ALL NEW HONDA HR-V
The new Honda HR-V is a striking SUV. Great design and thought has been put into the handsome aesthetics – inside and out – while remaining incredibly practical at the same time.
Our test vehicle was painted in platinum white pearl. This colour was a delight to see, but I can imagine, rather a headache to touch-up or blend. It certainly turned heads and created a buzz wherever we parked in.
The rear doors have the handles still tucked away behind the rear window and in the curve of the C-pillar. This adds to a sleek side line and is somewhat different to the standard look of others.
The tailgate has a walk-away close function, so as the smart key is removed from the immediate vicinity, the boot closes. There’s also a handy touch button to press to close automatically. It has a one-piece taillight design to give it a futuristic feel and the 17-inch black or silver diamond-cut alloy wheels highlight the gloss black cladding and grille.
It has a panoramic glass roof, and the glass has “Low-E” technology. This means that it blocks out infrared, ultraviolet and solar heat by up to 75% inside the vehicle. It helps keep occupant’s cooler while still enjoying the outside world coming from the window along your travels.
The new HR-V is equipped with Honda’s 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine generating a power output of 89kW @ 6600rpm and torque of 145Nm @ 4300rpm. This new 1.5-litre powertrain is powerful and efficient with a fuel consumption figure of just 6L/100Km and a CO2 emission figure of 144 g/Km.
This compact SUV has tons of rear passenger space and ride and drive is comfortable and precise from behind the wheel. It was also very fuel economical.
The all-new Honda HR-V utilises the support and comfort of technology through Honda SENSING®, which is a suite of driving features created to enhance and support your driving safely. With features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), a Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) as well as Auto High-Beam (AHB) functionality. That’s a lot of new technology included for good measure.
The Entry level Comfort is priced at R469 000 and the Flagship Executive model priced at R554 500
All models come standard with a 5-year / 200 000km warranty, and a 4-year / 60 000km service plan. Also included on all models is 3-year AA roadside assistance for additional peace of mind.
Story by: Claire Macfie