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Honda HR-V Review, Specs, Models, For Sale & Colours in Australia

The Honda HR-V first graced Australian roads in 1999 as a quirky, two-door shooting-brake-style SUV.

As unique and interesting as the small, constant four-wheel-drive SUV may have been, it was discontinued after just two years on sale, despite the addition of a family-friendly five-door version in 2000 and a choice of two bullet-proof petrol engines from Honda. Revived in 2014, the HR-V returns as a less avant-garde, more traditional small SUV, with trim levels that range from $36,700 for the HR-V VI X to $45,000 for the HR-V E:hev L. All are centred around a single four-cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels only.

This vehicle is also known as the Honda Vezel (Japan).

Honda HR-V Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Honda HR-V varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $36,700 and going to $45,000 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 SUV 1.5L, ULP, CVT AUTO $36,700 $45,000
2021 SUV 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $21,500 $39,930
2020 SUV 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $18,300 $39,160
2019 SUV 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $17,300 $34,430
2018 SUV 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $15,500 $31,460
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Honda HR-V Colours

There are five colours available to 2022 Honda HR-V buyers - Premium Opal, Platinum White, Crystal Black, Premium Crystal Red and Meteoroid Grey.

  • Premium Opal
  • Crystal Black
  • Platinum White
  • Premium Crystal Red
  • Meteoroid Grey
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Honda HR-V Dimensions

The dimensions of the Honda HR-V SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 SUV 1590x1790x4335 mm 195 mm
2021 SUV 1605x1772x4294 mm 170 mm
2020 SUV 1605x1772x4294 mm 170 mm
2019 SUV 1605x1772x4294 mm 170 mm
2018 SUV 1605x1772x4294 mm 170 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Honda HR-V Dimensions

Honda HR-V Accessories

Honda's new HR-V comes fitted as standard with 18-inch wheels, a 9.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, keyless entry, push-button start, rear privacy glass and single-zone climate control, whereas stepping up to the top-spec grade also nets buyers leather interior, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and extra speakers.

Honda HR-V Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Honda HR-V here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What is the best dog-friendly car?

    If you like the idea of the Honda but don’t want such a physically large package, take a look at the Honda Jazz. Yes, it’s probably one size down from your current Focus, but its interior is very spacious for its external dimensions. It’s also the car that has probably the most versatile interior in terms of flexible seating arrangements with a rear seat that folds, slides and tumbles. It also has normal ride height (as opposed to the jacked-up stance that SUVs boast) so your dog may find it easier to jump in without hitting anything. Beyond that, you really need to visit dealerships and check for yourself that rear doors, rear seats and general layout suit your very specific canine requirements.

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  • Should I buy a Hyundai Kona or Honda HR-V?

    It’s nice to see that the worldwide web has put Carsguide in touch with people in the USA and that they’re prepared to ask for advice from half a planet away. Meanwhile, if safety is your number one priority, then you really need to find a vehicle with all the latest driver aids such as autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and rear-cross-traffic alert. These are the new safety must-haves now that air-bags, stability control and other systems are considered par for the course.

    The catch with your situation (from our point of view) is that the vehicles we assess and test in Australia don’t necessarily correlate with the North American buying experience. The specifications of Australian-delivered cars don’t always line up with those of a USA-market vehicle, and that can mean that the safety kit fitted here isn’t mirrored by the same make and model sold on your side of the pond. Don’t forget, too, that some makes and models (Hyundai and Kia are good examples) often feature Australian input into the suspension and steering settings to make them more palatable to an Australian audience. As a result, the same car without that input (such as the version sold in the US) might drive very differently.

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  • How do you change a car's suspension?

    This car was not universally panned for its poor ride quality, but comfort is a very subjective thing and if you’re felling the bumps, then you’re feeling them. And you’re not alone, because many owners of SUVs have experienced the very same thing.

    By raising the ride height of a hatchback to create an SUV or cross-over, manufacturers suddenly find themselves with a vehicle that has a higher centre of gravity. That means that the car tends to roll more heavily in corners. The solution to keeping the car a tidy handler is to make the springs (suspension) stiffer and, therefore, reduce the amount of body-roll that is felt. But that’s often at the expense of ride quality. And that’s probably what you’re feeling in your Honda.

