In-built sat-nav was missing from the HR-V range when it was introduced in 2015, with Honda instead offering an app that could only be used with an Apple iPhone synced to the entertainment system.
The company is hoping the addition will help the HR-V maintain its competitive advantage, particularly at the cheaper end of the market.
While this would give the base-model VTi further appeal it is still without automatic emergency braking, a big safety feature now standard in entry-level competitors such as the Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR.
That said, the Honda HR-V still comes with an impressive list of other standard features including cruise control, reversing camera with normal, wide and top-down view modes, climate control, an infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity, a graphic trip computer, hill-start assist and alloy wheels.
You have to go up one grade to the VTi-S for auto-emergency city braking, while the range-topping VTi-L has a $1000 Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) option that adds a forward collision warning system that works at highway speeds, lane-departure warning, and auto-dipping headlights.
All HR-V models are front-wheel drive and powered by a 1.8-litre petrol four-cylinder mated to CVT.
The sat-nav savvy Honda HR-V is now on sale around Australia.
2017 Honda HR-V pricing
- VTi - $24,990
- VTi-S - $27,990
- VTi-L - $33,340
- VTi-L - $34,340