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  • Lots of kit; stylish looks; CVT works well with the engine; excellent rear-seat/boot practicality
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8 / 10



The Australian love affair with the SUV shows little sign of waning. In fact, it’s only getting stronger.

July VFACTS figures show that the number of sales across all SUV segments were up compared to the same time last year, with the biggest growth in the Small SUV segment.

The Honda HR-V was the third-best seller in the sub-$40,000 category, as group sales were up 30.9 per cent, while the over-$40,000 end of the segment was up a whopping 116.7 per cent – read the full July VFACTS breakdown here.

The Honda HR-V VTi-L is the latest long termer to grace the CarAdvice Garage with its presence, I’m the lucky custodian and I’m expecting good things from this much-hyped podium dweller.

Our test car is the high-spec VTi-L (from $32,990 plus on-road costs), with the range starting with the VTi ($24,990 before on-roads) then stepping up to the VTi-S ($27,990) as the mid-range offering. Then there is the top-of-the-line VTi-L + ADAS ($33,990), which adds a driver assistance package including Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and High-Beam Support System features.

All variants have the same 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 105kW at 6500rpm and 173Nm at 4300rpm, and that engine is teamed exclusively with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic. Claimed fuel consumption is an impressive 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres.

2015 Honda HR-V VTi-L Review : Long-term report one

From the outside at the very least, the HR-V VTi-L looks like a cracker, with LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, keyless entry, push button start, a panoramic sunroof, silver roof rails, a tailgate spoiler, rain sensing windscreen wipers and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Combing through the Honda‘s interior that sense of satisfaction continues, with 12-volt outlets in the front, rear and cargo areas, dual-zone climate control, alloy sports pedals, chrome interior finishes, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob plus leather-appointed heated seats.

In the second row there’s room for three standard child seats or two ISOFIX compatible seats. One of my favourite Honda features is the clever Magic Seat system – sheer genius. Watch the video here.

The rear seats fold to offer a variety of configurations for extra cargo space, or a more comfortable space for your pet.

The boot capacity is 437 litres, or 1462L with the rear seat down and gear loaded up to the roof. There’s also a space saver spare tyre under the floor in the boot. I personally prefer having a full-size spare, though every litre of extra cargo space counts in this saturated segment.

Taking pride of place in the dash fascia is a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen and you also score Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an MP4 movie player, a CD player, HDMI connectivity and two USB points up front.

2015 Honda HR-V VTi-L Review : Long-term report one

Jumping into the drivers seat and starting the engine, you’ll notice the Multi Information Display in the instrument cluster that shows instant fuel economy, average fuel economy, fuel range and outside temperature, and you can also set two customisable speed alerts. However, there’s no digital speedo.

At your fingertips, the steering wheel-mounted controls give you access to audio, Bluetooth phone, cruise control and Siri Eyes Free mode if you have an iPhone iOS7 on iPhone 4S or newer.

Hitting the road for the first time in any car is a bit of a treasure hunt and it’s always a pleasant surprise each time you discover something new.

The HR-V has a number of features designed to help keep you safe and alert while on the road, including: City-Brake Active system (autonomous emergency braking below 30km/h), LaneWatch (a very clever camera system that shows you what’s in your blind-spot on the media screen when you put your left indicator on), a reverse-view camera with normal, wide or top-down angles with either dynamic or fixed guidelines, parking sensors at the front and rear and a tyre deflation warning system.

Based on first impressions, the HR-V is a treat to drive. A number of the CA team have already grabbed the keys and taken it for a quick spin and first impressions have been overwhelmingly positive.

2015 Honda HR-V VTi-L Review : Long-term report one

CVTs cop a lot of flack around this office, so there have been looks of surprise on many a face as they’ve dropped the keys back into the fishbowl, which has been interesting to note.

Does it come with peace-of-mind? Well, with a three-year/100,000km warranty, it’s certainly not the top of the class, but it does have a capped-price service program for up to five years or 100,000km, with maintenance intervals every 12 months or 10,000km (which is a little shorter than some rivals in terms of distance). There’s also six-year rust perforation warranty. Bonus.

With the Honda set to bunk with us for the next few months, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to put it through its paces.

A road trip is a must. I’m not sure how far the Honda and I will wander yet but Spring is on the way so a run to Byron Bay might be the way to go.

Date acquired – August 2015

Odometer reading – 5901km

Travel since previous update – N/A

Consumption since previous update – N/A

2015 Honda HR-V VTi-L Review : Long-term report one

Photography by Mitchell Oke.


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Honda HR-V Specs

VTi-L : : 1.8L MULTI POINT F/INJ - CONTINUOUS VARIABLE - UNLEADED PETROL - 4D WAGON
Car Details
Make
HONDA
Model
HR-V
Variant
VTi-L
Year
2015
Body Type
4D WAGON
Seats
5
Pricing
New Price
N/A
Private Sale
$25,080 - $28,500
Dealer Retail
$26,090 - $31,020
Dealer Trade
$19,700 - $22,800
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
1.8L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
172Nm @  4300rpm
Max. Power
105kW @  6500rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
76.9W/kg
Bore & Stroke
81x87.3mm
Compression Ratio
10.6
Valve Gear
SINGLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
CONTINUOUS VARIABLE
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
50Litres
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
6.9L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1366
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1605mm
Length
4294mm
Width
1772mm
Ground Clearance
170mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:800  Unbrake:500
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.6
Front Rim Size
7x17
Rear Rim Size
7x17
Front Tyres
215/55 R17
Rear Tyres
215/55 R17
Wheel Base
2610
Front Track
1535
Rear Track
1540
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Torsion bar, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones, Heated Front Seats, Power Sunroof
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder, Traction Control System
Driver
Adjustable Steering Wheel - Tilt & Telescopic, Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering, Reversing Camera, Trip Computer, Voice Recognition System
Entertainment
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front
Interior
Power Windows
Safety
Dual Front Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Protective Glazing, Side Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Other
Service Interval
6 months /  10,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Front Floor
Country of Origin
Thailand