Published on April 3rd, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
The Honda HR-V That Europe Gets
From the first glance, the new European HR-V’sdesign for 2019 has more elegant features – including a more substantialinterpretation of Honda’s ‘Solid Wing Face’ graphic. The Honda HR-V’s tallstature combined with its solid design and strong presence provides a feelingof safety, security, confidence and useability.
2019 HR-V models feature new styling, withrevised bumpers, headlights, grille, and taillights, while the new HR-V Sportand Touring trims get a unique look all their own. Blackout trim and 18-inchwheels visually distinguish HR-V Sport trims, while the all-wheel-drive-onlyTouring trim gets multi-element LED headlights, dark chrome trim, and LED foglights.
Inside, HR-V benefits from a new Display Audio system featuring a simplified interface that includes a volume knob and the addition of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration. The navigation system, available exclusively in Touring trims, has also been improved with sharper graphics and 3D landmarks.
All models feature a redesigned driver’s meter with a large analog speedometer and digital tachometer. EX models and above receive a 4.2-inch Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) Driver Information Interface color display offering additional selectable information including available turn-by-turn directions.
1.5-litreVTEC TURBO petrol
A new addition to the 2019 Honda HR-V line-up is the powerful 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO engine, which was first seen in the latest generation Honda Civic. This power unit is only available on the new HR-V Sport. This four-cylinder engine gives the compact SUV enhanced performance, with peak power of 182 PS at 5,500 rpm. Equipped with a CVT, 220 Nm is delivered between 1,700 rpm and 5,500 rpm.
The Honda HR-V Sport has CO2 emissions from151g/km (WLTP) (from 135g/km NEDC Correlated) and combined cycle fuel economyfrom 39.8mpg to 42.2mpg (WLTP).
Enhancedride comfort and handling
HR-V buyers in Europe will benefit fromHonda’s Synaptic Damping Control (SDC) system, which was introduced for thefirst time in the 2015 Honda HR-V. Fitted to all models as standard, the systemenhances both ride comfort and handling by modifying damping force according tothe road surface and driving conditions.
Dynamic tuning for the 2019 HR-V builds ona highly rigid platform and bodyshell, which includes high-strength steel for27% of the body. The stiff bodyshell gives the standard suspension (MacPhersonstruts at the front and an H-type torsion beam at the rear) a solid foundation,which – together with a low centre of gravity and minimised body roll –delivers a reassuring solidity and inspires a feeling of security when driving.
The HR-V’s motion adaptive electricpower-assisted steering system helps to minimise understeer, working inparallel with the low roll centre at the front suspension and the higher rollcentre at the rear. The result is exceptionally linear driving behaviour makingHonda HR-V one of the most confidence-inspiring cars in the crossover segment,especially when driven enthusiastically.
Powerful and stable stopping power for theHR-V is assured with an all-disc braking system, featuring 293 mm ventilatedfront discs and 282 mm solid discs at the rear. Electronic aids which boostbraking power and enhance vehicle stability include: Anti-Lock Braking System(ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Vehicle StablityAssist and Hill Start Assist.
Refinedinterior design with high quality materials
The HR-V’s interior marries divergentthemes, striving to achieve spaciousness, reassuring solidity and – for thedriver – a cockpit with the wraparound feel of a coupé.
The expansive, airy cabin is fitted withhigh quality, soft-touch surfaces, subtly accented with brushed chromehighlights and sophisticated stitching lines to provide a premium ambience. Thedashboard design combines a solid feel with premium detailing, including apiano-black feature panel that emphasises the sense of quality, class andrefinement.
For the 2019 Honda HR-V, new seats for thedriver and front passenger provide enhanced support in the seat cushion andback rest. Standard fabric upholstery is now fashioned from higher-qualitymaterial, while higher grade models feature a combination of fabric and leatherwith double stitching for a more appealing finish. Top-grade cars have a fullleather interior as standard.
Inside the dedicated HR-V Sport model, theseats are trimmed in a unique two-tone black fabric and dark red leathercombination, and it also features gloss black trim finishes for the lowerdashboard and centre console panels. Black roof lining adds to the dynamicinterior of the model,
Facing the driver, a three-dial instrumentbinnacle features ‘floating’ illumination rings and Honda’s ECO Assistfunction, which changes the backlight colour of the speedometer from white togreen during fuel-efficient driving.
Facing the front seat passenger, a ‘wideflow’ air outlet incorporates three adjustable air vents across the dashboard,resulting in a comfortable airflow for all passengers. The air flow volumesettings are optimised to deliver: high volume for the outlet nearest the sidewindow; low volume for the centre outlet; and medium volume for the air outletclosest to the centre panel.
The sense of spaciousness is amplified ontop-grade models in the new HR-V line-up by the availability of aunique-in-class opening panoramic glass sunroof. With one-touch opening tiltand slide operation, the 846 mm-long panoramic sunroof features a slidingsunshade that opens automatically with the roof and can be closed manually toblock sunlight. The front section – which tilts to a height of 27.5 mm at itsrear – measures 475 mm in length.
Honda’s ‘Smart Touch Interior’ enablesoperation of frequent functions with the smallest movement and effort. Thesefunctions include: Electric Park Brake, Touch Panel Climate Control andOne-Touch Indicators.