Honda’s HR-V has not exactly had an easy life.

Unlike its big brother, the CR-V, which has stuck around since the very first SUV boom in the late ‘90s, the HR-V small-SUV was actually originally killed off in 2006 thanks to… well… not enough people buying it.

Hard to imagine now, with small SUVs being Australia’s fastest growing car segment. Of course, with the popularity comes the desire for more variants, and everyone seems to want to at least have a semblance of sportiness.

So, as part of possibly the mildest incremental facelift for a car in recent memory, Honda has delivered by adding an RS variant to the HR-V range. But is it enough to give the HR-V the edge in a cut-throat segment? Let’s find out.