Combining the stylish looks of a coupé with the rugged feel of an SUV and the spacious interior of an MPV, the new 2015 Honda HR-V looks set to make quite an impact on what has become a fiercely competitive market.
Following the release of the original HR-V back in 1999, Honda decided to leave the segment in 2005. This new offering, based on the chassis of the all-new Honda Jazz supermini, shows the manufacturer's firm intention to reclaim its position in the subcompact SUV space.
The model has gone for a high-riding look, coupled with bold, sculpted contours more commonly associated with a coupé. It features the solid wing face of other models in the Honda line-up, plus smooth aerodynamic lines to increase efficiency. The large, black grille and distinctive bumpers help to give the HR-V a sense of purpose, while the tailgate is low and wide, ensuring the model is easy to load. Daytime running lights are available as an option to improve visibility and the HR-V comes with a choice of metallic and pearlescent paint finishes. A choice of three trim levels is also available – S, SE and EX, each offering increasingly higher spec equipment.
The interior of the car is likely to be the key selling point for most owners. Class-leading interior space means plenty of headroom and legroom for front and rear occupants, while the inclusion of Honda’s Magic Seat system ensures maximum flexibility. The 470-litre boot can be extended to create a 1,533-litre storage space once the rear seats have been folded, so carrying large loads is no problem.
Premium, soft-touch and sound-absorbent materials help add to the sense of refinement, while controlling the model's main settings is simple thanks to the optional Honda CONNECT infotainment system, complete with seven-inch touchscreen. Access your music collection or stay in touch with the outside world thanks to WiFi and Bluetooth® connectivity. Satellite navigation comes as standard on the top-of-the-range EX models.
Powering the HR-V is either a 1.5-litre 130PS i-VTEC petrol engine or a 1.6-litre 120PS i-DTEC diesel powerplant, both of which comply with the latest Euro 6 emissions standards. Buyers who chose the more efficient diesel option will enjoy impressive acceleration from 0-60mph in less than 10 seconds, and a return of up to 74.3mpg combined when teamed with Honda's manual six-speed transmission.
A range of innovative safety features come as standard with the new HR-V, including a collision prevention system to help avoid low-speed accidents in urban environments, front seat anti-whiplash head restraints and eight airbags. Advanced safety features available across the range include a lane departure warning system, traffic sign recognition, and Honda's Forward Collision Warning feature.
The new 2015 Honda HR-V is available at Phoenix Car Company's showrooms in Glasgow, Paisley now. Call or contact a member of the team online for further details on the model, or to arrange a test drive.