Test Driving the Honda HRV

Looking for adventure? Want to take that weekend trip down the Great Ocean Road you’ve been meaning to for a while, or perhaps you just want something a little roomier to zip around those inner city roads?

The Honda HR-V, with its stylish yet practical features speaks for itself and is the vehicle for just this.

Honda’s HRV is a breakthrough for Honda, who has received raving feedback for the cross-over SUV. It’s been fourteen years since we’ve seen an upgrade of the Honda HR-V nameplate; and this new model is worth every bit of the wait.

They say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ – however, the vehicle’s stunning first impression transmits from the outside in.

You could almost envisage your next road trip by just looking at it. What impresses even more than its sleek and edgy exterior is the contemporary conveniences you find within. A spacious cabin trimmed in leather gives it quite the smart feel. The rear seats have enough room for people to sit comfortably and despite their rigidity, they offer a surprising amount of leg room and head space you initially would not expect on first impression. No rear passenger air vents, however, could spell inadequate cooling on a hot summer’s day.

You can tell Honda put extra thought into their equipment. The multi-angle reversing camera is quite the handy feature, adding ammunition to the Honda HRV’s safety arsenal. You could almost overlook the surprisingly dim high-beams because of the LED headlights everywhere else. As like all car seats in all sorts of long-haul drives, the HRV’s seats can get kind of uncomfortable during long trips but Honda’s ‘magic seat’ system makes up for it – you can adjust all the seats to your liking with ease. The rain-sensing wipers, roof rails and the push-button start are were welcome additions, adding to the ‘feature-full’ feel of the vehicle.

But what takes centre-stage is the seven-inch colour screen, smack bang noticeable and for very good reason. Plug in your iPhone and even your NAVMAN at the same time special thanks to the nifty double-USB ports. There’s also a nook to pop anything else underneath it (like, well, your phone of course). You can also look forward to excellent Bluetooth features – such as Apple and Android connectivity, MP3/WMA compatible audio system and AM/FM tuning. There is a single CD holder, however more storage would’ve been appreciated. Overall, the screen looks strikingly pretty (it has a starry background with a huge digital clock on sleep) but on a more practical note, a built-in satellite navigation would’ve been the cherry on the cake.

Oh, on another note, we cannot forget the INCREDIBLE SUNROOF. We all think of a movie scene when we see a sunroof, with the breeze running through your hair while wearing your Raybans. It’s just something to get excited about. It’s got the potential to turn your drab grocery run into a scenic route.

Driving the HR-V feels as fun and cool as it looks standing still. It makes for swift city driving and provides overtaking entertainment on the highway. What’s also really lovely about the VTi-L is how quietly it runs – almost encroaching upon hybrid territory with its harmonious vibe whilst cruising. It truly makes for a therapeutic drive.

The Honda HR-V gave a pleasurable driving experience, and at the higher trim levels, brings together a host of pretty cool gadgets. It’s no doubt attractive (the chrome doorhandles are also really sleek) and performs well. It’s the car for an adventurous couple or a small family; or for anyone really – that’s what makes it fabulous.

Honda has really created something very cool, and you can imagine this little baby being on many people’s wish lists.

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