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Australia in February

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From what I have been reading, it looks like the Aussies will be getting the HR-V in February. Wish and hope it could be that soon for the US.

On the other hand, they do say "launched" so I guess that could mean they don't actually get the cars then.
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So I've recently been reading about this car because we are currently looking for a vehicle in this size.

From what I've read some dealers have already gotten some HRVs and are hiding them out back awaiting launch in early February after the January sales.

This is the flyer with Australian specs:
Does it differ dramatically from what's in the states?

Also what is:
- LED guide style tail lights
- Lane watch
- Remote key FOB operation (how does it differ from "smart entry")

Looking forward to having a look at this as well as the Renault Captur also launching in February and Mazda CX-3 which is scheduled for March (although it may be delayed).
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Hi Ninja,
Where have you heard that dealers have them? Do you mean in Australia?
Sorry - my bad. I'm Australian!
fine print indicates that buyer must pay additional cost for those colors. Hope Honda doesn't pull a dirty trick like that here in the states...
This is common practice for most car brands in Australia. Usually the metalic or pearlescent paint options cost around AUD $500 to $2000 more.

I just realised recently that there is no navigation in this model so it has slid down the shopping list somewhat. A strange oversight really. I was also under the impression from an article I read early last year that 2015 Hondas were going to have Apple Carplay implemented but apparently that isn't the case either.

I still don't know what the difference is between remote key FOB operation and smart entry. I'm also a bit perplexed as to why there are two black colour options listed.

Nevertheless it's still worth a look to see how it is. Happy to upload pics as requested if I am allowed to take them.
Navigation is on the EX-L in NA.

Smart entry is when the car recognizes the key in your pocket and unlocks the door as you walk up.
Yeah - I was just a bit confused as to why the lower spec model gets teh smart entry while the higher one gets the key fob operation.

Anyway - Official Australian Pricing is similar to competing brands

Honda HR-V pricing (plus on-road costs) in Australian Dollars:
VTi CVT $24,990
VTi-S CVT $27,990
VTi-L CVT $32,990
VTi-L CVT with ADAS $33,990

Official Australian Launch: 10-11 February

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Got an email with a hrv ebrochure and announcement of the launch of the official honda hrv australia website. Apparently the car will be available for viewing from the 1st of February.



Great pictures on the website. ENJOY!

Apparently the difference is with the high end model the key fob can open and close windows while the lower end one can only open windows.
Hey everyone, stumbled on this forum and thread googling about this car as I recently test drove one in Sydney, Australia.
Hey, I'm in Sydney too! May I ask which suburb you saw it in?

Have you had a look at any other vehicles in this class apart from the HRV and XV?

I actually had a look at the XV but it seemed too big. I test drove the Suzuki S-Cross recently and was very pleased with the finish and equipment level ... but the engine felt underpowered. The Holden trax equipment level was poor for the price and drive wasn't too impressive. The cooper countryman drove well but the suspension was too firm for rear passengers. I also test drove the Mercedes GLA which was really comfy but quite low (and a fair bit more expensive). I also had a look at the VW tiguan and the Peugeot 2008 but didnt drive them.

I am also waiting for the Renault Captur which launches next month and the Mazda Cx3 which launches soon too! However I am unlikely to wait long enough for the Jeep renegade or Citroen c4 cactus to launch.

There is so much choice in this segment atm it is mind boggling!
No problem guys, glad to help.

I test drove the HRV at the Homebush Honda dealership on the corner of Parramatta Rd and Bridge Rd Homebush. Spoke to a guy named Darren who was really knowledgable - he mentioned that he'd been down to Melbourne with the design team and actually provided feedback on design elements. It was nice to deal with someone who actually just let the car speak for itself. Not a sales pitch to be seen anywhere.

They had a bunch there that were being test driven and Darren mentioned that he'd already sold one just before we arrived.

As for other vehicles in the class, I've done a bunch of research which narrowed down the list to the XV, the CX-5, the Mitsubishi Outlander as well as some Jeep models which were quickly removed from the list after checking some reviews. Personal preference for me means I'm avoiding purchasing a Holden. There's no real rational reason here other than the fact that I think I can get better resale value down the line with a Subaru/Honda plus the design lines of the two cars I've mentioned just seem a little more masculine.

I'm not exactly a 'car head' if you know what I mean but from the day I spent visiting the dealerships, nothing really jumped out as far as looks and practicality as much as the XV and the HRV.

The CX-5 is a great vehicle but is probably a little too expensive for my budget, not to mention that it definitely reeks a little too much of 'soccer mum' for mine.

My sister has a CX-5 that I drove and it's a really nice ride, the smoothness was reminiscent of the HRV to be honest. You really notice that Skyactiv technology when you're on the road. It makes it feel like a far smaller car - you really float along.

And look, I totally agree that we're spoilt for choice in the segment. There have been moments where I've really felt overwhelmed with the options available. One thing I didn't mention earlier is that another factor to consider for me is whether or not it's a good idea to be buying a car without a proven track record, even though I thoroughly enjoyed the test drive and loved the car.
Definitely give the XV a test drive. I generally prefer the drive of Subaru but find their interior design quite lacking.

