Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
How much is a HR-V? Well it depends which one because the HR-V range has three grades, or trim levels. There’s the entry level VTi which lists (RRP) for $24,990, then the VTi-S for $27,990 and then the top-spec $34,340 VTi-L with the ADAS safety pack. The dealership you rock up to may have a driveaway price, too.
They all have the same engine size, so the price difference comes down to the standard features. The VTi comes standard with a 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity for your iPhone or Android smartphone, sat nav (navigation system or GPS, call it what you will), and a reversing camera, but there is no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, nor is there a CD or DVD player. The screen hooks up to a sound system with six speakers (no subwoofer), and other goodies include climate control air conditioning, cloth seats, auto halogen projector headlights with daytime running lights (DRLs), AM/FM radio, LED tail-lights, electric park brake, cruise control, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Spending another $3K to step up to the VTi-S could be the smartest three grand you’ve thrown at a car because along with all of the VTi features, it’ll buy you get 17-inch rims, proximity key (also known as keyless entry or smart key), push button start, LED headlights and DRLS (not HID), a leather steering wheel and advanced safety equipment such as city speed auto emergency braking (AEB).
The top-spec VTi-L is a fairly big leap up in price (to $33,340) but you’re being rewarded with leather upholstery, power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, panoramic sunroof, and front and rear parking sensors. You'll still get the same infotainment system as the grade below.
Only VTi-L buyers are able to option the $1000 Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) pack, too, which is really just extra safety equipment in the form of Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and adaptive high beams.
There's no power tailgate, not even on the top of the range VTi-L, and while it doesn't really get cold enough here to warrant one, there's no heated steering wheel, either.
If you’re looking at a Honda HR-V, here's a price guide vs the competitors in its segment: Toyota’s C-HR which ranges in price from $28,990 to $35,290; the smaller Mazda CX-3 starts at $20,490 and tops out at $37,890; the Hyundai Kona costs from $24,500 to $36,000; and the Mitsubishi ASX ranges from $25,000 to $37,000. As a model comparison, versus its rivals the HR-V is good value for money - but all Honda HR-V models are front-wheel drive (4x2) - there's not all-wheel drive (AWD) or 4x4 available, which can be had in competitor models.
Our test car was White Orchid Pearlescent which is an optional colour, and there's five other hues to choose from including Carnelian Red, Morpho Blue, Lunar Silver, Modern Steel (grey), and Ruse Black (which almost looks like it has a purple tinge in some lights). The only no-cost paint colour is Taffeta White.
There's an entire catalogue of HR-V accessories including side steps, sports packs, floor mats and a rear aero bumper - no bull bars or nudge bars though.
Where is the HR-V built? Thailand, like most of the Japanese brand's models sold in Australia. In other markets, some of the brand's models come with Homelink technology, a system that can connect your car to your home, even offering a garage door opening system - but that's not in the HR-V.