Honda has announced a range of updates for its HR-V including a new RS model and expanded safety.
All HR-V models use the same 1.8-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 105kW of power and 172Nm of torque. The sole transmission option is a CVT automatic – fuel consumption is claimed at 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle.
The range starts with VTi, priced from $24,990 plus on-road costs. Standard equipment includes a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen infotainment display, Bluetooth, navigation, reversing camera, single-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, electric parking brake, an adjustable steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, customisable speed warning, an emergency stop signal and the intelligent ‘Magic Seats’ that fold and rotate in 18 different ways to get up to 1533-litre of boot capacity. Safety-wise, the entry-level VTi gets autonomous emergency braking as standard for the first time – it also retains the outgoing car’s five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Above the VTi in the updated HR-V range is the VTi-S, priced from $27,990 plus on-road costs. It adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, LED front fog lights, automatic LED headlights, chrome interior trim, push button start, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever, roof rails and rear parking sensors. In addition, the VTi-S gains Honda’s LaneWatch system which provides the driver with an 80-degree view of what’s happening on the passenger side of the car.
From there you step up to the RS, a new, sporty-looking variant in the HR-V range, priced from $31,990 plus on-road costs. To make its 1.8-litre four-cylinder more enjoyable to drive, it gets variable gear ratios within its electric power steering system. There’s also a new sports bodykit with piano black parts, 18-inch alloys, black front grille, black mirror caps, dark chrome door handles, honeycomb-style lower front grille, rear window privacy glass and RS badging. Inside, the RS adds front and rear leather seats, heated front seats, leather sports steering wheel and gear shifter and sports aluminium pedals.
At the top of the range is the flagship VTi-LX, priced from $34,590 plus on-road costs. In addition to all of the features from lower-spec models it gains chrome door handles, front parking sensors, auto-up/down windows, LED interior lights, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, an eight-way power driver’s seat and a panoramic sunroof. Further, it gets forward collision warning, high-beam assist and lane departure warning as part of the Advanced Driver Assist System.
The only option available is metallic paint, available on the VTi, VTi-S and VTi-LX for a $575 premium.
The updated 2018 Honda HR-V goes on sale in all dealers across Australia on August 1.