The cx5 is one size bracket up from the hrv. Maybe have a wait to look at the cx3 which launches in march? The Skoda yeti would also be in your price bracket with lots of features thrown in. But resale will be poor.

Also be aware of service intervals. Honda is one of the only manufacturers which require 6 monthly intervals for service. Annoying since the exact same cars sold overseas do not have this requirement.

Got a call from my local dealer who organised a test drive for tomorrow. Will see how it goes.
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So took the Australian spec HRV Vti-L for a test drive:

The renders and promotional material are really a disservice to how the vehicle looks. It is a very modern and smart looking vehicle especially with the jewel headlight and tube tail light clusters. The character line across the side panelling is far less jarring when seen in person and fits the vehicle well. The ruse black is beautiful with a slight grey/purple hue however I would have liked the purple to be more prominent which would have looked truly unique on the road.

The interior finish exceeded my expectations. I was surprised that essentially the entire upper half of the doors in both the front and back were soft to touch. The material used for the forward dash, edges of the centre console and adjustable front arm rest are a firmer material but soft to touch as well. Silver accents stand out superbly from the contrast of dark materials throughout the cabin. However while the abundance of glossy black looks nice it is a notable fingerprint magnet and may be prone to scratches. I became particularly enamoured by the speedometer which has a concave design to the dials creating a sense of depth and the illusion of the needle seemingly floating above the markers. The front cupholders are dynamic and can adjust easily to become a large storage compartment using a unique folding mechanism which almost doubles its depth. The rear magic seats perform their usual wizardry but also provide the ability to recline further back for comfort. I'm 5 foot 10 inches and found headroom and legroom in the back to be generous even with the front seats pushed back all the way... except for the rear centre seat which saw my hair brushing the roof line, a problem not present in models without the panoramic sunroof. I was quite pleased the sunshade for the sunroof is completely opaque and blocks all light to keep the cabin cool when closed unlike some manufacturers who insist on a 'translucent' type finish. The boot is large with a minimal lip allowing you to drag luggage easily in and out however there are no shopping bag hooks which seem almost like a standard feature for this vehicle class. Materials used for the boot lip and lower bumper are a rougher matte plastic which should hide scuffs easily. Disappointingly the boot/cabin divider is a cheap piece of fabric with a flexible wire frame which does not retract or rise (but can be removed). Use of touch controls for the climate control appear nice but are less practical when driving. The glove box is also very small and not climate controlled despite the multitude of vents located directly above it. The air vents on the passenger side are designed to try and provide more air to the rear passengers by varying airflow speed laterally but it was hard to direct them to do so accordingly. There are no dedicated air vents for the rear passengers and the rear armrest was very short. Also the latch for opening the front passenger centre armrest cubby becomes hidden when you adjust the armrest forward meaning you have to retract the arm rest each time you want to open it, a flaw not present in other vehicles with this feature.

Unfortunately, while the exterior and interior finish exceeded my expectations the drive did not. The 1.8L engine feels adequate for the most part but is far from inspiring when pushed. While driving on level roads the gearbox provides a pleasant smoothness to the ride. However on steep inclines the CVT and engine creates a whine which is not matched with any significant improvement in your speed (and this is just with two passengers with no luggage). I cannot help but feel this vehicle would do better with Honda’s newer earth dreams direct injection engines and their 7 speed DSG. Nevertheless it is still superior to the Suzuki S-Cross's woefully underpowered 1.6L engine and CVT. Suspension is firm but not overly harsh like the BMW 2AT or Mini Countryman. Nevertheless bumps were felt throughout the cabin when driving along a rough concrete road which the Holden Trax and S-Cross seemingly handled better. Hitting a manhole provided a definite shudder. While ride firmness is somewhat forgivable for stability of a taller body (or greater sportiness) the reality was on curvy roads at moderate speed there was noticeable body roll. The body roll was not as bad as the Trax but a definitely worse than other vehicles I had test driven on the same route. On the plus side the A-pillars are thin enough to minimise forward blind spots and the enlarged C Pillars are less of an issue with the impressive lane watch blind spot camera. Seats were supportive with good lumbar support despite it not being adjustable and the driving position was spot on.

While the fit and finish was excellent I felt the drive did let it down. We drove the base model Skoda Yeti directly after the HRV and difference in drive quality was quite notable with the Skoda outperforming the HRV in practically every way. For close to AUD$40K for the top of line model I would also expect navigation to be part of the package. Its exclusion in the Australian market is unfortunate and the phone app integration inadequate. So all in all, a bit of a mixed bag. Not quite a hit but not quite a miss either.

I took a few photos, mostly of things I didn't think you could find photos of elsewhere:

Dynamic front cup holders/cubby (transition from large cubby to cup holders):

Concave Dial Design

Rear Bottle holder with power outlet

Centre Cubby and Glove Box

Two levels of recline for back seats

Boot/Cabin Divider


For fantastic professional shots of the cars interior and exterior I found this Thai review:
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