2022 Honda HR-V 1.5 S: Corolla Cross fighter undercuts it in price, not value
Sanjay · Jul 27, 2022 05:12 PM
If you're dead-set on an SUV in Malaysia, the 'lower-end' of the price scale has long breached the RM 100k barrier, at least where foreign makes are concerned. The all-new 2022 Honda HR-V doesn't buck the trend; with its entry 1.5 S variant priced at RM 114,800.
2022 Honda HR-V price in Malaysia
Prices are OTR without insurance
The previous-generation HR-V 1.5 S was priced at RM 99,800 (back in 2015), and though today's pricing is quite a jump, you are getting a much more complete car for the money or a 'basic' model at that – as we'll show you in this variant highlight.
Exterior: Base, but not basic
For the money, the cheapest pathway into HR-V ownership buys you LED headlights up front and round the back (no foglights though), 17-inch wheels, and a black grille that apes the Japan-market car.
Arguably this grille looks better than what's on the 1.5 E, V, and RS e:HEV variants, but different folks, different strokes, as they say.
Differences round the rear need a closer eye: the lightbar LED tail lights unite every variant (except they're smoked on the RS), and this, being a naturally-aspirated variant, comes without any tell-tale 'Turbo' or 'e:HEV' badging.
Exhaust is single exit too, unlike the turbocharged 1.5 E and 1.5 V variants.
Interior: No-frills to the max
The interior lets on a bit of the...base-specness of things, because it loses some flair that's present in higher-end variants. Steering wheel and gear knobs are both urethane, and the silver trim that runs across the centre cubby and dashboard in other variants is absent too.
It's also the sole variant to get a fully-analogue instrument cluster, though it's welcome to see the 4.2-inch multi-info display now being in full colour instead of monochrome as it is in the Honda City.
Tying things together is the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen that's shared with other variants, also bundling in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Speaker count tops out at four.
Fortunately you do not need to pay more for rear air-cond vents, nor the fancy Air Diffusion air-conditioning system.
The latter has a special mode in the vents – see it in action in the linked video – that forms an 'air curtain' that reduces heat poring in from the side windows.
Performance: Smaller, more efficient engine
This is the slightly touchy bit about the all-new HR-V. This S variant uses a new 1.5-litre, DOHC i-VTEC engine, which many see it as a 'downgrade' from the previous 1.8-litre mill.
In power figures yes, the new mill is lower: 121 PS and 145 Nm, versus the old SOHC i-VTEC's 142 PS and 172 Nm. But power figures tell only half the story.
The previous 1.8-litre unit is an aging mill that's behind in efficiency, returning 6.5 litres/100 km. The newer, 1.5-litre engine trumps that with a claimed 5.9 litres/100 km, making it the second most-efficient variant behind the 4.9 litres/100 km RS e:HEV.
ACC with Low-Speed Follow (LSF) is part of the full-suite of Honda Sensing ADAS the HR-V 1.5 S gets, as below:
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Collision Mitigating Braking System (CMBS)
Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Auto High Beam (AHB)
Adaptive Cruise Control w/ Low Speed Follow (ACC, LSF)
Lead Car Departure Notification (LCDN)
Conclusion: New value king? Possibly...
For RM 115k, there's little to fault the 2022 Honda HR-V 1.5 S. In more ways than one it looks like a new value king – this starting price is around RM 13,000 cheaper than the cheapest Corolla Cross 1.8 G – and it offers similar levels of kit.
Interior trimmings do leave a little to be desired (remember the Proton X50 isn't priced too far off also), but there's some things that the HR-V, even in this guise, does better – it's hard to discount its practicality and complete safety suite.
With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.