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Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run

Sanjay ยท Nov 8, 2022 05:55 PM

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 01

There's no need for pitchforks, we still opine that the Perodua Ativa (D55L) remains a fantastic value proposition in Malaysia's new car space. It's right-sized, fairly powerful (What's that? Tekan tekan preggy?), and practical โ€“ but these are also the merits of the 2015 - 2022 Honda HR-V (RU-series).

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 02

Carsome has about 50 on their site currently

You can snag one of these now for anywhere between RM 65,000 to RM 110,000, depending on year of manufacture, mileage, and variant. It's still competitive, smack in the middle of most new B-SUV's prices in the market today.

Overview: Once the king of the hill

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  • 2016 Honda HR-V S 1.8

    RM 70,800
    RM 776
    /month

    76,193 km

    8.5 years

    Kuala Lumpur

  • 2017 Honda HR-V V 1.8

    RM 68,900
    RM 843
    /month

    96,943 km

    7.5 years

    Petaling Jaya

  • 2020 Honda HR-V V 1.8

    RM 101,800
    RM 1,116
    /month

    6,870 km

    4.5 years

    Cheras

Early models were priced from RM 100k to RM 119k new, and as the facelift boosted kit count while introducing the Sport Hybrid i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive) variant, prices increased to RM 109k to RM 125k.

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 01

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 02

As the Chinese say, two tigers cannot share a mountain, and the HR-V was certainly content with this arrangement; partly because...what even was the proverbial second tiger?

Also read: 2021 Honda HR-V Hybrid updated in Malaysia, priced at RM 114k, now with LED headlights

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 03

Similarly-priced rivals like the Ford EcoSport,  Peugeot 2008 (the dowdy one, not the good one), and Mitsubishi ASX were largely snubbed, while the Subaru XV and Mazda CX-30 ultimately remain niche products in part due to their higher  prices.

Specs: Which variant of the HR-V to buy?

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 04

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 05

Thoughtful boot aperture and handy multi-way foldable seats means you can fit a LOT inside

Prices weren't the only thing going for the HR-V. It's a looker (still is), and apart from its MPV-like utility (uber-practical interior, Ultra Seats), the featureset still holds up.

Honda HR-V pre-FL equipment
  S E V
Headlights Non
LED
Non
LED
LED
VSC Yes Yes Yes
Airbags 2 2 6
Keyless
entry/start
No Yes Yes
A/C 
system
Manual Auto Auto
Cruise
Control
No Yes Yes
Paddle 
shift
No No No
Reverse
camera
No No Yes

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 06

Bear in mind that the Mugen parts were not available seperately, and only two colours were offered (Dark Ruby Red Pearl and White Orchid Pearl)

Just before the facelift was introduced Honda Malaysia put out a limited run (1,020 units) HR-V Mugen. The equivalent of a shiny Pokemon, it was circa RM 119k new, and it came with a full bodykit, decals, Mugen badging inside and out, as well as limited-edition floormats. Everything else matched the V variant otherwise. Carlist has a couple...

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 07

HR-V RS facelift

After that, the facelifted 2019 Honda HR-V gained a lot more standard equipment, and even then it got plenty of running improvements along the line.

Also read: 2021 Honda HR-V for Malaysia gets new infotainment, LED headlamps, and colour

Honda HR-V FL equipment
  E Hybrid V RS
Headlights Non
LED
Non
LED
LED LED
VSC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Airbags 6 6 6 6
Lanewatch
Camera
No No Yes Yes
Keyless
entry/start
Yes Yes Yes Yes
A/C 
system
Auto Auto Auto Auto
Cruise
Control
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Paddle
shift
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reverse
camera
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 08

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 09

No matter if its the early or later-term models, the fuel-sipping powertrains stayed the same. The 1.8-litre engine plus CVT automatic is a comfortable experience be it in traffic jams or long distance drives, while the Hybrid variant provides sprightlier proceedings.

Honda HR-V powertrain options
Engine Output Transmission
1.8-litre
i-VTEC
142 PS, 172 Nm CVT
1.5-litre
i-DCD
152 PS, 190 Nm 7-speed
DCT

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 10

To answer your 'which variant' to buy question, we'd suggest you go for the V variant, if possible of the facelifted variety. Not only is the kit count richer, facelifted models are at most 3 years old, so barring any hanky-panky by the previous owner your new-to-you car should still be covered by official Honda warranty.

Also read: Here's why you can't switch off the Auto headlamps function in your Honda

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 11

What about the hybrid, you say? Aside from the regular five-year/unlimited mileage warranty, Honda also offers an eight-year warranty (with unlimited mileage) for the hybrid battery. Now, the Sport Hybrid i-DCD was first launched in 2019, so your battery warranty will last till 2027.

Common problems: What are they?

Snubbing an Ativa? Look at used Honda HR-Vs from RM 55k: more power, greater practicality, cheap to run 12

Judging from quick checks with owners and social media scouring, the HR-V remains relatively problem-free. 'Buy and drive' is apparently the case with this one, but this being a used car, things like Carsome Certified backing and of course, your own due diligence helps a bunch.

At least, check to see that the car's been serviced on time. Even better if it's got a full record of what's changed throughout the car's life. MyCarInfo would be a valueable resource, because via them you can know the car's insurance history; whether or not it's been claimed for anything major like a big accident or flood damage.

Also read: A simple way to check if a used car has had flood insurance claims

Overall, the Honda HR-V still has plenty of life left to give to you, its new owner. Check out Carsome's listings of the HR-V in this link right here.

Sanjay

Senior Writer

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.

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