You might have seen Honda starting to exit the design doldrums, at the very least as far as its mainstream vehicles are involved.
Within the electrical Honda E, it has created maybe essentially the most distinctive-looking metropolis automotive because the authentic Sensible, and even the brand new Jazz possesses an genuine kei-car attraction that the previous model totally lacked. These vehicles, though of significantly lowlier petrolhead standing, immediately sit extra comfortably within the showroom alongside the immediately recognisable personalities of Honda’s sports activities vehicles – the NSX and the Civic Sort R.
The latest mannequin to obtain its makeover is the HR-V, the hitherto nameless crossover that’s nonetheless one thing of an engine room for Honda when it comes to world gross sales volumes. This automotive lives in the identical class because the likes of the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Hyundai Kona, though its fundamental rivals are the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen T-Roc. It’s an overpopulated class, with no scarcity of competitors for the HR-V, which is why Honda has pulled out fairly just a few stops for its coupé-mimicking crossover.
Aside from the surprisingly glossy design, which we’ll come onto in a second, the third-generation HR-V is now hybrid solely, as denoted by the ‘e:HEV’ component of its title. It drives like an EV at city speeds however makes use of its engine alone on the motorway to maximise effectivity and it blends the 2 on routes that fall someplace within the center. It follows the hybrid-only Jazz on this sense, and the HR-V is maybe Honda’s most vital step to this point on its path to electrifying all of its European mainstream fashions by 2022.
Honda isn’t simply focusing on a contemporary aesthetic and distinctive effectivity with this automotive, both. It additionally claims this automotive has class-leading packaging and cabin consolation, and as if all that wasn’t formidable sufficient, the HR-V has additionally been “engineered for the enjoyment of driving”. Simply how a lot of that rings true? Let’s discover out.