The latest addition to the fleet of carscoops is the brand new EU-spec Honda HR-V e: HEV. Honda’s smallest SUV offer in the European range will be with us for a week, and we want to drive it in and out of town to see how well it can compete against the competition in the crowded B-SUV segment and how much better it feels than mechanically-related jazz.
The HR-V is a strange case in an SUV. Although it is a global nameplate, the recently released US-spec model differs from other models sold in the market. In fact, the US-spec HR-V will be offered as ZR-V in Europe and Japan, while the global HR-V / Vezel will not cross the Atlantic.
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Back to the HR-V that we’re testing this week, it comes with the e: HEV badge which means it’s an accurate hybrid. It is the only powertrain option in Europe where Honda has already electrified its entire lineup by once and for all pure ICE ditching.
Beneath the bonnet of the HR-V is a naturally ambitious 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine that works together with two electric motors, for a combined output of 129 hp (96 kW / 131 PS) and 253 Nm (187) lb. -ft) torque. Thanks to the large lithium-ion battery, electric motors do most of the work, sending power to the front wheels. The driver has access to three driving programs (Econ, Normal, Sport), which prioritize fuel efficiency or performance according to the conditions. The third-gen HR-V is only available with an eCVT gearbox so we must forget the beautiful manual of the previous generation.
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Honda offers quite a generous, plentiful standard kit with tools. Our car is a mid-range advanced trim that comes with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights / taillights, infotainment, navigation, rear-view camera, dual-zone air-conditioning, fabric and a 9-inch touchscreen for heated seats. An array of ADAS with leather upholstery, front / rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control.
More importantly, the HR-V gets signature magic seats on the back, which means you can flip them straight to create 335 lt (11.8 cubic feet) of space for larger items, or fold them flat, HR-V- Who makes a conversion. For those wondering the van, the HR-V’s luggage space is a whopping 987 lt (34.9 cubic feet) in a five-seater configuration, and can reach 1,305 lt (46.1 cubic feet) if you fold the rear bench. All this in a car with 2,610 mm (102.8 in) wheelbase, 4,340 mm (170.9 in) long, 1,790 mm (70.5 in) wide and 1,582 mm (62.3 in) long.
HR-V e: Feel free to write your questions about HEV and we will make sure to answer all of them in a separate article in addition to a full review of the upcoming electric SUV. Also, let us know if you prefer the EU-spec model design over the models sold in the US.
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