Worth trading in your X50? Guide to the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V, mulled for Malaysia

Sanjay · Jun 3, 2021 12:00 PM

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Familiar name, but a completely different look: back in February 2021, Honda debuted the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V in Japan.

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Lots have been said about the new SUV, so let's quickly go over some facts and figures.

What's the all-new Honda HR-V?

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The model marked the carmaker's first global debut of 2021, two months before they unveiled the equally-new 2022 Honda Civic FE.

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A full model change (industry parlance for a generational shift), the third-generation HR-V comes with a cleaner look, new powertrains, and bundles along fresh features as well.

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Japan has started selling the Vezel (as it's known there) in April, while European countries will follow suit later this year.

Is it really bigger than the old HR-V?

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New (L), old (R)

This might surprise you, but numbers don't lie: it's only a sliver stubbier and shorter than its predecessor:

Honda HR-V dimensions
Model/Dimension All-new Honda HR-V 2nd gen HR-V Difference
Length (mm) 4,330 4,334 -4
Width (mm) 1,790 1,790 0
Height (mm) 1,590 1,605 -15
Wheelbase (mm) 2,610 2,610 0

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Even so, adapt packaging sees the latest RV-series HR-V having more space than the outgoing generation. Curious, right?

Wait, the interior is more spacious?

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Yes it is, thanks to clever engineering. The hybrid powertrain and drivetrain components are now located within the chassis and engine bay (we'll get to the specs in a bit), and the fuel tank is now beneath the front seats.

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These result in extra interior space, allowing the rear seats to be moved 30 mm further back, with recline increased by 2 degrees.

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What's important is this: the new rear seating position brings an additional 35 mm legroom and shoulder space.

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The previous-gen HR-V already offers great space

Which is certainly a welcome increment; given that the HR-V we still have here has class-leading leg and shoulder room.

Also read: Hold on, is the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V really as big as it looks?

How many litres of boot space?

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About this - while Honda has said plenty about the new HR-V's cargo-carrying capabilities, they've stopped short of mentioning anything about just how many litres of bootspace it has.

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Tall mode, where you can fit probably a plant in there

Questions of litres aside, the new HR-V keeps the much-loved ultra-modular, ultra-aptly named ULTRA seats for different types of cargo.

Also read: This is how useful the Honda Jazz’s Ultra Seats are! Myvi what?

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Which means that if one wants to fit two bicycles in, just kick open the handsfree powered tailgate, fold the rear seats out of the way and slot them in - no awkward tyre dismantling required.

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Ingenious use of space matters a lot more than just litres

But bicycles aren't the only thing that fits with the second-row seats stowed away - if you so choose, Honda says, a 190cm-tall-adult can lie comfortably in the boot as well. Interesting.

I heard it has a special feature. What is it?

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A headlining feature of the new HR-V is its trick air-conditioning system.

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Essentialy, the L-shaped vents bookending the central dashboard strip can work as your regular air-cond (forward-directed air flow), or as the Air Diffusion System, which creates a gentle air vortex that feels like a natural breeze. It does this by directing air along the side windows and roof.

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For the first time in a HR-V, rear-air cond vents

Which also means that the heat transmitted through the side windows in summer (or winter's cold air) is blocked by an air curtain that forms around the passengers - resulting in a constant temperature in any weather.

Also read: Honda explains how the 2021 Honda HR-V's A/C vents work like an air curtain to keep you cool

What about other features?

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LED daytime running lights, headlights, and tail lights are standard fare across the model's four-variant range in Japan.

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All variants of the all-new Honda HR-V get digital air-conditioning controls and LED interior lights, while upper variants add goodies like dual-tone seat upholstery, a panoramic moon roof, Qi wireless charging, and heated seats.

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Nifty Digital Key

Other cool stuff include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, the Honda Connect vehicle telematics system, as well as the Honda Digital Key - which allows one to control door locks, air-conditioning, and start the engine via smartphone.

