Honda continues to challenge other subcompact SUVs in Europe with the facelifted version of the HR-V.
Exterior upgrades follow in the footsteps of the US-spec model, plus a few minor changes at the front, such as the circular fog lights. Compared to the outgoing model, the revised Honda HR-V features a high-gloss dark chrome panel above the grille, deeper air intakes in the bumper, and projector lense headlights with redesigned LED DRLs offered as standard.
Higher specs get full LED lighting units on both ends, with the taillights getting a dark effect. Then there are the new 17-inch alloy wheels and the exhaust tailpipes with the chrome look. Customers can also choose one of eight exterior colors, including the new Midnight Blue Beam Metallic.
Inside, the 2019 Honda HR-V comes with redesigned front seats, higher-quality material for the standard fabric upholstery and full leather in upper grades.
On the open road, the small SUV is said to be quieter thanks to the addition of extra sound deadening. Moreover, depending on the selected model, it can be equipped with Active Noise Cancellation for the first time.
While the US-spec Honda HR-V is powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 143PS (141hp / 105kW), mated to a CVT, the European model is only getting a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter unit for now. It pushes out 130PS (128hp / 96kW) and 155Nm (114lb-ft) of torque, and works together with a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional CVT.
When equipped with the stick shift, the vehicle goes from 0 to 100km/h (0-62mph) in 10.2sec, whereas the latter option adds 0.7sec to that time. The average fuel consumption is 5.3 l/100 km (53.2 mpg UK / 44.3 mpg US) and it emits 121 g/km of CO2.
Honda has already started production of the updated HR-V for Europe, where deliveries will commence in October.
Meanwhile, next spring, the lineup will benefit from the addition of a turbocharged 1.5-liter petrol engine and a 1.6-liter diesel.