Review - Honda HR-V
April 08, 2021
If you’re looking for a small SUV to make your outdoor adventures a breeze – while also keeping everyone in the family happy – you can’t go past the 2016 Honda HR-V VTi-L.
A small SUV with real inner beauty
Forget the funny-looking HR-V launched back in 1999, the 2016 Honda HR-V’s sleek redesign is sporty and quirky all at once. With modern exterior styling, a comfortable interior and five-star ANCAP rating, the HR-V is the perfect vehicle to suit an active single lifestyle or accompany the modern family through the practicalities of everyday life.
Passengers can relax in the HR-V, thanks to a spacious rear-seat configuration. Power sockets front and back are also available to keep everyone’s devices charged – a definite win, especially on those long trips! Keeping your smartphone charged is essential since there’s no sat-nav, even as an option.
The infotainment and climate-control systems are standard across the range, with well-integrated and intuitive control panels. The arched centre console completes the look and includes some handy trapdoor-like storage beneath the cup holders.
The VTi-L's soft leather seats and full-length panoramic roof add to the luxurious feel. If you’re transporting kids on a longer trip, bring their headphones so you can enjoy your preferred style of music through the crisp and distortion-free audio.
If, on the other hand, you’re transporting larger items, the Magic Seat folding mechanism allows the option of collapsing the cushion completely to free up space behind the front seats. This means boot space can expand from 437 litres to 1462 litres – a great option for those who regularly cart around lots of gear.
A beautiful drive
The HR-V is a well-balanced and comfortable drive at all speeds. The engine is best described as edgy but slightly subdued.
Driving aids help you relax a little so you can settle in and enjoy the drive: reverse camera, left mirror-mounted Lane Watch camera and active city braking. The ADAS package on the VTi-L includes lane-departure warning, active high beam and forward collision alert.
The HR-V delivers more than just beauty, though. During testing, it returned an impressive average of 7.7L/100km, with some spirited driving involved. Pressing the green ‘Eco’ button will help you stay on track if economy is a priority. Safety is a selling point as well – all models feature a full suite of airbags, a very rigid bodyshell and a five-star ANCAP rating.
With over 20 compact SUVs on the market to choose from, the HR-V certainly has some work to do to stand out from the pack. But with its well-built and comfortable features, it’s an affordable model that offers value for money.
Prices start at $24,990 for the entry-level VTi and $27,990 for the intermediate VTi-S. The most luxurious model, the VTi-L, starts from $33,340.
5 specs you need to know
- Engine: 1.8-litre four-cylinder.
- Transmission and drive: CVT automatic, front-wheel drive.
- ANCAP safety rating: Five stars (scored 36.22 out of 37).
- Official fuel economy: 6.9L/100km (7.7L/100km during test).
- Time from 0-100km/h as tested: 10.28 seconds.
- Smooth, efficient and responsive.
- Economical in all situations.
- High-quality interior.
- Active Lane Watch technology.
- No sat-nav in any variant.
- Engine lacks energy against some rivals.
- No manual transmission or AWD options like overseas versions.