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Honda introduces brand new HR-V compact off-roader

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Honda has released a new version of its HR-V compact crossover, which will be available from £17,995 for the entry level petrol, rising to £24,945 for the range-topping diesel.

Buyers can choose between two efficient engines – a 1.6-litre diesel and a 1.5-litre petrol – when the HR-V goes on sale in the UK in late summer. With claimed economy of up to 70.6mpg the diesel should cost little to fuel, while the petrol returns a reasonable official consumption figure of up to 50.4mpg. Both models take between 10 and 11 seconds to accelerate from a standstill to 62mph, while the petrol is also available with the option of a CVT automatic gearbox. 

Honda has given the HR-V coupe-like styling, for a sporty feel, with a heavily raked roofline and rear door handles set flush into the rear pillars. Despite this, boot space is generous for the size of car, with 453 litres available with rear seats up, rising to 1,026 litres with them folded down.

Three specification levels will be on offer; S, SE and EX. Base S trim includes climate control and cruise control as standard, while SE models gain automatic windscreen wipers, front and rear parking sensors and an upgraded sound system along with touch panel controls for the dual-zone climate control. Those choosing the top-of-the-range EX model will also get a full leather interior and a rear view camera, along with a panoramic glass roof and 17-inch alloy wheels. The top two models include a seven-inch media system with EX models offering sat nav as standard.

The HR-V has also achieved a five star NCAP safety rating while SE and EX models feature Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist System, which includes active safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning. 

Author: Jack Evans

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