First test: Honda HR-V, the revolutionary SUV

First test: Honda HR-VFirst test: Honda HR-VFirst test: Honda HR-VFirst test: Honda HR-V

16 years is nothing, tell that to Honda, that there by the year 1999 launched a real bombshell to a market that was beginning to live with today successful SUV. but that HR-V was much more than a recreational vehicle, because as it suggested by its name bet or a revolutionary concept in design and conception. Having already made history yet the CR-V very own brand or the legendary Toyota RAV4, there was nothing that he seemed at that time. Honda today takes that name for a vehicle with more conservative design and concept, but also revolutionary in the way of understanding this time the family, capable of providing great flexibility of use.

Average size

Honda HR-VThat's one of his main weapons, but not the only one. equipment security, good chassis tuning, Diesel engine reference and new generation gasoline apostillan the keys to success This model, though, is in the middle top of its category. Opel Mokka, Fiat 500X, Mazda CX-3, Renault Captur, Suzuki Vitara, Jeep Renegade and so on are the models that the new HR-V will face, though Honda is also intended target somewhat higher, namely Nissan Qashqai unbeatable, not much larger in length, but actually in a higher category by touching car and driving.

Almost 4.3 meters measures body HR-V. It is in its 177 m width which can sense the origin of the base, a global platform Honda Civic adapted to Jazz and with corresponding modifications, with certain structural features such as the location of the fuel tank in the center of floor- to make better use of the carrier. clearly recognize family resemblance in the front design, but not so much in the back, for me, the area less achieved. Likewise, the interior has clear echoes other household products, but really know that Honda is when you analyze the details and especially the adaptability. Even with plenty of hard plastic on the dashboard, you have to touch them to get confirm that you are so, and also to extend the interior trim in an area where others leave plate in sight. The front seats have an absolutely dominant position, but clearly higher than conventional tourism. overhead console that extends between seats with plenty of space to make objects, new touchscreens, electric parking brake ... Before you fit like a glove, but the revolutionary R today and in this segment, is located in the rear seats and in its functionality.

Functionality butt

Honda HR-VDifficult, if not impossible, to get more space-and spaces- here. Again, their "Magic Seat", Civic type seats, easily -cabrían hollow below three backpacks or a couple of travel bags that are not such tight and folded up and its base to the vertical, allows us to transport the most diverse objects can imagine. The rear doors also open clearly more than the average, he floor is almost flat, so that the central plaza is fully usable, and achura, leg elevation and height, the HR-V takes advantage much good space. As a demonstration, 453 liters boot including a compartment under the floor of about 70 liters, if requested by the customer, you may become the space for the spare wheel. A simple gesture and each of the two sections of the rear seats are pivoted and lie down to leave a completely flat surface cargo, if necessary, can be extended to the maximum resting right front support.

Without AWD

I always say that a range that does not offer the customer the opportunity to buy at least a version with all-wheel drive is not a true SUV. Technically not a handicap, because Honda is offered in the US market, but the brand prefers to bring the cars super equipped from the base, with equipment well staggered three possible levels of finishes, and give up the minority of customers who would buy a 4x4 of this type. Of course, you can add the called Aero Pack which it includes specific bumpers and side sills that provide a very Campero exterior look, but quickly you realize that the ride height from the ground is essential to get around town safe to take a curb minimal.


Honda HR-VTwo are the engines offered by the HR-V in our market. On one hand, the 1.6 i-DTEC 120 hp, widely known among us, used in Civic, able to move with solvency bulky CR-V, his older brother. It is only available with manual gearbox 6-speed. his great pair, elasticity, consistency and good stretch are the perfect place to offer that duality is sought in these cars complement, because it is perfectly adata a fast driving as a more gentrified or "family". It does not seem as refined as the Civic, but all other respects solved as well, including a low average consumption of between 4 and 4.1 l / 100 km, depending on trim level. It is, without doubt, the engine range, but Honda is debuting.