Also read: Honda Connect debuts in Malaysia, City RS to be first model

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Of course, these are variant dependant; much like the 7-inch fully-digital instrument cluster (which looks very much like our Honda City RS') and Pioneer 10-speaker surround sound setup.

Does it come with Honda Sensing?

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Yes, every variant gets the Honda Sensing ADAS suite, working through a sonar + camera system. Here's the main functions:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with edestrian detection, Low-Speed Follow (ACC w/ LSF)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)
  • Auto High-Beam (AHB)

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In terms of passive safety, there's the requisite front, side, and curtain airbags, as well as ISOFIX tethers.

What about performance?

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Honda provides two powertrain options for the all-new HR-V. Only one variant is purely petrol-powered, with the remaining three being hybrids, utilising the similar dual-motor i-MMD setup as our City RS:

Honda HR-V performance
Variant G e:HEV
Powertrain

1.5-litre, naturally-aspirated, DOHC i-VTEC

118 PS @ 6,600 rpm

142 Nm @ 4,300 rpm

FF/AWD

CVT

1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid

Engine: 106 PS / 127 Nm

Electric motor: 131 PS / 253 Nm

FF/AWD

e-CVT

FF Claimed fuel efficiency (WLTP)

5.89-litre/100 km

4.03-litre/100 km

Take note that power figures for the engine and motor cannot be summed simply because they peak at different rotational speeds.

Also read: Here’s why the all-new 2020 Honda City RS with i-MMD doesn’t need a gearbox

Are there any modifications for it?

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Honda themselves will happily sell you modification packages for their SUV.

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Honda Access' ambient lighting kit

Honda Access offers two bodykit options - Urban Style and Casual Style - in addition to a host of other accessories like boot trays, additional interior lighting, and cabin garnishes.

Also read: Not bold enough? Check out these accessories for the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V!

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But if those are a bit too tame, then Mugen has an alternative - complete with a two-tier wing and a sports exhaust system.

So much new stuff, is it more expensive?

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You've probably seen this coming but...yes.

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With Casual style bodykit

In Japan - the only market where it has a price tag at the time of writing - prices for the all-new Honda HR-V start from JPY 2.279 million (~RM 87k) for the entry-level G variant to JPY 3.298 million (~RM 125k) for the range-topping e:HEV Play variant.

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Last available pricing for the preceding HR-V started at JPY 2.075 million (~ RM 78k) for the base-spec G variant, while topping out at JPY 2.93 million (~RM 110k) Hybrid Z variant.

Also read: Prices announced for all-new 2021 Honda HR-V in Japan, smaller car, higher price

Most importantly - is it coming to Malaysia?

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This is a bit of a tough cookie. It really could go either way.

Scenario one: Honda Malaysia introduces it with a significantly higher price. You've read the above, and it's easy to see why - the car is already priced higher, and tacking on excise duty, the quantum of price increase will be further amplified.

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For context, the current HR-V in Malaysia is priced from RM 104k to RM 119k. Meanwhile the Honda CR-V starts at RM 140k, meaning the HR-V has a very small gap to fit in. 

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And don't forget, the HR-V will see tough competition in the briskly-selling Toyota Corolla Cross as well, which ranges from RM 124k to RM 134k.

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Not this one - this is the current WR-V and it's five years old. Just in time for an all-new generation

Which gives rise to scenario two: it'll be replaced by the next-generation Honda WR-V. Now this is a model that's aimed at developing markets, which could make it more competitive (at least price-wise) if the HR-V is unable to reach Malaysia.

Also read: The all-new 2021 Honda HR-V is pretty, but might skip Malaysia

All you need to know is here...for now!

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Prior to more news, this is your most up-to-date guide to the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V.

If sedans are more your style, then check out our equally in-depth FAQ to the upcoming all-new 2022 Honda Civic linked below.

Also read: Start saving up: Your guide to the all-new 2022 Honda Civic before its Malaysian launch!

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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