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by Tim Beissmann

The new-generation Honda HR-V will be priced from $24,990 before on-road costs when it arrives in Australian showrooms early next month.

Honda’s long-awaited compact SUV range features three trim levels: entry-spec VTi, mid-grade VTi-S ($27,990) and range-topping VTi-L ($32,990) – the latter available with an active safety package for $1000. (A specification breakdown highlighting the differences between model grades can be found below.)

All three are powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 105kW at 6500rpm and 172Nm at 4300rpm, and are available exclusively with an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Honda’s decision not to offer a manual transmission means the HR-V has a higher starting price than most rivals, though compared with rival automatics – Ford EcoSport Ambiente $22,790, Peugeot 2008 Active $24,990, Holden Trax LS $26,190, Mitsubishi ASX LS $26,990 – it’s a more level playing field.

The VTi base model seems reasonably equipped, coming standard with alloy wheels, climate control, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with reverse-view camera and Honda’s Display Audio system with Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming.

Honda Australia director Stephen Collins labelled the HR-V “incredible value”, and says the brand is “confident this vehicle will be well placed to battle it out in this highly competitive segment”.

CarAdvice is attending the Australian launch of the Honda HR-V in Tasmania on February 10 and 11, so stay tuned for our first-drive review.

 

Honda HR-V key features model by model:

Honda HR-V VTi:
105kW/172Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine
Automatic continuously variable transmission
16-inch alloy wheels
LED tail-lights
Second-row ‘Magic Seats’
Display Audio infotainment system with 7.0-inch colour touchscreen and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming
Multi-angle reverse-view camera with three modes
Single-zone climate control

Honda HR-V VTi-S (gains over VTi):
17-inch alloy wheels
LED headlights with LED daytime running lights
Front foglights
Rain-sensing wipers
Roof rails
Smart key entry with push-button start
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
‘LaneWatch’ blind spot monitoring
Emergency city auto braking

Honda HR-V VTi-L (gains over VTi-S):
Unique 17-inch alloy wheels
Paddleshifters
Part-leather upholstery
Panoramic sunroof
Front and rear parking sensors
Rear centre armrest
Rear privacy glass
Dual-zone climate control
Chrome door handles

ADAS package adds:
Forward collision warning
Lane departure warning
High-beam support system

 

Honda HR-V pricing (plus on-road costs):
VTi CVT $24,990
VTi-S CVT $27,990
VTi-L CVT $32,990
VTi-L CVT with ADAS $33,990




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