2019 Honda HR-V: crossover gets Sporty tweaks

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Author: | Updated: 10 Apr 2019 03:39

A new trim of the Honda HR-V is now available – the new Sport model introduces a host of styling enhancements, a more potent engine and mechanical adjustments.

Honda HR-V Sport 2019

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The Mazda CX-3 rival’s exterior has had a rework, with an interpretation of Honda’s latest ‘Solid Wing Face’ styling now obvious. This gives it a fresh new look that brings it in line with the rest of the brand’s line-up.

Up front there’s a deeper air intake that houses circular fog lights, while the headlights now have projector lenses with a redesigned LED daytime running light signature.

Honda HR-V Sport 2019 side

At the rear, a dark chrome garnish across the tailgate mirrors the new trim at the front, and the rear lights sit within darker lens casings. Depending on spec, a new 17in alloy wheel design is available, as are chrome-tipped exhaust exits. The HR-V Sport (pictured) gets 18in alloys and is available in a range of unique colours.

Inside, Honda has improved the seating design and introduced noise-cancellation technology for the first time to improve refinement. The HR-V remains as versatile as ever, including the carry-over of Honda’s innovative ‘Magic Seat’ system. Redesigned seats for the driver and front passenger incorporate changes to the seat cushion and back rest, providing enhanced overall support – especially for the shoulder area.

Honda HR-V Sport 2019 interior

Engines include a new 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 128hp and 155Nm of torque. This gives it a 0-62mph time of 10.9 seconds and a combined fuel consumption figure of 53.2mpg. A 1.6-litre diesel is also available, producing 118hp and 300Nm of torque. Combined economy ranges from 54.3mpg to 56.5mpg.

The Sport model features a more potent version of the 1.5-litre petrol, producing 180hp. This bring the 0-62mph time down to 7.8 seconds and ups top speed to 133mph. All engines are equipped with a six-speed manual as standard, although an optional CVT automatic is optional on petrol models.

Honda HR-V Sport 2019 rear

Sport trim also gets ‘Performance Damper’ technology, which helps the car corner flatter and enhances stability. The steering has also been tweaked for a more engaging feel, too.

The refreshed HR-V is available to lease right now – you can find thousands of deals and compare prices here. Alternatively, check out our Honda Type R video review.

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