The Honda HR-V has been updated for 2019 with styling tweaks inside and out and, from next spring, the option of a new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine.

In the meantime, the unturbo’d 1.5-litre petrol unit carries on the charge as the sole engine option, the 1.6-litre diesel having been taken off sale presumably because it isn’t yet certified under the new WLTP emissions regime. It’s expected to return in the spring.

Exterior changes are centred around what Honda calls its ‘Solid Wing Face’ design.  That manifests itself as a new chrome panel across the snout, joined by revised bumpers and updated headlights with projector lenses and LED running lights.

The rear lights now have darker lenses and there’s an extra splash of chrome trim across the tailgate.

There’s a new design of 17-inch alloy wheel for higher-spec models, plus the option of a new Midnight Blue Beam metallic paint.

Inside, Honda says it has revised the design of the front seats to offer greater support, while top-spec models now include leather upholstery as standard.

The company claims to have improved cabin refinement by adding extra sound insulation in key areas, while models further up the range will now be equipped with Active Noise Cancellation to help deal with low-frequency cabin noise.

Changes to the normally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine aimed at reducing internal friction haven’t increased its output, still at 130ps and 155Nm, but the 2019 model is now half a second quicker from 0-62mph (10.2s for the manual, 10.9 for the auto), presumably as a result of gearing changes.

Economy has dropped slightly to 53.2 mpg for the CVT auto model, with CO2 emissions now from 121 g/km.

Figures for the forthcoming 1.5-litre turbo haven’t been announced, but in the larger CR-V it offers 173ps with a manual gearbox and 193ps with the CVT.

Deliveries of the 2019 Honda HR-V are expected to begin in October, the 1.5-litre turbo arriving next spring.

Alex Kefford


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