    You can change the springs for a softer set, but you’ll be dramatically changing the car’s dynamic responses and could even find this change throws up all sorts of ABS and ESP anomalies as well as making the car technically unroadworthy. But all is not lost.

    The other thing that has a dramatic affect on a car’s ride quality is the wheel and tyre package fitted. As manufacturers charge more for each hike in trim level, they also tend to fit tyres that are wider and have a smaller sidewall profile, for a sportier appearance. But here’s the problem: The smaller the tyre’s sidewall (it’s profile) the fewer bumps that tyre can absorb before it passes that bump on to the suspension and, ultimately, into the base of your seat. I’m tipping your car is an up-spec HR-V with 18-inch wheels and tyres and these, in fact, are the cause of the choppy ride you dislike so much.

    The solution might be to fit the 17 or even 16-inch wheels and tyres from a lower-spec HR-V. You might find a Honda dealer who will swap your wheels and tyres for another set or even another HR-V owner who wants to upgrade to your 18-inch tyres in exchange for their 16-inchers. Opting for a smaller tyre with a higher sidewall is where we’d always start when attempting to improve a vehicle’s ride quality.

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  • How can I fix the seat belt in my 2020 Honda HR-V?

    Inertia-reel seat-belts have saved lots of lives by ensuring that they’re always adjusted correctly on whoever is wearing them. They work by being able to mechanically detect sharp forces (such as would be expected in a crash) and locking instantly, limiting the movement of bodies in the process. In the meantime, they offer a huge degree of convenience by allowing you to move around in your seat without being squeezed by the belt.

    But they can suffer problems with the inertia mechanism which can jam and lead to the problem you currently have. This is often because the car is parked on an angle, causing the mechanism to `think’ that the car has pitched violently and locking the belt as a precaution, even though it’s standing still. So test the seat-belt with the car sitting on flat ground. To be honest, inertia-reel belts are more likely to refuse to unravel to allow you to fasten them than they are to fail to wind-in or retract, so maybe there’s a small manufacturing flaw in the belt in question.

    The good news is that your car is still under its factory warranty, so a trip to a Honda dealership should be able to sort the problem quickly and simply and at zero cost to you. The quickest, safest fix would be to simply replace the whole seat-belt unit and that’s probably what a dealer will do.

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Honda HR-V Interior

Inside the 2022 Honda HR-V, Honda has fitted soft-touch materials to a minimalist design, giving the new small SUV a modern look and feel. Highlights include dash-integrated air vents, a large 9.0-inch multimedia touchscreen and abundant storage options.

Honda HR-V Boot Space

The 2022 Honda HR-V has a boot big enough to swallow 304 litres of volume, which can be expanded to 1274L with the rear seats folded down.

Honda HR-V Boot space Honda HR-V Boot space

Honda HR-V Fuel Consumption

The Honda HR-V is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.8L/100km for SUV /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 SUV 5.8L/100km 1.5L ULP CVT AUTO
2021 SUV 6.6L/100km 1.8L ULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 6.6L/100km 1.8L ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 6.6L/100km 1.8L ULP CVT AUTO
2018 SUV 6.6L/100km 1.8L ULP CVT AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Honda HR-V Pricing and Specs for 2022

Honda HR-V Towing Capacity

The Honda HR-V has no towing capacity for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 SUV 0kg 0kg
2021 SUV 800kg 800kg
2020 SUV 800kg 800kg
2019 SUV 800kg 800kg
2018 SUV 800kg 800kg
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Honda HR-V Seats

The 2022 Honda HR-V features seating for just four passengers, as the middle seat in the second row does not come with a seat belt. The base Vi X features cloth seats, while the top-spec e:HEV L adds leather accents to the pews.

Honda HR-V Wheel Size

The Honda HR-V has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x50 R18 9 for SUV in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 SUV 225x50 R18 9 225x50 R18 9
2021 SUV 215x60 R16 215x60 R16
2020 SUV 215x60 R16 16x7 inches 215x60 R16 16x7 inches
2019 SUV 215x60 R16 16x7 inches 215x60 R16 16x7 inches
2018 SUV 215x60 R16 16x7 inches 215x60 R16 16x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Honda HR-V Wheel Sizes

Honda HR-V Speed

The 2022 Honda HR-V - in both Vi X and e:HEV L forms - is yet to be tested for its zero to 100km/h capabilities.