2020 Honda HR-V Sport Review – Exterior, Interior, Specs & Price
2020 Honda HR-V Sport: the SUV range becomes more sporty with the HR-V Sport, compact and equipped with the 1.5 Vtec Turbo 182 Horsepower engine. Here’s how it goes
Honda has decided to make its SUV range even more dynamic by introducing the Honda HR-V Sport to the market. A compact and peppery SUV equipped with the 1.5 Vtec Turbo 182 Hp engine, an engine we’ve already had the chance to try on the Honda Civic. The new forms of Honda’s B-segment crossover make it sporty but also versatile and comfortable, curious to know why?
2020 Honda HR-V Redesign Exterior and interiors
That the 2020 Honda HR-V Sport is the sporting reference for the Japanese cross-over range appears clear from a first and quick look. The Honda HR-V Sport is 4.34 m long, 1.60 m high and 1.79 m wide. At first glance it has sinuous but also pointed lines, its sporty character is emphasized by the ribs along the side that conclude its run towards the pointed rear handle and the sloping roof that gives the HR-V a more slender line. Looking into her eyes, it is easy to see the sculpted front, with the full Led headlights and a glossy black element that joins them together. Just below is the honeycomb radiator grille in glossy black, too, while at the bottom of the bumper, the round fog lights shine through. Finally, how can one not notice the unusual thin front splitter that continues its run in the side skirts and the new wheel-pass covers, strictly black?
The rear has a decidedly more lively look than in the past with generously sized rear lights (but not particularly modern in design) and the rear window that tightens under the rear spoiler. The aesthetic picture of the exterior is completed with the 18-inch black alloy wheels, with dedicated design, and then here is the sexiest element: the double chrome-plated tailpipe.
Now it’s time to look at the interiors. Once the door is open I crouch on the driver’s seat which I find very comfortable and from the high seat. To tell the truth, the cabin is not so different from the 2020 Honda HR-V ‘standard’ but in the Sport version, it is embellished with clean surfaces, leather seats, and red fabric, aluminum pedals as required by the sporting tradition. The general build quality is really excellent, as Honda has accustomed us, and the quality of the materials is good even if perhaps we could have dared a bit more and opt for more noble materials than plastic and fake leather that covers the most in sight. The steering wheel is equipped with the classic controls to control the infotainment system, enclosed in the 7-inch touch-screen. The system has a graphic that begins to feel the weight of the years but the touch does its job and is functional. Below it is the dedicated keypad with touch-sensitive climate controls while under the gear lever there are several electrical outlets, too bad they are a little hidden from view.
2020 Honda HR-V Dimensions & Trunk Capacity
The 2020 Honda HR-V is undoubtedly a sporty but also versatile SUV. This means that there is room on board even for those sitting behind. The rear seats are comfortable with the ability to adjust and recline the seats in two positions. For our passengers, there will be enough space for the legs and shoulders but let’s not forget that we are still talking about a sporting SUV with an arched, sloping roof that takes up space and inches for the head. It should be noted that the rear seat is designed to accommodate two people rather than three, with the third wheel that will find the central bulge uncomfortable. For our guests, there is no possibility to use the rear air vents but there is an electric socket. Present the standard Magic Seats: that is the possibility to overturn the rear seats to have more vertical space to dedicate to bikes or other tall objects.
The luggage compartment has a very good load capacity starting from a minimum of 470 liters (also counting the compartment under the trunk) and reaches a maximum of 1103 liters, with the seats reclined. The bottom of the compartment is regular and the load step is really minimal.
The 2020 Honda HR-V Sport is relatively a small SUV but with great onboard technology. Standard features city emergency braking, lane departure warning, frontal collision alarm, parking sensors (front and rear) with rear view camera with three different functions (zoom, super zoom and wide angle) , recognition of road signs, cruise control and limiter, not to mention other gems like the Magic Seats rear seats and the panoramic roof, always standard.
The Honda HR-V Sport is an urban, sporty and versatile SUV made for the city. Why do I say this? Since there is no 4 × 4 drive and therefore I do not recommend using it for off-road routes, instead it is at ease in the metropolis. The 2020 Honda HR-V Sport is agile and agile thanks to the new 1.5 Vtech turbo engine with 182 hp, fluid and performing, it moves the HR-V well both in urban and extra-urban traffic. When combined with the six-speed manual gearbox, it manages to push hard up to 5,500 rpm with 240 Nm torque which is always linear and progressive. A small note of merit for the manual transmission that I found fantastic. The gear lever is positioned higher than normal because it is on a kind of suspension bridge, so it is closer to my hand and more comfortable to use. In addition, the lever is smooth and short, with dry and precise joints. Everything is accompanied by a light clutch that does not tire the foot in city traffic. If, on the other hand, we combine it with the 7-speed CVT automatic transmission, the engine can be pushed up to 6,000 rpm with torque going down to 220 Nm.
The Honda has worked hard on variable-ratio steering. What does it mean? The steering ratio is reduced and more sensitive to the typical low speeds of the city and less parking wheel rotation is required in the parking lot, while in extra-urban driving it is safer and more relaxed. The grip of the steering wheel is soft and gives me good feedback but there is a small note of demerit: I find that the diameter of the steering wheel is really too big and that it is too full of controls. The sports suspension that now adopts Performance Damper technology, in order to make the shock absorbers capable of countering torsional and lateral movements by limiting the roll, they give the car a rigid but not exaggerated attitude, it goes smoothly even on the pavé of the metropolis and allows, at the same time, to have a very front end precise even in bends at higher speeds.
2020 Honda HR-V Consumption
Chapter noise: the soundproofing is not perfect, some too much noise enters the cabin, unfortunately, both that of the engine, especially when we exceed 3,000 rpm and that of aerodynamic rustlings. Behind the steering wheel, the seat is pretty high and the seats are comfortable. Visibility is excellent and long-range, moreover, it is perceived where the bodywork ends (an element that, on an SUV, is to be kept in strong consideration). Consumption? In the real world, along with a mixed route, including urban, extra-urban roads and a few motorways, the onboard computer reported consumption of 6.5-7 l / 100 km.
The 2020 Honda HR-V Sport will come out in dealerships with a price of $33,550, for the version with a six-speed manual gearbox, while if you prefer the 7-speed automatic CVT gearbox, the check should amount to $35,062.