With 3000 sales in 2018 on the French market, the HR-V earned better. Honda wanted to give a good boost to this SUV, including with a "Sport" version with an engine 1.5 i-VTEC from 182 horses. This engine joins the 1.5 VTEC 130 hp version that is already on the market.
But the changes are not limited to the new engine block. It is a "Sport" version that receives many evolutions: black wheel arches, new rocker panels, sportier shields, 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and a roof spoiler.
There is space
The HR-V measures 4.29 meters. It is larger than the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur or Citroën C3 Aircross, but more compact than the 3008 or the Kadjar. With two categories nearby, he stands out in terms of habitability. The centrally located fuel tank offers space for passengers. The Honda is at the forefront of space.
Passengers have enough space at the rear to fit their head and legs. Here too we leave the urban SUV category to participate in the benefits of an SUV for families.
A flat floor possible
The layout is well thought out with a system that folds the folders in different positions into a flat floor or instead favors the height of the loading or loads long objects. It is unique in this category.
One might fear that this space is thought to the detriment of the tribe, it will be nothing. The trunk offers a fair value of 470 liters, expandable to 1103 liters, once the sofa is folded.
Behind the wheel …
The driving position behind the steering wheel is easy to adjust. But we would have liked a higher amplitude of the height setting for the elderly, or drivers who did not want to succumb to the dictation of driving in the high position.
A good welcome
Yet it is perhaps here that Honda has the best surprise, with a red leather of the best effect. He brings radical cutting with the usual austerity of this type of interior a real sporting note and improves the standard of the house.
Sharpenable like a Japanese sword
We notice a pleasant dynamic from the first wheel revolutions. The HR-V revives with strength and power. With the 182 horsepower engine that can already be seen on the Civic, this small SUV takes part in the sports category. The manual transmission model goes from 0 to 100 km / h in just 7.8 seconds, what should I get out of the pack at the red light.
Agile in the city and in turns
In the city the maneuverability of this Honda is great, well helped by an elastic mechanism and full of goodwill. An innovative damping system, integrated in the front and rear of the vehicle, can compensate for the lateral movements of the chassis. Tested on the roads of the Portuguese coast, this set is beautiful in the series of turns. The HR-V Sport runs like on rails without rolling.
The world of silence
On this advanced HR-V, the engineers at Honda have been particularly alert to the acoustics. The Japanese have assessed the thickness of the insulation materials in the cabin. From the wheel arches to the door panels, the interior now contains an extra layer of insulation and acoustic floor covering. These small details are part of a noise reduction system. The noise is picked up by microphones and "conversely" by a low-frequency system that transmits audio signals through the speakers. In use, the speech of this engineer is verified by a reduced noise level in the cabin of this version with manual gearbox. Indeed, the CVT-type automatic gearbox, which has also been tested, is much less discreet, which means that the engine has to "mill" excessively.
A toy for the whole family
Ultimately, the benefits of this HR-V Sport are convincing. The chassis is a treat and the driving pleasure is very convincing. The tempting presentation helps to forget some shortcomings in the equipment. The lack of a glass roof in the range or the multimedia system is part of it. Remains a good product offered by an engaging brand for connoisseurs.
The HR-V Sport model has a CO2 emission of 135 g / km in manual gearbox and 137 g / km in CVT gearboxes (correlated NEDC standards).
Consumption: 5.9 liters per 100 km in the combined cycle (correlated NEDC standards).
Price: € 29 190 (€ 353 malus)
Posted on 07/20/2019 at 7:00 AM