At first glance, the Honda HR-V shouldn’t really work. Crossovers and SUVs are all about family practicality, aren’t they? Sportiness and performance considerations come second. Well, Honda thinks you can have both, and having spent time squirting a Honda HR-V Sport through the Hampshire countryside, we discovered that it makes for a strangely likeable mix.
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.
It’s been 10 years since these shores last saw a new Honda HR-V, back then marketed under the more catchy title of ‘Joy Machine.’ Although these days we’d be more inclined to refer to these things simply as ‘crossovers’, the press materials that accompany this new HR-V are strewn with images of surfer-types. Clearly, Honda are hoping their return to a segment they abandoned a decade ago will result in a resurgence of unfettered cheerfulness.
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The new Honda HR-V will be priced from £17,995 when it arrives in UK showrooms in late August of this year. Diesel models start from £19,745.
Honda has confirmed that the new HR-V will be powered by a choice of either 120PS 1.6-litre i-DTEC turbodiesel or 130PS 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engines when it arrives this summer.
Honda has confirmed that the new HR-V will arrive in the UK this summer. Slotting in below the CR-V and based on the Civic platform, Honda describes the styling as a blend of coupe and SUV.
Known as the Vezel in Japan and teased late last year, Honda has confirmed that its new small SUV will be coming to Europe as the HR-V, a nameplate previously used on a three-door 4x4 until 2006.