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2022 Honda HR-V Vi X evaluate


The previous-generation Honda HR-V was a marvel when it got here to maximising inside area inside its small physique, however it was by no means actually an SUV made to show heads.

Not so this new model, which presents cleaner and edgier styling language, and a extra upscale design. In some sense, it’s extra akin to the largely forgotten first HR-V iteration from the late Nineties and early 2000s…

On the similar time – according to Honda’s enterprise technique to promote fewer automobiles however at greater costs – the brand new mannequin is available in simply two spec grades, and prices greater than its predecessor did.

Subjectively it seems to be the half, providing up a clear and cohesive design with components together with the striped grille, slim LED lighting, a fastback-like silhouette, and broad rear mild bar.

Its mixture of a shorter entrance overhang, lowered roof, sleeker facet home windows, larger floor clearance, and larger-diameter wheels give it a extra highly effective stance than earlier than.

For all that, does it retain the attributes that made the earlier one so enduringly common, whereas enhancing different areas of weak spot beneath the pores and skin? Let’s discover out.

WATCH: Paul’s video evaluate of the HR-V e:HEV L

How a lot does the Honda HR-V Vi X value?

There are simply two HR-Vs to select from: the bottom Vi X petrol as examined right here, and the e:HEV L hybrid which we reviewed right here.

It’s a dearer proposition than earlier than, kicking off at $36,700 drive-away. The higher-equipped, extra highly effective and extra fuel-efficient hybrid is $45,000 drive-away.

Honda quotes nationwide drive-away costs quite than beneficial record costs excluding State taxes, like most manufacturers do as an alternative, as a result of it makes use of a distinct enterprise mannequin to promote its automobiles, which disallows haggling on the vendor.

To place this $36,700 worth into context, we obtained indicative drive-away quotes on some competitor fashions, utilizing a Melbourne postcode.

The Mazda CX-30 begins at $33,691 drive-away whereas the Evolve spec was $37,125 on the time of writing. The bottom Kia Seltos S asks for $29,290 drive-away whereas the Sport+ variant value $36,290. A Toyota C-HR GXL kicks off at $35,081 drive-away.

So the Honda isn’t uncompetitive, however for an entry grade it inarguably begins excessive. Honda counters that it’s not specified like a typical ‘base’ automotive, however for many individuals the entry worth is the determine that counts.

2022 Honda HR-V pricing

  • HR-V Vi X: $36,700 drive-away
  • HR-V e:HEV L: $45,000 drive-away

What’s the Honda HR-V Vi X like on the within?

The inside’s aesthetics and know-how are method higher than the previous HR-V’s, however that isn’t actually saying an enormous quantity.

The driving place from the (manually adjustable) seats is 10mm greater than earlier than, although the decrease roof and sporty window design do appear to influence how simple it’s to see out. That stated, it’s not practically as dangerous as a Toyota C-HR on this regard.

The seats are trimmed in very nice, gentle black material and appeared fairly comfy, whereas the wheel presents up/down and rake/attain motion. Too dangerous it’s fabricated from low cost plastic quite than tactile leather-based.

The white-on-black instrument cluster is straightforward however intuitive, with a digital pace readout within the centre, analogue speedo on the fitting, and a digital display with numerous views (tacho, journey meter, directional indicator) within the left-hand round part managed by the wheel buttons.

It’s all fairly properly made (in Japan this time, not Thailand just like the previous mannequin) and makes use of largely good gentle supplies on the contact factors – with the notable exception of the slippery plastic base on the storage space forward of the gear shifter, upon which issues simply slide about.

The 9.0-inch tablet-style touchscreen is laid out horizontally and presents just a few buttons and a quantity knob for shortcuts, plus a toolbar menu alongside the underside. The house screens comprise giant, sq. icons that make it simple to search out numerous menus.

All up, it provided good decision and processing instances, and when it comes to what it options is way extra up to date and correctly built-in than the previous HR-V’s techniques – at all times a earlier weak level. It additionally presents correct sat-nav, and never merely telephone mirroring.

There are additionally fairly nifty air vents on the acute edges of the sprint, with two strategies of blowing air: an everyday vents, and a smaller L-shaped part that blows extra softly and never straight at you. Considerate.

