2023 HONDA HR-V LAUNCHED IN MZANSI

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but nothing beats seeing something with the naked eye. For yourself. Jetted off to the fairest Cape to experience the 3rd generation Honda HR-V. When we arrived the cars were under some covers. Once uncovered I noticed how much smaller the car looks as compared to pictures, coming in at 4.3 metres long, 1.79m wide and 1.59m tall. It runs on 17-inch wheels, and is a beauty of a car. This is especially in Opal White, a pearlescent white which quickly became my favourite colour. It also comes in Meteoroid Grey, Coffee Cherry Red and Brilliant Sporty Blue.

The slim headlights suit the entire look of the car, especially when seen through the rear view mirror. Very sexy. The hidden rear handles have always been a favourite of mine when it comes to this Japanese brand.

The Honda HR-V come in two trims; the base Comfort CVT and the top of the line Elegance CVT, which I drove for the day. Both are powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with 89kW at 6 600rpm and peak torque of 145Nm at 4 300rpm. By the way, CVT stands for Continuously Variable Transmission and that will direct power to the front wheels.

The interior of this sub-compact SUV is not as sleek as the exterior. It’s colour coded to the leather upholstered Honda Magic Seat system. However, there is interior ambient lighting. There are dials instead of buttons on the controls and I liked this a lot because I was driving alone and the dials were within easy reach.

The HR-V boats a 20.3cm touch screen infotainment system which comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. The Executive CVT comes with a wireless charge pad. I was a little disappointed though, that there were two USB ports in the car and neither of them are USB-C compatible.

The all-new Honda HR-V comes equipped with Honda SENSING, which is a suite of driving features created to enhance and support your driving safely. With features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), a Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Auto High-Beam (AHB) functionality. I rather enjoyed how the LKAS doesn’t fight with you but rather gently nudges you if you drift from your lane. The ability to see what’s happening on the passenger side via a camera when you indicate left is brilliant. No more turning too close to the bumper and scratching your rims.

Out on the road, I enjoyed the ride comfort. The car is steady on the road. I pushed it at some point to see if it would perhaps be a little unsteady but it stood firm, which as a mother, gave me a sense of comfort.

Speaking of being a mom, here are some of my observations from that aspect. The boot is a spacious 304 litres and 956 litres with the rear seats down. I like the idea of not having to fiddle in my bag for keys thanks to Keyless entry with walk away auto locking. Keyless Start is also useful. Also you can open the boot with the young swing of your leg as you stand just behind the boot. The fuel tank has a capacity of 40 litres, so I know I won’t spend a fortune on petrol, with Honda claiming 6L/100km. The panoramic sunroof will work beautifully for the kids’ selfies too.

Honda HR-V Prices

Comfort CVT – R469 000

Elegance CVT – R554 500

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