Honda has freshened up its HR-V small SUV by adding autonomous emergency braking as standard across the range. The lineup also expands to four distinct grades, with a sporty RS variant and high-spec VTi-LX joining the existing VTi, VTi-S. With the arrival of the RS and VTi-LX at the top end of the HR-V totem pole, the VTi-L badge has been retired.
As the entry-level variant, the $24,990 VTi has LED daytime running lights, remote keyless entry, single-zone climate control, emergency stop signal, customisable speed alarm, electric parking brake with hill hold and a steering column that adjusts for reach and rake.
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Starting at $27,990, the VTi-S adds 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, rear parking sensors, LED front fog lights, LED headlights with auto on/off functionality, chrome interior finishes, smart entry with push button start and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather gear knob. All of the features of the VTi and VTi-S are carry-over, however, with no new equipment additions for the 2018 model year for those two models.
The new RS model grade replaces the VTi-L, and has a revised steering ratio for a more dynamic feel. Retailing at $31,990 it boasts 18-inch alloy sports wheels, a unique front grille finished in dark chrome, black mirror caps, dark chrome door handles, honeycomb front lower grille and foglamp garnish, a piano black body kit, privacy glass on the rear doors and the RS badge, along with leather seats for all passengers, heated front seats, a leather steering wheel, and sports pedals.
As the flagship, the VTi-LX adds chrome door handles and a panoramic sunroof on top of the RS’ specification and is priced at $34,590.
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All variants feature the same seven-inch colour infotainment touchscreen, which includes sat-nav and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. Honda’s automatic emergency braking system, dubbed Honda City-Brake Active System, is also now standard across the range.
The safety system provides audio and visual warnings to the driver when it detects a potential collision, before applying the brakes. Forward collision warning, high-beam support, and lane departure warning are also standard safety additions for all models, significantly expanding the HR-V’s suite of satefy technology.
Each HR-V features Honda’s unique ‘magic seats’ feature which can be configured into 18 different combinations, which can be used to produce a maximum luggage capacity of 1533-litres with a completely flat (and low) boot floor, or flip the rear seat base vertically to allow tall items to be carried upright.
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There’s nothing new to see under the bonnet, however. All HR-Vs continue to be powered by a 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 105kW and 172Nm. A CVT automatic remains the sole transmission on offer, and sends power to the front wheels exclusively. Unlike some compact SUVs, the HR-V lacks an AWD option. All models record a 6.9L/100km combined fuel consumption figure.
The sticker price for the HR-V is for non-metallic paint. Opting for premium paints attract a $665 charge on all bar the RS variant, which features metallic colours as standard.
- HR-V VTi: $24,990
- HR-V VTi-S: $27,990
- HR-V RS: $31,990
- HR-V VTi-LX: $34,590