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Update – Honda Australia has confirmed the updated HR-V range does not feature the LaneWatch camera system. See bottom of article for details


The lightly-updated 2017 Honda HR-V range has been announced, with first examples arriving in dealerships in the coming weeks.

Headlining the MY17 update is the addition of a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation across the entire range, addressing a key gap in the small SUV’s equipment list.

The new system does not, however, offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring technology – something a growing amount of competitors are offering.

Despite the addition of satellite navigation as standard equipment, there are no price rises across the range for the HR-V, which continues to kick-off from $24,990 before on-road costs.

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Meanwhile, active safety systems like autonomous emergency braking (AEB) remain standard from the VTi-S and up, leaving the entry-level VTi without the safety equipment, while forward collision warning, lane departure warning and active high-beam assist continue to be reserved to the flagship VTi-L with ADAS pack.

As before, the entire HR-V line-up is powered by a 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine, developing 105kW of power and 172Nm of torque, sending drive exclusively to the front wheels via a continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

Claimed fuel consumption is 6.6L/100km on the combined cycle.

It’s only a week after Honda Australia confirmed an update for the HR-V was “coming soon”, while a mid-life facelift is due in 2018.

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The updated HR-V range is on sale now.

2017 Honda HR-V pricing (plus on-road costs)

VTi – $24,990
VTi-S – $27,990
VTi-L – $33,340
VTi-L with ADAS – $34,340


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Update: While the addition of satellite navigation as standard equipment is a welcome change to the HR-V line-up, the LaneWatch mirror-mounted camera system (above) has been dropped due to compatability issues with the new infotainment unit.

Neil McDonald, public relations manager for Honda Australia, told CarAdvice the company is working on a solution.

“We’ve responded to customer feedback to include satellite navigation as a priority in the HR-V range,” he said.

“However, as a result LaneWatch is temporarily unavailable.”

“We are currently working with Honda Motor to complete the required engineering work to provide both LaneWatch and sat-nav together, but as yet, we don’t have a timeline of when both can be offered,” he added.

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What would you prefer in your Honda HR-V – LaneWatch or satellite navigation?




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