For the lifestyle you want

spot_img

A tale of two airports and a sporty Honda HR-V

WITH apologies to Charles Dickens, here is A Tale of Two Airports. When my daughter, who lives and works in Madrid, Spain, visits us here in the North West, I pick her up at either Manchester or Liverpool, waiting among so many others who are there to greet friends or loved ones in ‘arrivals’.

As many times before, I pitched up at John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, to meet the 11.30pm flight, only to find the terminal in semi-darkness and devoid of human life. The destinations boards gave only departure times for the following morning. Whoops, I should have been at Manchester!

So I found myself giving thanks for the reassuring power of the Honda HR-V as I made the motorway sprint to Manchester Ringway, to collect my decidedly unamused offspring, who had made the journey after a full day’s work.

Quick off the mark

The HR-V is the little bro’ of the Japanese manufacturer’s big-selling CR-V, and it maybe flies a little under the radar in the model range. Well, that’s undeservedly so as the medium-sized SUV (sports utility vehicle) is an all-round accomplished motor.

Honda have added some more power to the car with the flagship Sport, a 182bhp model with six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT (constantly variable transmission) automatic. The test car sported the latter.

The 1.5-litre turbo-charged petrol motor joins the normally-aspirated 1.5-litre VTEC petrol and 1.6-litre DTEC diesel units in the line-up. All models feature a key HR-V selling point, the clever ‘magic seat’ configuration that makes the interior space as flexible as can be.

The car’s sporty credentials are there in the performance figures of 0- 62mph in 7.8s on the way to a top speed of 134mph, returning 39.8mpg and 162g/km (maker’s figures). Helping transfer the increased power to the Tarmac is bespoke suspension and more responsive steering, giving a more dynamic feel to the car.

Helping transfer the increased power to the Tarmac is bespoke suspension and more responsive steering, giving a more dynamic feel

Complementing the hardware upgrades are some exterior changes courtesy of full LED headlight beams and a slim black front splitter. Black door mirror caps, side skirts, special wheel arch mouldings and matt black 18-inch alloy wheels. You also get twin exhaust pipes, plus smoked lamp clusters with LED illumination.

Inside, a combination of soft-touch, wine-red leather and black fabric seating along with extended wine-red swathes on the dashboard add a touch of sporting elegance and distinguish the Sport from the rest of the HR-V range.

2019 Honda HR-V interior

The level of equipment is truly impressive, including front fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, heated seats, heated power-folding mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a rear parking camera, climate control, leather for the steering wheel and gear knob and a complete package of safety kit. As well as autonomous braking, this includes ‘high beam support’, forward collision warning’, a ‘lane departure warning’ system and ‘traffic sign recognition’.

And then there’s Honda’s ‘VSA’ vehicle stability assist’ system, plus the usual ABS braking set-up with a ‘brake assist’ feature to help in any emergency stops by alerting following motorists by automatically activating the hazard-warning lights.

The ‘magic seat’ system is made possible by the car’s centre-mounted fuel tank layout which frees-up the floor of the cabin for all kind of interior permutations. They include ‘tall mode’ where the front of the rear seat-base rises to be locked in a vertical position, giving a cargo height of 1,240mm from floor to ceiling. It’s ideal for tall, fragile stuff or perhaps a hefty item of equipment.

The car is a pleasure to drive and feels more dynamic than its counterparts in the range, without sacrificing comfort.

This emphasis on convenience and ease-of-use is emphasised by the rear hatch with its wide cargo opening and low loading-lip giving access to a spacious boot of 431-litres capacity.

The car is a pleasure to drive and feels more dynamic than its counterparts in the range, without sacrificing comfort. Like all Hondas, there is a feeling of great structural integrity and high-quality mechanics.

The car is also a touch more spacious than others in this class, with superior practicality too. It’s a clever and versatile motor, now with enhanced sporting appeal.

Price: £29,340 (inc pearlescent paint).

Frank Turner
Frank is a respected journalist who has specialised for many years in writing car reviews and motoring industry news for national and regional newspapers.

Similar Articles

Don't Miss Out!

Sign up today for The Best Life Project’s news, offers and special announcements.

SIGN UP

spot_img

Instagram