Honda HR-V facelifted for 2019

Published 13 August 2018

Honda has released details of its facelifted HR-V crossover ahead of deliveries starting in October - with prices expected to start below £20,000.

With revised looks, a tweaked interior and new technology, Honda describes its revised HR-V as 'its most sophisticated subcompact SUV to date'.

On first impressions, the boldest change is the new chrome panel that sits above the grille at the front of the crossover. The headlights have been updated, too, with new lenses - while the standard LED daytime running lights have been redesigned.

The rear looks more conventional, with a new piece of slim, chrome trim above the number plate, along with darker lenses for the rear lights.

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Higher-spec models are now available with a new 17-inch alloy wheel design, while the exhaust tailpipe is fitted with a new chrome finisher. They also feature new front and rear LED lights.

Buyers will get a choice of eight exterior colours, including new Midnight Blue Beam metallic.

Inside, the front seats have been redesigned with changes to the seat cushion and back rest, providing more support than those fitted to the outgoing model. The standard fabric upholstery is now harder-wearing than before, while top-spec models feature leather as standard.

From launch, Honda will be offering the HR-V with the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, which has been tweaked to be more efficient, with fuel economy under the new WLTP tests starting at 53.2mpg and CO2 emissions from 121g/km. With 130PS and 155Nm of torque, the petrol HR-V will hit 62mph in 10.2 seconds when paired with the six-speed manual gearbox, or 10.9 seconds with the CVT automatic.

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Extra sound proofing compared to its predecessor means refinement levels should be raised, while new active noise cancellation uses audio signals played through the speakers to cancel out low-frequency noise.

Production of the new HR-V has started with deliveries of the petrol model beginning in October. A sportier, turbocharged petrol will follow in spring 2019, along with a 1.6-litre diesel. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but we expect them to remain broadly the same as the current model, which starts at £19,555.

Comments

HighlanderUK    on 13 August 2018

And Honda make the same mistake again, small petrol power, no turbo!! why not release the turbo petrol at the same time as the launch vehicle. I know it put me off last year, when looking for a suitable small SUV.

lots of manufacturers seem to be doing these half-assed launches, with part of the engine or model line up available, and wonder why sales aren't great -- usually down to the engine and gearbox option that customers want, not being available for 6-12 months after it goes on sale.

BMW Enthusiast    on 14 August 2018

Without a diesel option there's hardly any point in even considering this SUV. The fuel economy figures are terrible.

BMW Enthusiast    on 14 August 2018

Sorry got this mixed up with the new CRV.

   on 15 September 2018

Should have released the Diesel engine first ??

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