The all-new Honda HR-V has officially arrived on the local market. It offers competitive pricing which should make it a tough contender in the very popular small SUV segment.
Four variants are available in Australia, spanning from the VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L and VTi-L with ADAS safety systems. All are powered by a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine producing 105kW and 172Nm, and all are backed up by a continuously variable auto transmission (CVT).
For the entry VTi, buyers get 16-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, a display audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and multi-format support, and a multi-angle rear-view camera. Single-zone climate control is also standard.
Stepping up to the VTi-S gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, smart entry with push-button start, LED headlights, auto wipers, roof rails, LaneWatch blind-spot detection, City-Brake active braking, and a leather steering wheel.
For the VTi-L, there’s unique 17-inch alloy wheels, a full leather trim, paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, and dual-zone climate control with privacy tinted glass. The ADAS package brings forward-collision warning, lane departure warning, and auto high-beam headlights to the mix.
Honda describes the new HR-V as having a sophisticated yet spacious interior, as well as offering sedan-like steering for easy parking. A low centre of gravity also helps to support a dynamic driving character, according to Honda.
Interested punters can purchase an example now via Honda dealers around the country. It competes in the market with the likes of the Hyundai ix35, Nissan QASHQAI, and Mitsubishi ASX. Prices are as follows (excluding on-road costs):
2015 Honda HR-V VTi – $24,990
2015 Honda HR-V VTi-S – $27,990
2015 Honda HR-V VTi-L – $32,990
2015 Honda HR-V VTi-L ADAS – $33,990