Honda’s bolder HR-V now available


Hoping to cash in on the ever increasing number of compact SUV offerings on the local market, Honda has announced the imminent arrival of its all-new HR-V.

Known in Japan since 2013 as the Vezel, the HR-V, unlike its softly styled predecessor that went out of production nine years ago, features a much more aggressive appearance with the same coupe-like profile as BMW’s X4 and X6, V-shaped front clip first seen on the recently facelifted CR-V, and stubby rear end dominated by oversized taillight clusters and a boot opening to just above the bumper line.

Inside, the HR-V’s Jazz routes are more prominent with the using of the same cabin layout, as well as the standard fitment of Honda’s flip-up Magic Seat system in the rear. Measuring 4 295 mm in length, 1 605 mm high and with a width of 1 770 mm, the HR-V is able to swallow cargo from 393-litres with the rear seats up, to 1 002-litres with the rear back folded down.

For South Africa, the HR-V will initially be available in two models with a similar choice of four cylinder engines, both driving the front-wheels through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters. No word has yet been about the availability of the European model’s six-speed manual box or all-wheel drive system offered in the USA and Japan, while no diesel model currently exists.

Using the same spec designation as the Jazz, the base Comfort comes fitted with the equally familiar 1.5-litre petrol engine that churns out 88 kW and 145 N.m of torque. Top speed is a claimed 179 km/h with the 0-100 km/h dash over in 12.0 sec. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 6.2 L/100 km with the taxable emissions coming in at 147g/km.

Standard kit includes a five-inch LCD infotainment display, four-speaker sound system with USB / Aux and Bluetooth audio streaming, Hill Hold Control, electric windows all around, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, electric mirrors, six airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, auto lock/unlock doors and Vehicle Stability Control.  

Serving as flagship, the Elegance uses a slightly revised version of the 1.8-litre engine found in the Civic, which now makes 105 kW (one up) and 172 N.m of torque (two down). Honda claims a 0-100 km/h time of 10.1 secs with top speed pegged at 188 km/h. Fuel consumption comes in at 6.8 L/100 km and emissions at 162 g/km.

Building on the Comfort’s list of spec, the Elegance adds a seven-inch touchscreen display, dual USB ports with Wi-Fi and HDMI connectivity, six-speaker sound system, reverse camera with rear parking sensors, keyless start/go, leather seats, 17-inch alloys, heated electric mirrors, rain sense wipers, auto on/off headlights, front foglights and daytime running LED’s.

A three year / 100 000 km warranty and four year / 60 000 km service plan in standard on both models.



1.5 Comfort 88 kW / 145 N.m R299 900
1.8 Elegance 105 kW / 172 N.m R354 900