Let it be said, the future of automotive brands passes (short and medium term anyway) by crossovers. So everyone completes its range to the maximum and to Honda, today it gives a little brother to the CR-V HR-V.
In 1999 appeared the Honda HR-V first name. A nice little car with a nice face, but did not find its clientele: the crossover market was almost nonexistent in the beginning there were only 3 doors, there was no diesel in the range, and … such a confession of inability crossing, there were 2WD! Things have changed today: Honda has one of the best in the diesel market (1.6 iDTEC), the demand on gasoline versions off the crossover market is exploding and customers in general now do not care for 4WD. The conditions were all met to launch a new HR-V.
The HR-V uses a new platform, which will power the next Global Small Car of the brand (the Jazz, so).Under the hood, it resumes as we said the excellent 1.6 iDTEC still strong 120 horsepower, but it also equips a 1.5 iVTEC gasoline. The latter is gasoline direct injection, which is fairly new Honda (the Civic Type R has just inaugurated this technique). It develops 130 horsepower but offers only 15.8 kgm torque: it is an engine without turbo, making it almost a curiosity about our current markets, where all current novelties are turbocharged. Both engines are of course comply with the new Euro 6b and offer low CO2 emissions standards.
In terms of transmission against it\’ll be quickly explained: front-wheel drive for everyone! The first HR-V name existed in AWD Real Time Yet? In fact, 4wd transmission exist indeed, but … not in our markets: not enough demand. Here, moreover, no Hybrid model for us either!
We\’ll let you judge the aesthetics of the car. Rear door handles are hidden in the amount, and the rear is fleeing, much like a BMW X4. As for us, we liked the front, much less back. The set does not offend the eyes in any case it was wanted, but to the point that it may seem a bit bland. There has in recent productions of competition some models more … exciting.
The interior has convinced us better. We find a sober interior in the style of the Honda CR-V (and not complicated in the futuristic-style Civic) but with some modern elements. Air conditioning is tactile, and the parking brake is electric (a first for Honda). Our copy enjoyed items like piano black, and the new GPS provided by Garmin who still do not convince us (no zoom at intersections, etc.).
Above all, the interior offers the usual qualities Honda: the Magic bench and its multiple possibilities of loading a few 12V sockets (rear passengers, safety …), and all kinds of storage including empty pockets large enough to accommodate bottles and two large cup holders in the front. Enough to mention the quality of some plastics and absence, once again, an engine temperature indicator. And above all, like a Civic or CR-V, there is a great roominess and a large trunk of 470 liters. On that side, the HR-V hits hard!
Technology side, the HR-V comes standard on all versions the emergency brake in town (CTBA). Again, this is new for Honda. The top finishes are added the ADAS package now well known: it integrates the Lane Departure warning, beam assistant, but especially the adaptive cruise control, equipment always as pleasant to use. A new feature appears: reading the signs, which can, if desired, automatically adjust the speed limiter. A pleasant innovation, if not our HR-V poorly read the signs. We met 2-3 times over areas the car has interpreted as areas … not limited! Yet we were not in Germany!
Rather unexpected thing from Honda, we found it a bit noisy vehicle. It is not at all in the habits of the brand! And again, we found the suspension very / too firm while the HR-V is anything but a sports car. For comfort, it is not totally won!
Aside from the noise, the 1.6 iDTEC could flaunt the qualities we know him sufficient power, a rather generous torque even at the bottom of the rev counter and a really reasonable consumption. This is, obviously, the version that will be the most sold.
Under these conditions, we were convinced that the 1.5 iVTEC would offer nothing more, quite the opposite: a crossover move when you have no torque, it is difficult. Now try this new engine has more than surprised us. We are in agreement: the bottom of the tachometer, the 1500 does not offer a couple.But it is very round, very smooth, and a lot quieter than diesel: finally, in city traffic, it is doing very well.
Once in the great outdoors, it is enough to finally have pep to climb the towers, usually Honda engines love it. This 1500 is no exception to the rule, and even shows worthy of his elders: with the snoring sound As the rise of the tachometer, the VTEC awakens our senses and awakens. The box is very long, forcing him to shift down as soon it wants to accelerate the pace. To double nimbly on fast track, we got to go from 6 ° to 3 ° right! Take turns with a 7000 crossover is not common but if you like to drive there quickly get! Conduit and the suspension that we find too firm on diesel becomes very interesting. Here is perhaps the first sports crossover segment! Dads will undoubtedly appreciate.
Surprisingly, unlike the majority of Honda sold here, the HR-V is not produced in England, but it does not come from Japan either: it is produced … in Mexico.
The Honda HR-V comes fifteen years after the first of the name. If its benefits are … iDTEC diesel sound, the small gasoline engine iVTEC was frankly amused us. So hey, if you ever looking for a sporty crossover …
Text & Photos: Manu Bordonado
Honda HR-V 1.5 and 1.6 iVTEC iDTEC: Datasheet
|Model :||HRV 1.5 iVTEC||HRV 1.6 iDTEC|
|Engine model:||4 cylinders in line||4 cylinders in line|
|Engine arrangement||Transversal before||Transversal before|
|Food||Direct injection||Common rail|
|Overeating||–||Variable geometry turbo intercooler|
|Distribution||–||Double overhead cam shaft|
|Number of valves||4 per cylinder||4 per cylinder|
|Bore & Stroke||73.0 x 89.5 mm||76.0 x 88.0 mm|
|Displacement||1498 cc||1597 cc|
|Power||130 hp at 6600 rev / min||120 hp at 4000 rev / min|
|Couple||15.8 kgm at 4600 r / min||30.5 kgm at 2000 r / min|
|Gearbox||6 reports||6 reports|
|Fiscal power||7 cv||6 cv|
|Direction||Rack, power||Rack, power|
|Rear suspension||Torsion bars||Torsion bars|
|Brakes front||Ventilated discs (293mm)||Ventilated discs (293mm)|
|Rear brakes||Discs (282mm)||Discs (282mm)|
|Front tire||215/60 HR16||215/60 HR16|
|Rear tire||215/60 HR16||215/60 HR16|
|Length||429 cm||429 cm|
|Width||177 cm||177 cm|
|Height||161 cm||161 cm|
|Safe||470 liters||470 liters|
|Weight||– Kg||– Kg|
|Weight / Power||NC||NC|
|Maximum speed (km / h)||–||–|
|0 to 100 km / h||–||–|
|0 to 160 km / h||–||–|
|0 to 200 km / h||–||–|
|400 meters DA||–||–|
|On the road||–||–|
|Tank||50 liters||50 liters|
|Highway autonomy||– Km||– Km|
|CO2||130 g / km
||104 g / km
|Price & equipment|
|Base price||21000 euro||23300 euro|