Honda's smallest SUV offering updated with a new look and claims of extra comfort and refinement
Honda’s SUV line-up has been given a full makeover for 2018 with the arrival of a refreshed HR-V to sit underneath the all-new CR-V.
The facelift comprises of an exterior design refresh, changes in the cabin intended to enhance comfort, plus tweaks under the bonnet and in the bodywork aiming to improve the level of refinement served up by Honda’s Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008 rival.
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The front end of the car changes with a new front bumper, headlight and grille assortment, based on the latest interpretation of Honda’s design language. The grille gains a chrome effect upper portion, while the front bumper gets larger air vents with rounded circular fog lights. The HR-V’s headlight signatures have been redesigned too, and LED daytime running lights are now standard fit on all cars.
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Revisions at the back are subtler. A chrome strip connects the taillights, which also have new signatures and darker lenses. Higher-grade cars ride on fresh 17-inch alloy wheels, receive LED headlights and taillights and are finished with a chrome exhaust tip too.
In the cabin, Honda says it has redesigned the seats in a bid to make them more comfortable. The driver and front passenger get seats with new cushioning and a revised back rest, while the firm also claims that the standard fabric upholstery is of a higher quality now too. Range topping HR-Vs get full leather upholstery as standard.
When the car arrives on sale in Britain this October only one engine will be available. The entry level 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol is a naturally aspirated unit developing 128bhp and 155Nm of torque, and it’ll be available paired either to a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT transmission, both driving the front wheels. Honda says it has tweaked the engine with new friction reducing measures to reduce roughness and boost efficiency, while the new HR-V boasts further sound insulation around the car too. New Active Noise Cancellation technology is equipped for the first time as well.
Following the 1.5 i-VTEC petrol, a 1.5-litre VTEC-TURBO model with more power will arrive in spring 2019, plus a 1.6-litre diesel option. Prices should stay roughly in line with those of the current model, with only a very minor bump in price likely.
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