HR-V range expands with mid-level Limited

The time is right to add an extra model to the HR-V family, Honda says.


ADDITION of a sixth variant within the HR-V range will further enhance the compact crossover’s appeal within the booming sub-compact sector, Honda New Zealand says.

A derivation of the $32,990 S, but $4000 dearer due to an equipment enhancement, the new Limited places mid-pack, $2000 above the X variant and $3000-$6000 below the three Sport models.

Beyond the S content, it loads in some features previously restricted to the Sport editions. These include roof rails, smart entry, a security alarm, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, fog lights, auto head lights, rain sensing wipers, rear park sensors, side steps, a reversible auto-tilt mirror.

In addition to having a new design of 17-inch alloy, it can also be identified by a different bumper design and its badge.

The model also takes push-button start, leather on the seats, gearshifter and steering wheel, 12 Volt power outlets in the rear, a lanewatch camera and Honda’s autonomous braking feature, City Brake Active. The ADAS forward collision and lane departure warning meted more expensive editions, such as the Sport pictured here, is absent.

It maintains the same drivetrain as other HR-V editions, so is front-drive with a 105kW/172Nm 1.8-litre married to a seven-step constantly variable transmission.

Nadine Bell, general manager of marketing for the Auckland-based operation, has expressed confidence that this version will be a popular choice with the car’s buyer base.

“It is great to add a new model to the HR-V line-up,” said Bell. “With the added specification and mid-range price point, the … Limited offers more choice and great value for customers.”

For an additional $1000 over list price, Honda here can also enable a “Black Edition” that adds tinted windows, black wing mirrors, black alloys and a black grille for what has been described as a unique, modern look.

HR-V has been pitched as a smaller alternate to the CR-V and aimed at the Holden Trax, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-3 within the increasingly effervescent small crossover sector.

Though it uses the Jazz platform, HR-V is 298mm longer and 28mm wider and slightly taller. With a ground clearance of 170mm, it offers just 35mm more air and has a similar turning circle, of 10.6 metres. Towing capacity is rated at 800kg with brakes and 500kg without, while the spare wheel is a space-saver item.