The sub-compact CUV segment is a very popular sub-segment within the Crossover Utility Vehicle market. Technically it isn’t a new segment, as the original cross-overs (CR-V, RAV4 etc.) were about the same size as these vehicles now are, the originals have grown over the years, like most vehicles in North America. We reviewed the Honda HR-V a few years ago when it was first released, last week we had the opportunity to review a new trim on this small ute.
The newest addition to the Honda HR-V is the “Sport” trim, which sits above the LX trim and below the Touring trim, the EX trim is not offered anymore.
The 2019 Honda HR-V Sport has a starting price of $28,800 plus $1,795 for Freight & PDI and $125 in levies and fees, for a total price of $30,720 before taxes.
The major difference between the vehicle we reviewed in 2016 and last week’s Sport trim is aesthetic, which includes 17″ wheels, gloss black trim on the exterior of the vehicle, mainly in bottom trim like the front lip spoiler, side skirts, rear bumper, and wheel arches. I’ve seen this gloss black trim used on the interior of vehicles, where I found it to scratch very easily, I’m not sure how this exterior application will stand the test of time.
The Honda HR-V Sport is powered by the same 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine found on our previous review car, producing 141 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 127 pound-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm. Power is sent to all four wheels via a Continuously Variable Transmission. I personally would’ve liked the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine on the Sport trim, I think that would’ve really made it a sporty CUV, but then again, I might be in the minority.
According to Honda, the 2019 HR-V Sport should consume 9.1/7.7/8.5 Liters/100 kilometers in city/highway/combined driving. Our weeklong drive showed 8.6 L/100 km in about 75 – 80 percent city driving, which is spot on with the claimed numbers.
Driving the Honda HR-V Sport is a pretty decent experience, it does what it’s supposed to do. It’s a practical city car that has a bit of a raised seating, it’s a Honda Fit with a bit of extra ground clearance and a higher seating position. Most of my driving was in the city and I had no problems with the way it accelerated or handled, I was satisfied.
The interior doesn’t get any changes, at least from what I could tell. The interior has a clean layout and is easy to understand very quickly. The interior materials are mostly hard plastic, which is common in this segment, with some plastic trim covered by cloth, giving it a softer feel. The interior is fairly quiet and is a comfortable place to spend your time. I found the interior to have enough room for my needs, the back seats fold flat, making carrying larger items very easy.
Overall, I think the Honda HR-V is a pretty good vehicle. There are a lot of vehicles in the sub-compact CUV segment, and the HR-V competes well with the others. The “Sport” trim makes the HR-V look a bit sportier, which might attract younger buyers.