After trying, since 1999, the adventure of the small SUV with the first HR-V, Honda returned to this land, this time by scoring his many opponents panties. Although took him with a second version that makes life easier for its homogeneity and its many practical aspects. 2015 Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC
When the HR-V first name appeared in 1999, the fashion of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) was in its infancy. The marketing department Honda felt that there was a real potential, HR-V of the name being added to the name that reminded Joy Machine – increasingly awkward -to Fun Cruiser, first name Toyota RAV4 (1994). This small HR-V (4 m), however, did not meet the expected success, leaving the big brother CR-V (currently 4.61 m) surf more and more skilfully the wave SUV.
Today, the HR-V focusing on practical aspects of a compact minivan would not disown. Which is good, since the clientele looking for the same type of services (seat height, modularity, practicality) enjoying an adventurous image, more rewarding. The 2015 Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC has assimilated all this with excellent livability front and rear in a format content of 4.29 m. The trunk, already announced generous (from 470-1533 dm3) provides in addition to a large under-floor storage, since no spare tire is provided, even as an option (the deuce!).
We find especially Honda specialty that is the so-called seat “magic” that makes it easy to meet the foundation vertically to the full height. And when these are in place, an area equal to the surface is released below. Finally, divisible seats disappear very easily to enlarge the chest up, knowing that removing the headrest, the front passenger backrest can also lay flat to load an object measuring up to 2, 40 m long. From the first trim level Elegance, staffing is consistent: Using hill start, air conditioning automatic, four electric windows and mirrors, radio-CD, Bluetooth, USB, automatic headlamp lighting, cruise control with speed limiter, front seats heating, bench “magic” emergency brake in town … the key is there.
The second level provides the Executive collision warning systems before, recognition of road signs, Lane, intelligent limiter (which fits only to speed limit changes and has proven effective), and the aircon dual-zone, the rain sensor, the Honda Connect with 7-inch screen, two USB sockets and electrically folding mirrors. Finishing Executive Navi (our trial version) adds the Garmin GPS and digital radio. Finally, the upscale Exclusive Navi includes keyless start, the big sunroof, tinted windows the and the backup camera.
Already on board the Civic and CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC the 120 hp naturally finds its place under the HR-V hood. Soft, lacking in spurts, he shows dynamic from 1500 r / min while walking down easily at 1,200 r / min, demonstrating his disagreement by vibrating gently. A “good cushy” that proves efficient at half speed, capable of occasions and satisfactory acceleration.
In addition, the four-cylinder is served by a box certainly a little bone, but many locks, and whose control falls perfectly to hand and rather short race. However, it is quiet at steady state (air and road noise, however, take over) or very low in the turns, it gets noisy when accelerating, especially above 3,500 r / min. A diesel that should have better care for its sound, but that brings a real plus in the city by its elasticity. An asset for the HR-V, also served by its format content – adjoining the Opel Mokka (4.28 m) and Fiat 500X (4.25 m), less homogeneous – and a ray of right steering if not exceptional .
On the road, the Honda SUV reveals safe behavior, stable and accurate enough – it has a unique common platform shared with the Jazz, with the fuel tank under the front seats – but whose inertia proves sensitive to the time of investment in curves. Moreover, comfort, low speed farm, only higher speed to medium. This because of a bad rear damping. However, it turns out the wraps entries, turning slightly clumsy side in a pleasant natural feel. We could even cause frankly on slippery Portuguese pavement, where they attended the trial, until the trajectory control furnish us manfully in the right way. More amusing than annoying. Finally, although they already exist in Japan, Honda does not provide even import the 4×4 and hybrid versions.