Garwin Beukes - With the vast list of urban Cross-overs currently entering the Namibian market, it's become an excessive task to single out one over another. So we're going to make a point of looking and what each model has too offer!
Last time we focused on Renault's Captur Blaze, today we take a close look at Honda's HR-V.
Before we start, I just want to note that the New Honda HR-V has an auto brake hold function which is an absolute necessity when driving in Windhoek, taking into consideration the Namibian drivers.
The HR-V is aimed at young families and is launched in two versions; the 1.5 Comfort and a 1.8 Elegance.
The 1.5 litre Comfort version is equipped with halogen headlights, fog lights, roof rails and color-coded trimmings. Inside there’s a cloth upholstery, soft-touch surfaces, front cup holders, door pockets, front armrest and illuminated vanity mirrors.
The 1.8 litre Elegance receives a number of upgrades such as new alloys, auto LED headlights with daytime running lights, leather trim, leather steering wheel, auto aircon, heated front seats and a rear armrest. The 13cm monitor in the Comfort version is replaced by a 18cm touchscreen display with reversing camera.
Without a doubt, the Honda looks good. The front end features
tapered headlights framing a V-shaped grille and meshed lower air intakes. The
large wheel arches adds to its rugged SUV traits along with slim roof rails.
At the rear there are large tail light clusters and what will aid with making shopping and loading the all the kids’ items a breeze, is the tailgate which opens at bumper level.
The HR-V is packed with equipment such as an electric parking
brake, combined with an auto brake hold function. This would be one of the reasons
to buy the Honda.
Honda says: “The electric parking brake is engaged via a switch on the centre console, and automatically releases when the accelerator pedal is pressed. The auto brake hold function engages automatically after the vehicle has been braked to a standstill, and the brake pedal is released. The hold function is disengaged as soon as the accelerator is activated.
“However, if the brake hold function remains activated for an extended period of time, for instance in a traffic jam, the electric parking brake will be engaged instead. Again, pressing the accelerator will then disengage the electric parking brake.”
There are six air bags, head restraints, inertia reel seat-belts for all seating positions, and Honda’s advanced compatibility engineering (ACE) body structure. Driver assistance programs include: anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, emergency brake assist and emergency stop signal activation; vehicle stability assist, hill-start assist and a high-mounted LED rear brake light.