June 28, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2022 Honda HR-V V Turbo

Realized Intentions

The Honda HR-V subcompact crossover began life as an avantgarde all new model back in 1998. It was a quirky, versatile and more affordable alternative to the larger Civic-based CR-V. It was nimble despite being modestly motivated thanks to its fully independent suspension (MacPherson struts up front combined with a trick five-link De Dion-type rear setup) while many markets also offered AWD abilities as well as a three-door variant.

When the second-generation Honda HR-V model launched in 2013, we expected great things from the more conventionally designed and significantly larger proportions now based on the Honda Jazz/Fit platform powered by a variety of powerplants although our Philippine market received only the 1.8 liter i-VTEC. It sold fairly well but I was not a fan even after several model updates and facelifts before its complete replacement seen here in its top-spec V Turbo variant in Ignite Red Metallic exterior paint (it will cost P20,000.00 more to get the Premium Opal White Silver or Platinum White Pearl).

Now with this all-new third generation Honda HR-V, it is a complete revelation for the model family. Now showcasing the consistent family design identity that began with the all-new Accord sedan, then the all-new Civic. The upcoming all-new BR-V and CR-V models will also have their own interpretations of the new design language. Honda is back in a huge way, both consumers and enthusiasts rejoice!

Compared to its predecessor, the all-new Honda HR-V is 50 mm longer and 20 mm wider with a sleek 20 mm lower roofline with the same wheelbase length of 2610 mm while weighing approximately 90 kg more. You do not feel the weight gain at all since the V Turbo variant uses the same brilliant 1.5-liter direct injection intercooled turbo of the Civic RS and its optimized CVT transmission. The brake system and suspension are vastly superior compared to its predecessor too as it also runs on very good 215/60R17 96H Good Year Assurance Triplemax 2 tires. I love the new details inside and out, from the genuine dual exhaust system, extra front brake cooling through the front fender wheel well, the carried over concept but better executed discrete rear door handle on the c-pillar, rear aircon vents with extra USB ports, versatile space optimization like the old Jazz, the neat trim detail on the front bumper that represents a “stronger heartbeat” in my mind, and so much more. Bravo Honda!

The C! Team has thoroughly reviewed and featured the all-new Honda HR-V already but I needed to test its dynamic abilities further and give my final judgement on it for the upcoming 18th C! Awards. Our Philippine-spec Honda HR-V trumps the larger North American version in almost every way too.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1498 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo, VTEC
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 176 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 177 lb-ft @ 1700-4500 rpm
Transmission CVT

Performance

Top Speed 196 km/h (122 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 8.1 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 20 km/L overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 1,598,000.00 (PhP 1,250,000.00 S CVT Honda SENSING variant)
What's Great Best of the HR-V breed by a long shot, handsome, thoughtful packaging, fuel efficient, spacious, Honda Sensing is standard for both V and S models.
What's Not So Sport Hybrid i-MMD variant not offered yet, torsion-beam rear suspension, did not get Bose system found in the fabulous Civic RS.
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10
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