The air flow system can be operated by a sequence of pleasingly tactile, knurled silver dials that come proper from the Mazda playbook.

Cabin storage up entrance consists of that open part beneath the sprint, a smaller telephone shelf flanked by the 2 backlit USB factors (USB-A not USB-C), cupholders alongside the tunnel, bottle-friendly door bins, a mid-sized glovebox, and a console that appears smaller than the previous HR-V’s.

A significant promoting level of the previous HR-V was its peerless inside practicality and area. This new mannequin’s again seats have two-degrees larger reclining and 35mm extra legroom – for some context, I’m 194cm tall (6ft 4) and may comfortably match behind my very own superb driving place.

However headroom is a bit tighter – at my top anyway, my head touches the roof – and there aren’t any rear vents or USBs within the base mannequin. There’s additionally no center seat, as a result of Honda selected to not make a top-tether for the center pew as required by Australian Design Guidelines (ADR). Hmm.

Fortunately the well-known ‘Magic Seats’ stay, that means the rear seat’s bases may be pulled up and locked into place to deal with taller objects, and fold flat and low – we imply actually flat and low – that means it’s nonetheless extra spacious than your common small crossover.

With the seats folded down, the cargo ground is flat too, whereas beneath the rear boot part is a intelligent divide-and-hide space made out of froth.

But boot capability is inarguably smaller than earlier than, measuring 304 litres with the rear seats deployed utilizing the VDA formulation, and increasing to 1274L with the again seats down.

Within the previous HR-V, these figures on the VDA normal had been 437L and 1462L respectively.

With the again seats in use, the brand new HR-V’s boot capability as measured by litres, on the VDA check, is due to this fact 30 per cent smaller than the previous mannequin. The previous mannequin additionally had 5 seats…

There additionally isn’t the excuse that there’s a bigger spare wheel, since there isn’t one – only a tyre restore equipment.

New Honda HR-V Previous Honda HR-V
Size 4335mm 4348mm
Width 1790mm 1772mm
Peak 1590mm 1605mm
Wheelbase 2610mm 2610mm
Weight 1267kg 1274kg
Boot area (VDA) 304L 437L
Seats 4 5
Clearance 195mm 170mm

What’s beneath the bonnet?

Whereas the model-first (in Australia) electrified hybrid is the headline act (and focus of the media equipment), we’ve got the entry petrol-only mannequin right here on check.

It’s a 1.5-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder naturally-aspirated unit producing a claimed 89kW of energy at 6600rpm, and 145Nm of torque at 4300rpm, driving the entrance wheels.

The engine is mated to a CVT computerized, and makes use of a claimed 5.8 litres of gas per 100km, working on primary 91 RON petrol. There’s an idle cease/begin system that may be manually turned off.

For context, the earlier HR-V’s 1.8-litre engine made 105kW and 172Nm however used a claimed 6.6L/100km. The brand new mannequin isn’t any lighter than earlier than, so power-to-weight has gone backwards, whereas gas effectivity has improved.

For these , the e:HEV hybrid makes use of an analogous engine however runs a better compression ratio. Its motors-and-battery setup will increase outputs to 96kW and 253Nm, and cuts gas use to 4.3L/100km on the mixed cycle – the city cycle declare is simply 2.9L/100km.

How does the Honda HR-V Vi X drive?

This era of HR-V feels a bit extra agile and dynamic in corners than the previous one, regardless that you sit up a contact greater.

It additionally rides fairly properly regardless of rolling on bigger 18-inch wheels shod with good high quality Michelin Primacy 4 tyres, absorbing growth joints and potholes with relative grace.

It’s suspended fairly softly, so there’s a bit little bit of sideways motion of your physique in corners, however I discovered the general dynamics to be well-judged contemplating its core audience.

The steering could be very mild, that means it’s an absolute breeze to putter round in.

That engine is underdone although. On the optimistic entrance, it presents a clean cease/begin system and its CVT is kind of responsive off the mark, so the drivetrain does function predictably in congestion in contrast to some smaller turbos with dual-clutch transmissions made by different manufacturers.

It’s additionally fairly environment friendly, with my total 7.0L/100km common broad of the declare however nonetheless fairly first rate.

