2019 Honda HR-V review: The most practical choice for subcompact SUV

07/01/2019

Posted by: Henry Egan

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Welcome the 2019 Honda HR-V. As you would expect, Honda has delivered this one to the highest standard. Honda fanatics, check it out!

1. Introduction

The 2019 HONDA HR-V has an excellent exterior look and lots of standard and high-tech interior features. The new HR-V comes with a convenient standard seating of 5 with a Magic seat on the 2nd-row. The HR-V has 5 trim levels which include LX, SPORT, EX, EX-L and TOURING, each offering more luggage space and passenger room compared to the previous HR-V models. Some of Honda HR-V’s competitors include Mazda CX-3, Nissan Kicks and Jeep Renegade.

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Honda HR-V’s competitors include Mazda CX-3, Nissan Kicks and Jeep Renegade.

PROS

  • More spacious luggage room compared to some of its competitors
  • Better Fuel economy when compared to its rivals
  • Average front and rear seats size for the comfort of the passengers
  • It has an outstanding visibility when compared to rivals

CONS

  • Engine tiredness, vibration and noise even on a regular road
  • Insufficient climatic control system
  • Poor legroom at the front seats
  • The maximum engine power output and torque are not too impressive.

2. Interior

Honda HR-V's interior gives the passengers the maximum comfort and convenience when driving. All the menus and control buttons are logically arranged for easy access and control. The steering wheel is also covered with leather and very soft to the touch. The front and rear seats are also arranged in such a way that, it creates a spacious storage room of 58.8 cubic-foot when the rear seat is folded down and 24.3 cubic when the rear seats are up. This seating arrangement also makes entry and exit from the vehicle easier, however, because of small rear door openings, seats height and the sloppy roofline, entry/exit into and from the back seats may be more difficult.

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Honda HR-V comes with magic seats on the 2nd-row

Honda HR-V's slim vertical roof pillars greatly enhance front view visibility. Its long side windows and thick rear pillar together with the rearview camera makes side view and lane change a lot more easy. Generally, all 2019 Honda HR-V models have nice interior look and are compacted with standard infotainment system. A touchscreen media display and other high-tech features make driving a remarkable one. However, these features and design differ depending on the trim.

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The 2019 HR-V offers storage room of 58.8 cubic-foot when the rear seat is folded down

HR-V LX Trim

The Honda HR-V LX model costs $20,520 and comes with features like a 5" touchscreen central display, a telescoping and tilt steering wheel, 60/40 split folding back seat to give more room for cargo, Bluetooth connectivity, Honda magic seats features, 4 surround sound speakers, a USB port, power adjustable driver's seat and a CD media player. It also has some optional features like remote start and rear and front parking sensor which will cost an additional $495 and $514 respectively.

HR-V Sport Trim

The Sport model is about $22,220. It comes with additional interior features and some of the features in the previous model were upgraded in the new HR-V Sport model. It has its steering wheel wrapped with leather and also comes with a 7" touchscreen media display. Additional features like a 6-surrounding speakers, more USB ports, shift knob in the steering wheel, rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration system, active noise cancellation system and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

HR-V EX Trim

The Honda HR-V EX model adds some standard and high-tech features to make driving more comfortable. These features include keyless ignition and entry, sunroof to aid interior illumination, heated front seats, heated mirrors, HD and satellite radio, blind spot camera at the passenger side and automatic climatic control. This model also comes with driver assistance and standard safety features to ensure an accident-free driving. The Honda EX MODEL costs $23,720.

HR-V EX-L Trim

And the Honda EX-L model is like an upgraded version of HR-V EX model, it costs $25,320. It comes with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather wrapped steering wheel and leather upholstery.

HR-V Touring Trim

Lastly, the latest model of the HONDA HR-V, TOURING makes additional features like voice recognition for navigation system and 8-ways adjustable driver's seat. It has a starting price of $28,540.

3. Engine and Performance

All five trim levels of the Honda HR-V come with a 1.8 Liter four-cylinder engine. This engine delivers power output of 141 hp and torque of 127 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm. They all use a CVS automatic transmission system which evenly distributes engine power to the wheels and also makes changing of gear easier for convenient driving. With this engine configuration, the HR-V posts a relatively slower acceleration when compared with other subcompact SUVs of the same class, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds.

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All Honda HR-V models make use of front wheel drive system except the Touring model which comes with an optional standard all-wheel drive system. Traction and stability are greatly improved especially during off-road driving by these drive system. With the front-wheel drive, the HR-V fuel economy is 28/34 mpg city/highway and 27/31 mpg city/highway with the all-wheel drive system.

The steering system is very soft and easy to handle and control. For every turn made, the tires give adequate feedback. When the throttle is fully engaged at above 5,000 rpm, the gas pedal and the steering wheel experience slight vibration. At this point, the HR-V looks jumpy and smooth driving will also be difficult. The HR-V braking system is very responsive when engaged. The brake pedal also gives appropriate feedback. During the braking test, it decelerates from 60 to 0 mph within a distance of 124 feet. The 2019 Honda HR-V utilizes its electronic stability control system and suspension to its advantage, perfectly managing virtually every road condition with ease.

4. Exterior

The Honda HR-V has a very attractive and elegant SUV look. It comes with a number of standard and custom body color with a well sculpted body lines. It has a lot of exterior features which varies with trim level. Some of these features include fog lights, LED taillights, LED headlamps, panoramic sunroof and heated side mirrors. The LX Trim makes use of 17 inch alloy wheel while the Sport, EX and EX-L Trims utilize 18inch alloy wheels. The Touring model comes with its own unique wheels which make it stand out among other models.

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The Honda HR-V has a very attractive and elegant SUV look

5. Safety

The HONDA HR-V is built with a number of standard safety features and driver's assistance technology. However, these features in HR-V vary and optional in some trims. 2019 HR-V safety features include the likes of automatic braking system for emergency purpose, rearview camera, blind-spot camera, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and passenger side camera.

6. Features

Interior

  • A standard infotainment system with 5-7" touchscreen display and 4-8 surrounding speakers depending on the model.
  • Bluetooth and USB ports for media connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration system.
  • Adjustable seats and leather upholstery
  • Standard high-tech safety features and driver's assistance.

Exterior

  • Elegant SUV body style with well sculpted body lines
  • 17inch or 18inch alloy wheels depending on the trim selected
  • Fog light, LED taillight and LED headlamps

Drivetrain

  • 1.8 L four-cylinder engine with 141 horsepower and torque of 127 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm
  • A Continuously variable speed (CVT) automatic transmission system
  • Front wheel drive system in all model and optional standard all-wheel drive system in Touring model
  • Fuel economy for front wheel drive is 28/34 mpg city/highway and 27/31 mpg city/highway with the all-wheel drive system
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He has got a flair for technical reviews on automobile and cars. He studied Mechanical Engineering but his first love remains Literary Art.

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