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Honda HR-V 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 $26,900 for the HR-V VTi to $37,750 for the HR-V VTI-LX Classic White Interior. All are centred around a single four-cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels only.

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 $18,300 and going to $39,380 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
2021 SUV 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $18,300 $39,380
2021 SUV 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $26,900 $37,750
2020 SUV 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $18,300 $39,380
2019 SUV 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $17,300 $34,430
2018 SUV 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $15,500 $31,460
2017 SUV 1.8L, ULP, CVT AUTO $14,100 $27,720
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Honda HR-V Colours

  • Phoenix Orange
  • Platinum White
  • Lunar Silver
  • Modern Steel
  • Crystal Black
  • Brilliant Sporty Blue
  • Passion Red
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
2021 SUV 1605x1772x4294 mm 170 mm
2020 SUV 1605x1772x4294 mm 170 mm
2019 SUV 1605x1772x4294 mm 170 mm
2018 SUV 1605x1772x4294 mm 170 mm
2017 SUV 1605x1772x4294 mm 170 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Honda HR-V Dimensions

Honda HR-V Accessories

The VTi-LX features a panoramic sunroof, reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors, electric mirrors with kerbside dipping (handy for not scratching those attractive wheels), keyless entry/start, one-touch power windows, tyre deflation alert, leather seats, powered driver’s seat, heated front seats, paddle shifters, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a pair of USB-A ports, 17-inch alloys and a space-saver spare.

Additionally, on top of AEB, forward collision warning, high-beam support and lane-departure warning, the HR-V is alone in bringing a left-lane camera (great for spotting cyclists racing up on the inside) as well as the Jazz’s multi-configurable rear-seat arrangement known as Magic Seats.

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.

  • 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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  • What are the pros and cons of a 2018 MG ZS?

    ZS pros include cheap pricing, an easy driving experience and a comparatively spacious interior compared to other direct rivals like a Mazda CX-3. The dash is pleasant, there is a decent amount of equipment and the controls are all simple to use. It should also be fairly inexpensive to run and service, though earlier ZSs like yours require six-monthly rather than 12-monthly service intervals.

    There are two engine options - a 1.5-litre four-cylinder model with a four-speed auto on the base Excite, or a 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder version on higher-specification Excite Plus and Essence grades with a six-speed auto. Note that the latter powertrain is more expensive to service.

    Plus, there's still a fair chunk of the manufacturer's warranty left, which is seven years, while capped-price servicing is also offered.

    But the ZS does not offer AEB Autonomous Emergency Braking, so only rates a four-star ANCAP crash-test rating.

    Additionally, the ZS's suspension is on the firm side in terms of dealing with road bumps, which might upset some occupants, yet there is not much of the 'fun factor' in regards to steering and handling finesse that rivals like the CX-3, Suzuki Vitara, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Venue, Holden Trax, Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Kona offer in spades.

    We've also heard complaints about the interior's perceived quality being sub-par, cabin storage isn't generous and Android Auto isn't supported (though Apple CarPlay is).

    Finally, the ZS' resale value trails all of the aforementioned competitors by a significant margin, meaning it's on track to be worth less when the time comes to on-sell it.

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Honda HR-V Interior

If you want to discover exactly how the HR-V lures so many buyers in, just step inside. Large doors that ease entry/egress, lofty seating and a huge sense of wide-open space for a small SUV make instant and lasting strong impressions.

There is also an intimacy up front, as you’re sat ensconced alongside the wide console bisecting the cabin. It feels solid, secure and expensive, making the VTi-LX seem even more luxurious inside.

Aiding this is the attractive leather-stitched steering wheel, gloss-black climate control fascia, twin-pane sunroof and lashings of soft-feel vinyl material over the doors and upper-areas of the lower centre console (with handy sliding lid). A pair of USB-A ports, a 12V outlet, a decently sized glovebox and a two-level console storage shelf below the gear lever make up for the small door bins and tiny console storage.

A first-class driving position (helped out by tilt/telescopic steering), adequate all-round vision, beautifully clear instruments (but with no digital speedo) and more than sufficient ventilation are further plus points, while nothing rattled, zizzed or squeaked during our week with the HR-V. There’s obvious and appealing quality going on in there.

That said, the recently updated multimedia system looks cheap and tacked-on, and though there is Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, voice control and fripperies like personalisation wallpaper, having no digital radio is an oversight for a range-topping anything these days.

The lack of an audio volume knob (for an admittedly effective toggle switch) won’t be to everybody’s taste, along with the haptic sensor-operated climate system’s fingertip-slide functionality, which actually does work better than expected though does ultimately prove distracting when you need to focus on the various functions like altering temperature. Whatever happened to big, simple slide controls you can adjust blindfolded?

The back doors open pretty widely and though the roofline slopes down markedly, it’s unobstructed access all the way. 

It’s about as spacious and inviting as these sorts of smaller SUVs and crossovers get, with ample talking leg, head or shoulder room. The long and deep side windows and VTi-LX’s twin glass roof result in a light and airy cabin ambience, forward vision rates highly, there are medium-bottle sized door pockets, a centre armrest, overhead grab handles and twin reading lights fitted.

But there are no face-level air vents, only a single cupholder where you expect them to be behind the front console. Rear passengers have no USB-A or USB-C ports to plug into. Quite a bit of road and tyre noise filters through. And smaller folk may struggle to reach the pillar-sited handle to get back there in the first place.

Honda HR-V Boot Space

The Honda HR-V SUV has a boot space size of 437 VDA.
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 6.6L/100km for SUV /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
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
2017 SUV 6.6L/100km 1.8L ULP CVT AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Honda HR-V Pricing and Specs for 2021

Honda HR-V Towing Capacity

The Honda HR-V has maximum towing capacity of 800kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 800kg 800kg
2020 SUV 800kg 800kg
2019 SUV 800kg 800kg
2018 SUV 800kg 800kg
2017 SUV 800kg 800kg
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Honda HR-V Seats

Sculptured and supple, the front seats are of the premium variety compared to the entry-level version, and thus offer lasting comfort and support, with the driver’s side adding electrical adjustment. But there is no lumbar support, surprisingly, or height adjustability for the passenger. 

The rear seatbacks recline two positions, and of course – being Jazz based – fold down and flat into the floor cavity where in most other cars a fuel tank resides, allowing for a massive floor-to-ceiling space. In Honda’s advertising there’s always a large pot plant, sat there like some prop from Little Shop of Horrors.

As far as the human cargo is concerned, it’s about as spacious and inviting as these sorts of smaller SUVs and crossovers get, with ample talking leg, head or shoulder room. The long and deep side windows and VTi-LX’s twin glass roof result in a light and airy cabin ambience, forward vision rates highly, there are medium-bottle sized door pockets, a centre armrest, overhead grab handles and twin reading lights fitted.

But, for some, cushion comfort is compromised by its relative shallowness, thus lacking the sumptuousness of their front-seat counterparts.

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 215x60 R16 for SUV in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2017 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

Honda does not quote a 0-100km/h sprint time for the HR-V VTi-LX, but expect it to reach that mark in about 10 seconds.

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