Brand new, the engine 1.5 i-VTEC reminds us in his touch and stretched, the "ancient" Sling. Yes, in sum variable valve timing now optimized for all mobile friction and high compression elements direct injection. 130 HP and 15.8 mkg torque, from which it follows that is a -even atmospheric moto0r left us a few years to see small turbo gasoline engines with 2 and 3 cylinders-. Smoothly at low engine speeds, punchy up. also moves very well the body of the HR-V and you can spend a great time between curves, experiencing again and again nerve changing when exceeding 5,000 rpm. Between 5.6 and 5.7 l / 100 km is the average expenditure with manual gearbox, figures down to 5.2 and 5.4 l / 100 km -the variation depends on the tire when associated to mountain- CVT variator. With Normal and Sport modes in this case, with 7 fixed stages that can be selected by levas-, it responds much better than previous CVT, while still having the typical touch drive, interlocking therefore constant and high engine speeds while pulleys gradually modify development. It costs 1,000 euros and sure to be a change that will not adapt bad for those who lead quiet, but I recommend trying a try before taking the final step.

Dynamically, Wickers are good, and are noted. Honda can bet on a suspension setup that guarantees good control body in transverse and longitudinal direction achieving comfort and ride quality. The electric steering has excellent feel and the interior is pretty well soundproofed, so the HR-V wheel with high comfort and a feeling of great car that only degrades when we driving limits that surely the user will not come near kind. Only it comes out there's more Civic Jazz, losing some precision in the front to show more bounce and understeer, while guaranteeing sense of security and control.


And if so far, everything I've told you you think it is, notes the level of equipment and above all the comfort and safety devices can lead. From level Comfort is present the conditioner, electric parking brake, alloy wheels 16 inches, emergency braking system in city, cruise control, bluetooth, conditioner or light sensors and rain and other elements. Elegance wide climate control two areas, including sensors front, parking lights or alarm, but the real highlight is the security package: frontal collision warning system, traffic sign recognition, warning of involuntary change lanes, Adaptive Highbeam Assist and intelligent speed limiter, relying on speed limits that can be read by recognizing signals. Executive, meanwhile, passes flea rim 17 carries panoramic roof, Honda Connect Navi browser, Led lights, combination skin / fabric upholstery or rear camera, an equipment therefore the level that Honda aims to be competing. Keep prices consistent with the product and are also encime average, although promotional 2,000 euros at least be available at this time pedidos- allowed-and leave the HR-V in a downright competitive position.


Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC Comfort: 23,000 euros

Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC Elegance: 24,900 euros

Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC Executive: 27,800 euros

Honda HR-V 1.5 i-VTEC Comfort: 21,200 euros

Honda HR-V 1.5 i-VTEC Elegance: 23,100 euros

Honda HR-V 1.5 i-VTEC Executive: 26,000 euros

Honda HR-V 1.5 i-VTEC Elegance: 24,100 euros

Honda HR-V 1.5 i-VTEC Executive: 27,000 euros

additional discount of 2,000 euros for promotion into force.

Technical data

Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC



4 cylinders in line, transverse front

Cylinder capacity and dimensions

1597 cm3 - 76x 88 mm


Double overhead camshaft, 4 valves per cylinder


Diesel direct injection common rail, VGT and heat exchanger


16.0: 1

Maximum power

EEC 120 hp at 4,000 rpm

maximum torque

30.6 mkg at 2,000 rpm


front-wheel drive, 6-speed manual transmission


Dry single disk


Susp. lead

McPherson strut with lower

Susp. rear

Torsional axle profile H

Front brakes

ventilated disc 293 mm

rear brakes

282 mm disc


electric rack


215/60 R16 - R17 215 55

coefficient Cx



429 x 177 x 160 cm

Battle and routes

153/154 and 261 cm


1324-1404 kg

comb deposit.

50 liters


453 liters



192 km / h

Acel. 0-100 km / h

10 s

urb consumption. / Extrurb. / mixed

4.2-4.4 / 3.8-3.9 / 4.0-4.1 l / 100 km


104-108 g / km