Like many of its rivals, Honda has been trying to launch more eco-friendly vehicles across its segments. In many countries, however, companies like Toyota and Nissan already have a good chunk of market share on this front. But Honda has been trying to expand its hybrid electric vehicle or HEV line-up in recent times to try and keep up. In 2020, the Japanese auto major released the hybrid versions of the Jazz and CR-V, while there’s a hybrid avatar of the new City as well. The all-new HR-V now joins Honda’s e: HEV range boasting a completely revised design along with a thoroughly reworked and modern cabin.
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When compared to its bubbly-looking and hatchback-like predecessor, the new HR-V not only looks bigger but also sportier. From some angles, this new model almost looks like a fuse between a Lexus RX and a Mazda CX-5. That is not a bad thing as both of these cars look pretty nice.
The front-end of the new iteration is more upright and wide compared to the old one. It features sweptback headlamps that jut out of the bodywork and ‘eyebrow’ LED DRLs, while also sporting a hexagonal grille. However, this grille does resemble the ones we have seen on some earlier Hyundai models like the previous-gen Santa Fe.
The front bumper of the all-new HR-V is more sculpted than chiseled and there is also an extended lower lip. One of this design’s most obvious inclusion is that of the steeply-raked C-pillar, providing that couple-like shape at the back. There is an apparent lack of curves on this new-gen HR-V, a design decision that lends this crossover a sporty and tough persona.
Adding to its style are the suave five-spoke alloy wheels, black body cladding with chrome highlights, and pillar-mounted rear door handles. The rear of the all-new HR-V features a full-width LED light bar, LED taillights, a sporty roof spoiler, and a plastic scuff plate. While the design as a whole looks nice, the large wheel wells make the new HR-V look a little under-tired. It isn’t too bad, but still quite noticeable.
For the most part, the cabin of the all-new Honda HR-V looks neat and well-designed. The layout of all the main controls such as the climate control dials and the infotainment touchscreen is ergonomic. Meanwhile, there are a few shiny bits of trim on the center pedestal, a leather-clad steering wheel, and the dashboard and doors. This injects some character to the interior while also taking out any of the monotony. However, the piano black finish on some of the surfaces is going to attract tons of fingerprints, smudges, and dust. On either side of the dash, there are airflow control dials (Honda calls these “breeze” dials) that look quite cool.
The flat design of the dash also means that getting a good view out shouldn’t be a problem. Honda has chosen not to give the all-new HR-V a digital driver’s display. Instead, it gets a traditional but very legible analog setup. The part-leather seats look sporty and feature a reasonable amount of bolstering up front, though the rear ones aren’t so convincing.
Despite the sloping roofline, there should be enough headroom for passengers in the back. However, the issue here stems from the rather small rear windows and the high-set middle ‘seat’, if you could call it that. Its raised design would render it pretty useless for all but small children.
One of the other shortcomings here is the fact that the rear center occupant doesn’t get a proper three-point seatbelt. Instead, the seatbelt is located in the ceiling, almost directly above the rear right-seat passenger. But if all you want to do is carry three other people besides yourself, the cabin of the all-new HR-V shouldn’t disappoint. The all-new Honda HR-V comes loaded with a few cool features. There are the now-famous “Magic Seats” that are versatile and allow for multiple cabin configurations. Then there is dual-zone climate control with rear vents, cruise control, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hotspot, a panoramic glass roof, and a powered tailgate.
As for its other pertinent equipment, the all-new HR-V comes with Honda’s Sensing suite. This brings features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, pedestrian detection, autonomous emergency braking, a 360-degree camera, and blind-spot monitoring. The latter actually uses a camera mounted in the wing mirror on the passenger-side to feed a live image on the infotainment screen. Currently, the all-new Honda HR-V is only available in Japan. However, it will be reaching Europe some time in late 2021. The HR-V uses a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.5-liter petrol engine with two electric motors and a battery pack. Having two electric motors not only means more power but also the availability of all-wheel-drive. If it does reach India, the Honda HR-V will be priced similar to a Kia Seltos or an MG Hector.
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