Honda HR-V and: Hev, first contact. How is it, how is it going and how much does the hybrid SUV cost

Honda HR-V and: Hev, first contact. How is it, how is it going and how much does the hybrid SUV cost
Honda HR-V and: Hev, first contact. How is it, how is it going and how much does the hybrid SUV cost

The new HR-V e: Hev, the third generation of the Japanese compact SUV, has been presented as a European preview. We tested it in Frankfurt for a first contact: completely renewed, it boasts a full hybrid powertrain that guarantees a smooth ride and average fuel consumption of 5.4 l / 100 km. It will arrive in dealerships in February 2022 with prices starting from 30,900 euros (26,400 in pre-order with incentives and scrapping)

Andrea Tartaglia


October 20
– Frankfurt (Germany)

A new design, cleaner and coupé-inspired, refined and versatile interiors, refined details and a hybrid system that combines pleasantness of movement and low fuel consumption. The new Honda HR-V e: Hev marks the third chapter in the history of the Japanese compact SUV, a key model because it is placed in a strategic market segment. But that also marks an important stage in the electrification process of the Honda range, with a single full hybrid engine. The goal is that of a range with hybrid or purely electric engines by 2022. If with Honda’s new Jazz full hybrid it has thrown itself into the fray of the subcompact segment, with the HR-V the brand is launching the challenge to C-Suvs , the queen market segment in Europe and precisely for this reason particularly fought. To mark the difference, it focuses on renewed style, safety and hybrid technology that differs from what is already proposed by the competition. It will arrive in showrooms in February 2022 with list prices starting from 30,900 euros, but it can already be ordered with a promotion that, including the incentive, also offers the Elegance set-up starting from 26,400 euros with scrapping.


The line of the new Honda HR-V e: Hev is a successful mix of characteristic features such as the front with the massive grille, which conveys a feeling of robustness, taut lines and a sloping tail that winks at the coupe. A clean design for a car with the right proportions, lunga 4.346 mm for 1,790 mm of width. In height it marks 1,560 mm, forty less than the previous one, all to the advantage of overall dynamism. The side with the wide wheel arches and 18-inch alloy wheels houses a glazing that tapers towards the rear pavilion, where the LED headlights trace a straight line that connects the entire lateral line. Under the skin, the new HR-V relies on an updated platform with the use of high-strength steel, for better body rigidity. The increase in stiffness is combined with the upgrade of the low-friction suspension and the longer wheelbase, all to the advantage of stability and filtering of bumps, despite an increased ground clearance of one centimeter.


The interior of the new HR-V has also been completely renovated, with solutions and concepts inspired by Honda’s values: satisfying customers by anticipating their needs and supporting society through technological innovation. Here, then, is a dashboard dominated by the digital dashboard and the 9-inch central screen, from which the physical keys do not completely disappear. Those of automatic climate control, for example, are located under the screen. The infotainment system has been renewed, with an improved operating logic and integrated WiFi hotspot. Functions that can be used by the smartphone have also been implemented, such as the geolocation of the vehicle, the creation of a perimeter with notification if the car moves from the area defined perimeter beyond which the notification, opening and closing doors. The work done to improve space and versatility is appreciated in the availability of storage compartments, from the dashboard to the doors, and for solutions such as the rear seats defined as “magical”, with splitting in the 60/40 ratio and above all the possibility of being able to recline them – downwards or upwards – in order to modulate the load space according to the requirements. Practical and adjust the luggage compartment by the capacity of 335 liters, good but not excellent.


Honda’s strategy includes a single engine for the new HR-V equipped with full hybrid technology and: Hev. The 105 hp 1.5 i-Vtec twin-shaft petrol engine with Atkinson cycle is flanked by two electric ones, one of 70 kW with the main function of generator and one of 96 kW capable of transmitting motion to the wheels, for a combined power of 131 horsepower and a torque of 253 Nm. The scheme follows the one mounted on the hybrid Jazz, but with some important differences: in addition to the increased power, the lithium-ion battery goes from 48 to 60 cells and the control unit is housed in the engine compartment instead of under the trunk. The fixed ratio transmission managed by the power control unit connects the powertrain to the wheels. The system works with a different logic than the classic parallel scheme, with some differences also with respect to the serial one. The petrol engine is connected to the wheels by a real clutch, without the classic power distribution mechanism used to manage the thermal and electrical parts. At low speed, as in urban centers, the HR-V e: Hev travels in Ev Drive mode, with zero emissions, if necessary switching to Hybrid Drive, a condition in which the 1.5 iVtec activates the generator to recharge the battery leaving the Larger electric motor the task of moving the wheels. The hybrid mode is also used in the restart phases, while when power is needed, the Engine Drive mode is used, in which the petrol engine alone is connected directly to the wheels via a clutch, in all other cases disconnected. The Hybrid Drive condition becomes active again during motorway travel at constant speed, a range of possibilities of use aimed both at making the ride smoother and at reducing consumption, which in fact amount to an average of 5.4 liters per 100 kilometers. routes.


