Three trim levels are available on the latest incarnation of the HR-V, starting with the Elegance, moving through the Advance and the Advance Style. The sleek interior of the top drawer press review incorporates a mix of materials. Touches of metallic trim give a contemporary finish to the air vent bezels, steering wheel trim, door handles and climate control panel. The Advance Style’s orange accents and lighter upholstery add to the overall appeal of the cabin. Top-of-the-range textiles cover the door inserts, the headliner, the A-pillars and the dashboard inlay. Most surfaces are soft to the touch with all the usual irritating plastics tucked away at the ankle. Generously sized armrests are fitted either side of the heated front seats.
The instrument cluster incorporates a central TFT-LCD Driver Information Interface (DII) display, flanked by battery charge status and fuel level gauges.
The DII includes a digital speedometer and linear power gauge with a charge status indicator. Embedded in the lower half of the DII is a ‘content area’, which the driver can scroll through to choose from a variety of information, including navigation instructions, audio track information, smartphone contacts and AWD system status and smart vehicle maintenance information.
The DII also features a graph of current power flow, showing the vehicle’s power source at any given time, battery charge status updates as well as an “ECO Guide” to suggest techniques. more efficient driving. Additionally, drivers can monitor their efficiency over time with a drive cycle score, earning points represented by leaf icons on the screen, increasing or decreasing as a different stage of fuel economy is reached.
Connectivity and infotainment
Connectivity-wise, a nine-inch touchscreen lets you pinch, swipe and tap the Honda Connect in-car audio and information system. This includes DAB and internet radio (with a welcome dial to control volume rather than a touch slider), telephone interface and Bluetooth connectivity, rear view camera with dynamic directions.
Although the touchscreen is easy to use, the size of the screen itself is rather small compared to rival large SUVs. There are no less than four USB charging points dotted around the cabin to keep occupants satisfied and connected.
Below the touchscreen is a handy cluster for operating the HVAC via three large dials with buttons placed in between.
To maintain the balance between SUV styling and cabin space, Honda engineers grouped all hybrid drivetrain components into the chassis and engine compartment. Key developments include the re-routing of the air intake and the incorporation of components on top of the engine. This allows the electric motors, propulsion motor and generator to be housed in the engine compartment.
Honda has also reduced the size of the power control unit (PCU) by 20% compared to the previous generation component. This allows the 12v auxiliary battery to fit into the engine bay, freeing up space in the rear. This is made possible by using the semiconductors for the PCU.
The positioning of the fuel tank in the center of the chassis under the front seats, which is unique in this category, is also essential to maximize space in the cabin. Additionally, the HVAC unit has been made more compact, allowing the interior to adopt a low, horizontal design for an increased forward view and a greater sense of space.
Forward visibility is good, thanks in part to a new driving position, which is 10mm higher than in the previous model. In addition, the windows are shaped to admit as much light as possible. Sightlines are aided by the flat line of the hood and heated exterior mirrors that are now located lower on the door.
The front seats feature a mat-structured support, replacing the previous spring configuration, which helps prevent fatigue on long journeys and increases everyday comfort. The streamlined dashboard adds to the feeling of space.
An air-diffusing system introduces a new air conditioning concept, with L-shaped air vents positioned in the upper corners of the dashboard that offer the restorative effects of a natural breeze to all occupants. A touch dial is used to switch between two modes: the normal outlet with forward directed airflow and the air diffusion system which creates a new smooth airflow.
In terms of size, although the overall dimensions of the vehicle are similar to the previous model, the latest model offers more legroom and shoulder room. In addition to the 35mm increase in rear legroom, there’s an additional two degrees of recline over the previous generation HR-V, made possible by the mid-tank layout of Honda and clever packaging of hybrid components. The platform configuration also allows Honda to retain the “Magic Seat” rear configuration, which offers both flip-up or fold-down seat flexibility, depending on the cargo space required. Further back, the smaller-than-expected boot space offers a capacity of 304 liters with the 60/40 rear seats upright. With the rear seats folded flat, cargo increases to 1,274 litres.
Storage space and connectivity points around the cabin have also been improved over the previous model. A large central compartment swallows objects large and small. There are two USB charging sockets in the front and two in the rear, in addition to a wireless charging cradle located in the lower part of the center console, allowing all occupants to charge devices at the same time. weather. The premium 10-speaker audio system, external amplifier and touch-activated cabin lights further enhance the premium interior feel and comfortable, relaxing ambience.
The cabin is relatively calm and civilized thanks to several NVH management measures. For example, the thickness of the lower dashboard panel, which plays a key role in separating the engine and engine noise from the interior, has been increased from 0.8t to 1.4t, which improves both vibration and noise transmission. By using a single piece of plastic and an increased number of mounting points, vibration resistance is improved, while additional sound deadening materials are optimally placed in key areas including the top of the dash, hood, door trim, console and interior fender.
Advanced driver assistance systems
The HR-V is equipped with a suite of advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technologies as part of its “Honda Sensing” suite, including Collision Mitigation Warning, lane departure, lane departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed assist, automatic high beam assist, blind spot information , cross-traffic monitoring, hill descent control and a new wider-angle high-definition camera. The latter replaces the versatile camera and sensor setup of the previous generation HR-V.
Overall, the top-of-the-line HR-V comes with a generous list of standard equipment, smart safety technology and an intuitive infotainment system. Its comfortable ride is partly due to NVH refinements, suspension setup and a cabin filled with dense, soft materials. Competing models include the Toyota C-HR, VW T-Roc and Ford Puma.