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Honda’s HR-V takes the sophisticated route for mid-life refresh, due October

Written by: Neil

Honda’s refreshed HR-V will be the ‘most sophisticated’ compact SUV when it goes on sale this October.

Of course, that’s the view of the Japanese car maker themselves, but they’re probably onto something going off what they’ve revealed so far.

The subcompact SUV comes with a more elegant look than before, with the exterior now boasting a high-gloss dark chrome panel while the front bumper gets deeper air intake sections that house circular fog lights.

Headlights with projector lenses and redesigned LED daytime running lights complete the front-end, while around the back, there’s dark chrome across the tailgate, mirroring the new trim at the front, with rear lights sitting within darker lens casings.

Inside, higher-grade fabric and reshaped seats provide greater quality and comfort.

What else is new with the revised HR-V?

Higher-grade HR-Vs get new 17-inch alloy wheels and a unique chrome finisher on the exhaust tailpipe. These upper-tier models also benefit from full LED headlights and rear lights and a dark ‘smoked’ effect on the rear casings.

The addition of midnight blue beam metallic bumps the number of exterior colour options to eight, joining milano red, platinum white and crystal black in a pearlescent finish, and lunar silver, modern steel, brilliant sporty blue and ruse black metallic hues.

Engine options will include the highly-efficient 1.5-litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated petrol engine, which exploits 128bhp to hit 62mph in 10.2 seconds when equipped with the six-speed manual. This sprint extends to 10.9 seconds with the optional CVT automatic, but this variant promises average fuel economy from 53.2mpg and official average CO2 emissions of 121g/km.

A sportier ‘TURBO’ version of the same 1.5-litre petrol engine will become available from spring 2019, alongside a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Honda is throwing a fair amount of effort at the revised HR-V. Time will tell if it’s enough to make it a strong enough rival to trouble the Nissan Juke and Kia Soul.”

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