The flagship model in the Honda HR-V 2019 range is the VTi-LX, which is priced at $34,490 plus on-road costs.

This version builds upon the equipment of the models below it, adding electric driver’s seat adjustment, a panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, electric folding side mirrors, chrome exterior door handles, auto up/down windows for all doors, LED interior lights, dual-zone climate control, and front parking sensors.

That’s on top of leather appointed seats, heated front seats, adds rear tinted windows, auto wipers, alloy sports pedals, and a “smooth sports leather-wrapped steering wheel” with paddleshifters. It also has keyless entry and push-button start, auto on/off LED headlights, LED ‘optical style’ tail-lights, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, and Honda’s 'LaneWatch' side camera system. This version gets roof rails, too, which the base grade misses out on.

As before, VTi-LX models have the more comprehensive safety suite, including high-speed auto emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (not active lane assist) and auto high-beam lights (but still no blind spot monitor or rear cross-traffic alert).

However, the VTi-LX drops back to a 17-inch wheel instead of rolling on 18s like the RS, and it doesn’t get the sports leather steering wheel.

Powering all HR-V models is a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 105kW of power and 172Nm of torque. The engine is teamed to a CVT auto, and all HR-V models are front-wheel drive only.