Newcastle Car Reviews / Honda HR-V
11:23 AM | 23.11.2016 | AK Morris
Honda HR-V 23 November 2016 | AK Morris
NEWCASTLE CAR REVIEWS

Honda HR-V

A whole lot of Magic

NEWCASTLE CAR REVIEWS

Honda HR-V

A whole lot of Magic

If you're a coffee drinker, you’ll appreciate just how wonderful a great flat white is. And if you’re not a coffee drinker, I’m sure the caffeine-addicted around you have made you more than aware of just how life-altering this little cup of heaven can be. How something so inexpensive and conveniently-sized can have such a huge impact on one’s day (and in some cases, one’s life) is staggering.

Why am I raving on about coffee in a car review? Because the Honda H-RV is very much like the perfect flat white. It, too, is an inexpensive, perfectly-sized gem of a thing that will potentially impact your life in magical ways.

On first impressions, the HR-V is a great looking car. Honda’s design language of a strong angular front end works so well on the H-RV, and details like the integrated rear door handles, LED headlights, 17” alloys and daytime running lights add to a great looking package.

Inside, the HR-V feels much more expensive than the price suggests. Heated leather seats, leather steering wheel and shift knob, soft touch materials, chrome trim and digital dual-zone climate control with iPhone-like touch functionality all enhance the premium feel.

And then there’s the practicality. From the clever little touches like the centre console cup holders having false floors to accommodate larger drink bottles as efficiently as that small flat white, to the huge 437-litre boot and Honda’s ingenious Magic seat system.

This system is incredible and allows gargantuan amounts of rear cargo area. As the rear seats fold forward, the base of the rear seat lowers into the rear seat footwell, creating an area that feels like it’s spacious enough to start your own housing estate.

How much space, you ask? 1462 litres. That’s 731 two-litre cartons of milk. More than enough for a plethora of flat whites (or whatever the collective noun for a flat white is).

The HR-V comes with a three year/100,000km warranty with Honda’s tailored servicing so, at the time of writing, services are capped at $298.

Levels of equipment are impressive too with a 7-inch colour touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, an MP4 movie player, HDMI connectivity, two USB ports up front, parking sensors and a reverse camera with normal, wide and top down angles.

The HR-V also has autonomous emergency braking below 30km/h and “Honda Lane Watch” which is a camera mounted in the passenger rear view mirror that displays whatever is lurking in your blind spot when you activate the left-hand indicator.

So what’s the HR-V like to drive? It's great. Honda has been renowned for dynamic and engaging cars. Considering the HR-V is a front wheel drive crossover SUV, it’s still a really fun thing. The engine is no force to be reckoned with, but the 1.8 litre, 105kW 4 cylinder with 172Nm is responsive and more than capable of helping you find gaps in the traffic.

This engine is mated to a very smooth CVT transmission with the excellent auto hold feature. Auto hold stops the car creeping forward even when the HR-V is in gear with the brakes off. Together this powertrain package is efficient, too, with a claimed fuel efficiency of 6.6 litres per 100km.

Dynamically, the HR-V is very good. It soaks up potholes, bumps and joins in the road very well while still staying quite flat through enthusiastic cornering. While the ride, steering and handling are controlled and almost sporty, the HRV remains comfortable.

The HR-V comes with a three year/100,000km warranty with Honda’s tailored servicing so, at the time of writing, services are capped at $298.

If you're after an affordable, stylish, efficient crossover SUV with enormous practicality, the HR-V is the pick on the menu. It’s better than a great flat white, it’s like having your own personal barista who enjoys helping you move, or pick up half of the stock at Bunnings.

AK Morris

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