There isn’t a lot energy and torque there although, and since you have to actually pin the accelerator to stand up to freeway speeds or overtake, it loses its refinement. In the event you worth a push within the chest, this Honda isn’t the automotive for you.

My common zero to 100km/h instances had been 11.2 to 11.6 seconds, which is common. That stated, when you’re at freeway cruising speeds, it settles again to only over 2000rpm and ticks over high quality.

The actual fact Honda fees a lot extra for the clearly superior hybrid – on account of the added options on prime of the pricier engine – is kind of a disgrace, I need to say.

What do you get?

Honda Australia believes the brand new HR-V Vi X is positioned above the outgoing [second-from-base] VTi-S grade when it comes to normal options.

HR-V Vi X highlights embrace:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • Darkened privateness glass
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Computerized walk-away locking
  • Entrance and rear parking sensors
  • Handbook, material seats
  • Single-zone local weather management
  • Button begin perform
  • 9.0-inch touchscreen show
  • Apple CarPlay (wi-fi)
  • Android Auto (wired)
  • Digital radio
  • Satellite tv for pc navigation
  • 2 x USB ports
  • 4-speaker audio
  • Reversing digicam

HR-V e:HEV L provides:

  • LED energetic cornering lights
  • LED sequential indicators (entrance)
  • Gloss black exterior accents
    • Entrance and rear bumpers
    • Aspect skirts
    • Wheel arches
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Clever pace help
  • Energy tailgate with hands-free operation
  • Acoustic Car Alerting System (AVAS)
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Auto-folding, auto-dipping heated facet mirrors
  • Heated entrance seats
  • Leather-based steering wheel with heating
  • Paddle shifters
  • Twin-zone local weather management
  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Six-speaker audio
  • Auto up/down home windows (x 4)
  • Rear air vents
  • Rear USB cost ports

The HR-V is out there within the following colors:

  • Premium Opal pearlescent
  • Platinum White pearlescent
  • Crystal Black pearlescent
  • Meteoroid Gray metallic
  • Premium Crystal Purple metallic

There are a selection of equipment out there, headlined by a wi-fi telephone charger equipment that sells for an alarming $640. Don’t pay that, it’s exorbitant.

Is the Honda HR-V Vi X protected?

When it comes to crash testing, Australia’s ANCAP has not lodged an unbiased rating at this stage.

Nonetheless, its sister organisation Euro NCAP gave the HR-V hybrid a four-star rating: 82 per cent for adults, 75 per cent for youngsters, 72 per cent for pedestrians and cyclists, and 78 per cent for security help options.

We’d sometimes count on this score to hold over to Australian examples.

Commonplace passive security options embrace entrance, facet and curtain airbags – however no front-centre airbag for side-impact head clashes. The 2-seat rear bench has two top-tether and two ISOFIX anchor factors for little one seats.

On the energetic security entrance, each HR-V grades get some ‘Honda Sensing’ options together with:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (AEB)
  • Ahead collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane-keep help
  • Lane centring
  • Adaptive cruise management w/ low-speed observe
  • Site visitors signal recognition

Above this, solely the e:HEV L hybrid provides blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and an ‘clever’ pace limiter – which is frankly disappointing.

The absence of the previous two options in a automobile with common outward visibility must be addressed.

How a lot does the Honda HR-V Vi X value to run?

Honda’s guarantee covers 5 years and limitless kilometres, and packages roadside help into the usual coverage.

The primary 5 providers are capped at an unusually low $125 every, although servicing is required each 12 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first – a shorter distance interval than some.

Regardless, there’s no cheaper new automotive to service than a Honda proper now.

CarExpert’s Tackle the Honda HR-V Vi X

In some methods this HR-V is healthier than its predecessor

It’s a lot nicer to take a look at, and to take a seat in; it handles tough and twisty roads extra confidently; it’s cheaper to keep up; and its total know-how ranges are far more up to date.

However it additionally fails to match its predecessor with regards to boot area, energy and torque, and sheer metal-for-the-money.

It’s clear that it’ll appeal to new (most likely youthful) consumers drawn to its newfound edge, however whether or not it may well preserve the devotees of the previous mannequin pleased is kind of one other query.

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