Thinking of buying a new car? Sue Cooke gives us an honest review of the Honda HR-V Sport
Facts at a glance
Model: Honda HR-V Sport | Engine: 1.5T VTEC Turbo with CVT | Performance: 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds | Combined fuel consumption: 39.2 mpg (WLTP) | CO2 emissions: 163 g/km | Price: £28,365 otr
My daughter and I live such busy working lives that we don’t get much chance to spend quality time together. When we decide to combine our talents and tackle the high street shops, we have a brilliant arrangement. She tells me what might help to keep me looking young and trendy and I ensure that her 20 year old whims are practical and within budget. Much like the combination of the beautiful lines of a coupé merged with a robust SUV. I’ll leave you to decide which is which!
A coupe merged with an SUV is the exterior styling of the new Honda HR-V Sport I road tested this week. The 2019 model features updates to the interior, a range of advanced technologies and enhanced exterior styling. Rear door handles are integrated within the C-pillar and a large shark fin antenna tops the roof.
The Sport model, which is designed to appeal to buyers wanting a sportier look has a slim front splitter, side skirts, plus wheel arch mouldings and a more aggressive rear bumper – all finished in black. Sport trim also includes black door mirror caps, dual exhaust pipes and 18-inch alloy wheels.
My particular likes are the high driver’s seat which give a good command of the road ahead and for driver and passenger, there is enhanced support in the seat cushion and back rest. There is a fantastic range of technology which includes as standard City-Brake which boosts braking power when needed. There is a long list of additional electronic systems which assist with safety.
As I negotiated the Saturday traffic nightmare, my daughter negotiated her way around the seven inch touch screen, part of the Honda Connect with Garmin infotainment system. The Android-based system has an app-based ‘pinch, swipe and tap‘ interface. Honda Connect comes with pre-installed apps, with others available for download from the Honda App Centre. These give rapid access to internet-based services such as web browsing, real-time traffic information, news and weather, social media, and internet music stations. A very clear rear wide view camera helped us to find a parking space. Then we were off to the shops.
There was no worry about packing it all in the boot. In the quality interior, Honda’s designers have managed to eke out extra space through the ingenious tactic of moving the fuel tank. Traditionally positioned in the rear of the car, the fuel tank eats up precious usable space. By placing it in the centre of the car, underneath the rear seats, designers have significantly expanded the boot capacity.
With 431 litres of space with the seats up and 1,473 litres with the seats down, the compact SUV amazingly accommodated all our shopping. Honda also has a branded ‘Magic Seat’ system which allows each of the 60:40 split second-row seats to adopt numerous configurations to maximise people or shopping bags. So we could buy lots!
I road tested the 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo petrol engine used in the Civic Sport. This potent powerplant is available with a slick shifting six speed manual or the latest generation CVT.
It’s been nearly 20 years since the first HR-V was launched, signalling Honda’s return to the crossover segment, which has been massively successful for the company. And with a combination of good looks, impressive practicality, efficient engines and keen pricing the 2019 HR-V, is just like me and my daughter, a fantastic combination.