The safety factor is now determined by the technology adopted on the vehicles. The Honda Sensing system contains all the advanced functions found on the new HR-V: Impact Reduction Braking (Cmbs), Adaptive Cruise Control (Acc), Lane Keeping (Lkas), Throttle Control to reduce rear impact, throttle control to reduce front impact, low speed braking system, sign recognition and intelligent speed limiter. L’Honda Sensing used a wide-angle camera (mounted near the base of the rear-view mirror) plus a radar sensor to detect signs, the presence of pedestrians, and to measure the distance to vehicles in front. Four other front and four rear sonar sensors are used to signal nearby obstacles. The advanced camera has made it possible to improve a number of functions of the CMB, such as the detection of vehicles when turning, the detection of bicycles, that of pedestrians in low light conditions and of motorcycles. The Rdm system has also been improved, which actively acts to bring the vehicle back into the carriageway by also detecting oncoming vehicles.


Official Motors had the opportunity to drive the new Honda HR-V e: Hev around Frankfurt, Germany, where the European Academy of the Japanese brand is located. From the first impact it hits positively the ergonomics of the driver’s seat and the feeling of having everything at your fingertips. The perception of the dimensions is also very popular, especially the nose, thanks to the very clear shape of the bonnet and the shape of the dashboard. At low speed, the SUV moves in purely electric mode, which it maintains even in the restart phases until the heat engine is engaged in the role of battery charger through the generator. Thanks to the sensors and the ADAS, as well as the compact line, parking maneuvers and city driving never put you in difficulty. In extra-urban areas, especially in the presence of curves, it is the stability that leaves you pleasantly surprised: the calibration of the chassis, suspension and steering ensure handling and agility without ever putting the driver in difficulty. During the acceleration phases, the entry into operation of the 1.5 petrol is almost imperceptible, but pushing the four-cylinder voice to the bottom goes up, confirming that it is he who pushes the HR-V. On the motorway, on the other hand, you drive in hybrid mode, with the electric drive to push and the heat engine to supply the battery with energy. Using function b of the automatic gearbox increases the energy recovery during the release phase, while from the lever of the Drive Mode located to the left of the lever, it is possible to select the driving mode: from the most efficient to the sportiest. To safely tackle the steepest slopes, simply activate the system that maintains speed.


The range of the Honda HR-V e: Hev is divided into three versions: Elegance, Advance and Advance Stive. As per the tradition of the brand, theElegance offers a very complete equipment: there is automatic climate control, Honda Sensing, smart key, adaptive cruise control and electric handbrake, starting from 30,900 euros. Turning toAdvance the equipment grows with electric tailgate, dual-zone climate, blind spot warning, partially leather interior and windshield defroster, starting from 33,400. OnAdvance Stive, proposed at 35,900 euros, there are also the wireless charger, the premium audio system, subwoofer, roof rails and dedicated finishes. The pre-launch offer studied by Honda includes the HR-V and: Hev Elegance at 26,400 with state incentives and scrapping.


Like it: The hybrid system gives prevalence to the electric motorization and maintains a great fluidity of operation. The pleasant sensation of having everything under control, both in the ergonomics of the passenger compartment and in the behavior on the road
Do not like:
Thanks to the positioning of the battery under the load floor, the trunk has a capacity of 335 liters of capacity, not at the top in the segment.


Motor: four-cylinder gasoline aspirated 16 valves, 1,498 cc; maximum power 98 Hp / 72 kW; two 70 and 96 kW electric motors; total hybrid system power 131 Hp / 96 kW; maximum torque 253 Nm;
e-CVT, front-wheel drive;
Dimensions (mm):
length 4.340, width 1.790, height 1.866, wheelbase 2.610;
Co2 emissions:
122 g / km in the Wltp cycle;
Average consumption:
5.4 l / 100 km in the Wltp cycle;
Performance: acceleration 0-100 km / h 10.6 sec., max speed 170 Km / h;
starting from 30,900 euros (26,400 with incentive and scrapping)

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