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post #1 of 12 Old 10-03-2015, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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Test drive HRV 1.5 EXE / CVT

Hi All,

Finally HRV is also available in our region (Eastern part of Europe).

And today I went to Honda to test drive it.

What can I say...

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Honda HRV 2WD
1.5l petrol engine with ~128 BHP and CVT

Trim level:
By our Honda standards it's Executive (something like EX-L Navi in US).
Pearl white color

To be honest I went to test drive only because of the engine and CVT.
I ordered my HRV the next day when the Honda told they will sell HRV in EU market. I have 100% trust in Honda in regard of build quality, materials, technology used in car etc. And ordering a Honda is like making a sandwich - you have only three options Comfort, Elegance and Executive which one to choose depends on your wallet possibilities. The only thing which I didn't know was - what a **** is 1.5l petrol engine and CVT?!

I'm impressed, it's better then I thought it will be.
Said that I still can not understand why US owners/drivers are complaining about "weak" engine (you have 1.8l engine)?! The 1.5l in HRV is (at least felt) better then 1.8l in my 2013 Civic
But you need to keep in mind that my opinion is made according to our speed limits. We don't have any Highways. The maximum speed allowed here is 100 km/h (60 mph) so 1.5l engine IS enough.

What else to say. Currently nothing, I will have more to say when I will receive my Pear White 2WD HRV with this fantastic 1.5l petrol engine and small but funny CVT gear box.

Delivery times here are also nightmare.
The first are coming whites (already swimming across the pond) and other deliveries (colors) will be delivered starting from January-April.

Can't wait to get my hands on my own HRV

Roland
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Hi All,

...And today I went to Honda to test drive it.
Honda HRV 2WD
1.5l petrol engine with ~128 BHP and CVT
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Said that I still can not understand why US owners/drivers are complaining about "weak" engine (you have 1.8l engine)?! The 1.5l in HRV is (at least felt) better then 1.8l in my 2013 Civic
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Roland, congratulation!

Don't listen to the people that are complaining about the engine. First, 99% of them are NOT owners. Secondly the car has plenty of oomph to make the driving experience a pleasure.

What is WEAK is their judgement. If they want a hot performance car, they are looking in the wrong place. They should be looking at a BMW, Audi, VW GTI, VW R, Ford Focus RS, one of those hot rod Isuzu or Subaru (have no idea about those models) but they are the ones with the BIG ridiculous spoiler in the back,....

It is like looking at a delicious hamburger sandwich and then complaining that it is NOT a filet Mignonne.... Go figure.

Enjoy and keep us posted.
By the way, I am jealous of all the features on the car in the photos that we do not have in the US: LED DRL, LED back-light, front and back parking sensors...
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OK,

Long story short - I got my HR-V, 1.5 L, CVT, Executive (EX-L with Navi), one week ago and have done first 1500 km (~930 miles).

Lot of people are asking about our European petrol engine (1.5 L).
What can I say - it's good, actually it's better then I thought.
For ME it's perfect combination of power and performance.

It has plenty of power, when needed, for overtaking on our stupid roads.
It is a little bit loud when going on 140 km/h (~90 mph) but I have such opportunity only when going to visit my Lithuanian customers.

But for normal driving on max 100 km/h (~60 mph) it's perfect.

Fuel range, well this is not so easy... I'm on winter tires, real winter tires right now, and car is new so not so good figures.

In my first trip, last week, I got 6.4 l/100 km (36 US mpg) - trip total was 300 km (190 miles).

On my second trip, when half (300 km - 190 miles) I was driving with speed 140 km/h I got 7 l/100 km (33 US mpg) - trip total was 650 km (400 miles) including city driving and sitting in traffic jams. And autumn weather - heavy rain and front wind all the way to and back.
On my third trip, I got 6 l/100 km (39 US mpg) and that was a little surprise for me. I done totally 350 km (220 miles) with max speed of 100 km/h with 3 passengers including city driving and traffic jams... how did I managed this I don't know

Actually all those trips was with "full" car (3 passengers) and keeping that in mind I'm surprised. Why?

Because my Y2012 Civic with 1.8 L engine was shoving such fuel efficiency only when driving:
1) alone in car
2) on summer tires
3) in perfect weather conditions
So yes, this 1.5 L engine IS good, perfect - at least for ME

What else....

Currently I don't have any issues mentioned here on forum.
No rattle vibrations, no bad smells, all my cars doors are opening when I touch drivers door handle and so on and on

Navigation system (Garmin) is pretty good, at least for Baltic states.

The only complain from my side is brightness of central console at night (the back light of climate controls and side "buttons" of navi device) - It's a little bit too bright and I can not find the way to darken them! Maybe some one knows?

Roland
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According to the manual:
Nop, not this one.... That only works for Navigation display
But how to adjust the center console back light (where all touch sensitive "buttons" are) no one knows

I am going to the Honda dealer this Thursday to install doorsteps and cargo step protector and I will ask them, maybe they will find how to do it
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Those are great fuel consumption numbers IMO. Thanks for the update from Latvia. I don't understand why Honda doesn't make all the HRV models with the same features for all countries, especially things like LED's. What's with that decision?
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Nop, not this one.... That only works for Navigation display
But how to adjust the center console back light (where all touch sensitive "buttons" are) no one knows

I am going to the Honda dealer this Thursday to install doorsteps and cargo step protector and I will ask them, maybe they will find how to do it
Ah. Turn the knob sticking out of the instrument cluster while the ignition is on and lights are on.
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Ah. Turn the knob sticking out of the instrument cluster while the ignition is on and lights are on.
That only works for Tachometer, gauges etc....

I tried this one first, I even putted it on minimum with no results.
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That only works for Tachometer, gauges etc....

I tried this one first, I even putted it on minimum with no results.
Funny, On my EXL (US Model) it also controls the touch panel... I tried it last night before posting.
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Funny, On my EXL (US Model) it also controls the touch panel... I tried it last night before posting.
Strange, I tried it but with no results.

I think that someone at Honda had done something from series "it looks better" and they forgot to change it back.

Because my HR-V was showroom / test drive car before they sold it to me
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