Update: The latest 2022 Honda HR-V has been revealed as a compact hybrid crossover. At first glance, the car has gone through a huge make-over with a sleeker and sportier look compared to its predecessor. The 2022 Honda HR-V currently offers two variants, a hybrid, and a turbocharged petrol engine.
The Honda HR-V, known as the Vezel in Japan and China debuts as the third generation in Malaysia. The initials for HR-V are short for Hi-rider Revolutionary vehicle according to Honda.
Let’s begin with the exterior of the brand new HR-V. The 2022 model has ditched its sporty, rounded look and opted for a clean, boxy, well-defined outline. Honda claims they gave the new HR-V a new body language dubbed “Amped Up Design” as seen with the red pulse that stands out on the front bumper beneath the new grille design. The iconic coupe-like design which debuted in the second generation is retained in this generation along with its hidden rear door handles. It also looks taller and boxier, with a wider wheel arch to boot.
Moving on to the front, the HR-V has ditched its wing patterned grille and opted for a modern, woven pattern-like grille. In fact, the new HR-V grille is the biggest compared to Honda’s outgoing models at the moment. Its front lights are now more pronounced and sleeker in design. Onto the rear, Honda has updated the design with a full LED lightbar, a huge step up from its predecessor. To give the HR-V its sleek, coupe-like appearance, Honda has designed the rear hatch to be slanted in contrast to the 2021 model which had just a plain flat boot lid.
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The new HR-V’s interior seems to have a straightforward and passenger-oriented design compared to its 2021 model. In the previous design, the leather upholstery is more prominent towards the driver seat, with a chunk of leather protruding out from the dashboard. In addition, the buttons and air vents are all designed to be easily accessible to the driver, but not for passengers. The panoramic, removable sunroof is still retained from the 2021 model.
In this new model, Honda has opted for a simpler design, with passenger comfort in mind. Gone are the days of scattered buttons on the dashboard as the 2022 model decides to keep everything in simple and minimalistic in black, unlike the second-gen HR-V which has a black-on-red tone interior.
The eight-inch infotainment system which was previously built into the dashboard, slanted towards the driver is now installed at a higher position for a better view of passengers. This new HR-V also has its first air diffusion system that is only located on the side air-con vents for cooling.
Moving onto the rear seats, just like the 2021 model, the new HR-V retains its versatile fold-down seats to maximize boot space. Dimensions-wise, the 2022 HR-V sits a bit taller and wider compared to the 2021 model by 20mm in height, length, and width. The new model has also gained some weight, sitting at 1403kgs in contrast with its 2021 model weighing in at 1257kgs.
The engine options for the 2022 model include a 1.5L turbocharged, 1.5L naturally aspirated, and on the range-topping model, a 1.5L hybrid engine while the 2021 model was only available with a naturally aspirated unit. For the new 1.5L turbocharged petrol engine, it has gained more power, topping at 180PS and 240Nm while the 2021 model fairs at 152PS and 190Nm.
Transmission-wise, the 2022 model only comes with CVT and eCVT transmission while the 2021 model gets a better choice, with a DCT and a seven-speed transmission to send power to the front wheels.
Hybrid Cars Vs Petrol Cars
In the past, petrol was our only option to fuel up our cars, but now, we have more choices. You can now purchase cars that are powered by electricity or vehicles that use both electricity and traditional fuel like petrol, also known as hybrid cars. In this article, we will be making a comparison of the Honda HR-V which is available in both variants – Normal petrol-powered car and a Hybrid car.
But before that, do you know that no type is better than the other as each of this type has its own disadvantages and advantages. Here are just a few.
|Hybrid Cars||The main advantage of driving hybrid cars is that they are more environmentally friendly. As these cars combine fuel with electric, they have lower emissions than regular petrol cars do. Also, they tend to have better gas mileage too. Offering the power of a regular engine, but more energy efficient, hybrids are great for the environment. Not only that, but you can also save on the cost of fuel.||Firstly, as hybrid cars are smaller and more lightweight, they do not tend to handle as well as regular petrol cars do. Hybrids are also more costly to buy and maintain than regular cars are and as hybrids are built to be more efficient and economical, they are not as fast as regular cars.|
|Petrol Cars||Petrol vehicles are the most popular cars on the market. They’ve been around the longest and offer many benefits over all the other types of cars. The main advantage of petrol cars is that they are generally cheaper to purchase and maintain, tend to handle better, and are extremely efficient regarding speed.||Petrol is quite expensive, so fueling a patrol car is usually more expensive. The main disadvantage, however, of petrol cars is that they are not particularly energy efficient, and they are not particularly good for the environment either.|
Honda HR-V VS Honda HR-V Hybrid
Engine and Performance
Honda HR-V Naturally Aspirated
This compact SUV is the perfect choice for grocery runs and work commutes. It comes with a 1.5L Naturally Aspirated, four-cylinder, 16 valve DOHC i-VTEC engine – offering 121 PS at 6600 RPM and 145 Nm of torque spinning at 4300 RPM. All this power is put through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) sending power to the front wheels. It also comes with auto headlights, a smart entry with a push-to-start button and cruise control.
Honda HR-V Turbo
For those performance chasers, the 1.5L turbocharged variant comes in two models. One as petrol and a PHEV hybrid turbo model. The petrol variant can be had with a four-cylinder, 16 valve DOHC VTEC Turbo engine – Offering 181 PS at 6000 RPM and 240 Nm of torque at 4500 RPM. Just like the Naturally Aspirated variant, it sends power through the front wheels with a CVT and has similar features to the naturally aspirated model but with Paddle Shifters and a Sport Mode button.
Honda HR-V Hybrid
The third model can be had with a combined Atkinson Cycle 4 cylinder, 16 valve DOHC i-VTEC engine and an electric motor. For the petrol engine, it cranks out 107 PS at 6400 RPM, and 131 Nm at 5000 RPM; the electric motor cranks out an additional 131 PS at 8000 RPM and 253 Nm at 3500 RPM. It runs on an eCVT transmission sending power to the front wheels just like its two brothers. It also shares similar features with its turbocharged variant with the exception of its missing paddle shifters.
Price, Warranty and Colour
|Honda HR-V||Honda HR-V Turbo||Honda HR-V Hybrid|
|Warranty||5 Years Warranty (with Unlimited Mileage)||5 Years Warranty (with Unlimited Mileage)||5 Years Warranty (with Unlimited Mileage)|
Interior and Exterior
|Honda HR-V||Honda HR-V Turbo||Honda HR-V Hybrid|
The 2022 Honda HR-V still retains all the safety systems from its predecessor with the advanced safety features you can expect from a classy SUV: six airbags (four airbags in the naturally aspirated variant), multi-angle rear-view camera, Electric Parking Brake, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) feature and your usual Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) and the Auto Brake Hold (ABH) function.
Honda’s Lane Sensing feature also made a return to the 2022 model but is only available for the turbo and hybrid variants. LaneWatch system that helps you reduce blind spots on the passenger side so that you can change lanes safely. Any time you flick your signals, the cameras will turn on at the multi-entertainment display, so that you know when is the perfect time for you to switch lanes.
Based on the comparison here, all 3 variants are almost identical in specification and looks. The difference between the naturally aspirated, turbo, and hybrid variants all offer something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a daily drive, performance, or fuel efficiency, it all boils down to deciding which one is the best. For performance and fuel efficiency aficionados, try opting for the turbo or hybrid model. But, if you’re looking for something that is reliable and gets the job done for cheap, why not get the naturally aspirated one instead?
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