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Honda HR-V updates have made it very competitive podcast

Honda’s HR-V SUV ranks well in sales – the sixth best seller of over 20 players in the small SUV segment.

I’ve just driven the four-model Honda HR-V range – the refreshed lineup getting Honda’s city brake active autonomous emergency braking. The VTi opening the batting at $24,990, the VT-iS from 27,990, the sporty RS from $31,990 the range-topping VTi-LX from $34,590. All HR-V’s retain the 1.8-litre naturally aspirated engine mated to a CVT continuously variable automatic – in front wheel drive only, combined city/country cycle economy 6.9L/100. This is a very competitive small SUV – from a driving perspective the big improver in this latest series is the CVT or continuously variable automatic – now displaying far less slip and its most noticeable. Drive-ability and nimble handling make it a sweet performer – the specification comprehensive – even the base VTi gets a reversing camera, climate control air, an electric park brake and cruise control and 16-inch alloys. It’s not perfect however and one disappointment and its applies to a number of small SUV’s -there is no seat height adjuster for the front passenger seat – my wife complains of sitting too low – if you’re short wasted it’s a frustration and one area car companies need to address in the interests of comfort. However, the HR-V, one of the best models in Honda’s range, is better in this latest series – the new variable gear ratio steering giving it a driving sharpness you notice as soon as you get behind the wheel.
I’m David Berthon

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