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There’s a touch of ‘magic’ in HR-V 2022.
The latest iteration of Honda’s compact SUV, the Honda HR-V 2022, has been completely overhauled, and it looks quite promising. The HR-V new model will be hybrid-only and will take on the Toyota C-HR and Volkswagen T-Roc to compete in the expanding compact SUV market.
The Honda HR-V 2022 sports a squarer, boxier design reminiscent of the first-generation HR-V model. However, subtle changes to the exterior lend the car a sleek modern look that is quite distinguished. The hexagonal grille and the newly designed headlights make the new HR-V model stand out from the crowd. We also love the 18-inch alloy wheels and the new color, premium sunlight white.
Honda did a great job of packaging the fuel tank so that there is some extra space in the cabin, which makes it feel more spacious than the previous versions. The Honda HR-V 2022 also comes with what the company calls “magic seats” — a feature found in the Honda Jazz. The magic seats allow you to have extra space when you are not using the back seats, and you also have a large storage area.
However, the boot space is quite small when you are using the back seats. Even for a compact SUV, the boot space on the new Honda HR-V 2022 is small.
We also loved the Honda HR-V interior, with a giant nine-inch touchscreen control panel stealing the show. The dash has a modern yet old-school look as Honda has decided to go with a mix of touchscreen and analog control dials.
If you want a splash of color, you can go with the Advance Style model, which has a more vibrant orange detailing and lighter upholstery, making the Honda HR-V interior pop.
The new Honda HR-V 2022 comes with a similar setup as the Jazz. With some modifications, the ‘e-Hev’ system powers this sleek and compact SUV. The engine can produce a peak power of 131 hp and a torque of 253 Nm. The battery pack has also been upgraded to a higher capacity to add to the range in the EV mode.
The biggest selling point of any hybrid car is fuel efficiency, and the HR-V does quite well on that front. Under different road conditions, you can expect the vehicle to achieve around 50 miles per gallon.
The new HR-V 2022 is a comfort-focused SUV model and is not going after raw power. However, the car still feels quite punchy and achieves 0-60 mph in about 10.6 seconds, which is not bad for a hybrid.
The ride in the new HR-V model is comfortable, thanks to the 18-inch alloy wheels.
The starting price of the base model, the Elegance version, is $21,870. The car is also available in the fully loaded, more expensive model, the Advanced Style, and it will cost you $28,170 in the US.
Practicality is of great value in the compact SUV market, and the new HR-V model is great in this aspect. The car is very spacious and comfortable as a family wagon. The only thing that we were a bit disappointed about was the amount of storage space. We feel Honda could have done a better job optimizing the trunk in this model. Many other competing cars have significantly larger boot spaces in this segment.
Honda is a very trusted name in the auto industry, with a number of their vehicles featuring in the best car lists of all time. The new HR-V is no exception. It is a great overall car with some good features. If you are looking for a spacious hybrid and a compact SUV, you can’t go wrong with this one.