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Efficient Honda HR-V capable of more than 70mpg

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Honda’s upcoming HR-V compact off-roader is set to be one of the most efficient cars in the class when it arrives in summer, the Japanese company has claimed. 

Buyers opting for the 1.6-litre diesel will be able to benefit from claimed fuel consumption of up to 71mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 104g/km – enough to warrant £20 annual car tax. A frugal 1.5-litre petrol motor will also be available.

Despite its impressive headline economy figure, the nippy 118bhp diesel model will also be able to scamper to 62mph in a competitive 10.1 seconds. The new 128bhp 1.5-litre petrol offers similarly strong economy figures with claimed economy of 54.2mpg in ‘CVT’ automatic form and annual car tax bills of just £30 – while still being able to sprint to 62mph in a reasonable 10.9 seconds. 

Opting for the manual gearbox sees economy tumble to 50mpg and car tax increase to £110 per year, but the car does also accelerate a little faster, slashing 0.6 seconds from the benchmark nought to 62mph time.

Other attributes on offer from the new HR-V include much sharper styling than its predecessor – which was withdrawn from sale back in 2005 – along with class-leading interior space and practicality and an advanced media system. Honda is also claiming that its new model will boast high refinement levels and a strong feeling of quality. 

Boot space of 453 litres with the rear seats up – extending to 1,026 litres when the rear seats are folded down – compares favourably with similarly sized rivals, and the HR-V additionally features Honda’s clever ‘Magic Seat’ system. This allows the rear seat base to be folded up to allow large items to be loaded into the rear footwell for added versatility.

As a result of its new car’s economy and practicality credentials, Honda is confident that the HR-V will win sales from competitors including the hugely popular Nissan Qashqai.

The brand new Honda HR-V will go on sale across Europe in the summer.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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