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The Honda HR-V offers more space and technology than before, plus a new hybrid option – but at $36,700 drive-away it’s more expensive, has lost its centre rear seat, and gets less powerful 1.5-litre engines.

  • 2022 Honda HR-V pricing and specifications
  • Choice of petrol or hybrid power, sipping less fuel (but producing less power than before)
  • LED lights, 9.0-inch touchscreen, 18-inch wheels standard
  • More interior space, but four-seater only
  • Priced from $36,700 drive-away

The all-new 2022 Honda HR-V small SUV has arrived in Australia, with the option of hybrid power – but buyers will pay for the privilege, with the base price rising by $5400 drive-away compared to the cheapest version of the outgoing model.

Open to orders today, the new HR-V will be offered in two variants, priced from $36,700 drive-away for the Vi X petrol – making the cheapest HR-V on sale $5400 dearer than the previous base model, the $31,300 drive-away HR-V VTi, which three years ago could be had for $24,990 plus on-road costs.

Honda Australia says the Vi X grade is positioned between $35,100 VTi-S and $38,500 RS versions of the outgoing model – making the like-for-like price rise no more than $1600.

Opting for the frugal e:HEV L hybrid ups the price to $45,000 drive-away, or $4000 more than Honda Australia’s previous range-topping HR-V variant, the $41,000 drive-away VTi-LX petrol (without a hybrid system).

Standard equipment has risen over the previous HR-V, however, with all variants featuring as standard 18-inch wheels, a 9.0-inch touchscreen (up from 7.0-inch), LED headlights, keyless entry, and adaptive cruise control – none of which were fitted to the previous HR-V VTi base model.

However, while Honda claims increased legroom and recline for rear passengers, it has removed the centre rear seat – making the HR-V one of only two new five-door SUVs under $100,000 with just four seats, the other a 50cm-shorter, $22,000 Suzuki Ignis city car.

The new Honda HR-V offers buyers a choice of two powertrains: a 1.5-litre non-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine developing 89kW and 145Nm in the Vi X, or a brand-new e:HEV hybrid option, pairing a 1.5-litre engine with two electric motors for 96kW and 253Nm combined.

However, both options are less powerful than the outgoing HR-V’s 105kW/172Nm 1.8-litre non-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, which was already one of the less powerful options in the small SUV class.

Both of the new HR-V’s powertrains drive the front wheels through continuously-variable (automatic) transmissions.

Fuel economy has improved compared to the old HR-V, down to 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres for the Vi X petrol (from 6.6-6.9L/100km), or 4.3L/100km for the hybrid – the latter matching a Toyota C-HR Hybrid.

Measuring 4335mm long and 1790mm wide, the new Honda HR-V is a similar size to the vehicle it replaces – though inside, the rear seats are positioned further back to create additional legroom, thanks to the repositioning of the hybrid components and fuel tank further up front.

Standard features across the HR-V range in Australia include a 9.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto and satellite navigation, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.

Buyers keen on blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert or heated seats will need to step up to the e:HEV L hybrid model, which also adds a power tailgate, heated steering wheel, acoustic windscreen, and more.

The 2022 Honda HR-V range will arrive in Honda Centres across Australia next month.

2022 Honda HR-V Australian pricing

  • HR-V Vi X – $36,700
  • HR-V e:HEV L – $45,000

Note: All prices above are drive-away.

2022 Honda HR-V Vi X standard features:

  • Four seats only
  • 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto and satellite navigation
  • LED headlights with auto high beam
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Single-zone climate control
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Four-speaker sound system
  • Fabric upholstery
  • Magic Seats (rear folding seats)
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Privacy glass
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Tyre pressure monitoring

2022 Honda HR-V e:HEV L adds (over Vi X):

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Speed limiter system
  • Piano black exterior trim
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Black leatherette and fabric upholstery
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Auto-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • LED cornering lights
  • Acoustic windscreen

Available colours include:

  • Platinum White
  • Premium Opal
  • Crystal Black
  • Meteoroid Grey
  • Premium Crystal Red
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