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If you are like me, you might be wondering how exactly the Vezel / HR-V stacks up against vehicles in the small SUV category (vehicles like the CR-V, RAV4, Forester, and Tuscon). Well, I found this video on YouTube and I think it's very helpful in gauging the two size classes. It shows a comparison of the Vezel and a Hyundai Tucson.

If you skip ahead to 3:45 you get a great sequence of shots showing the two vehicles side by side. I haven't seen this type of comparison anywhere else (in photos or videos), and it actually surprised me how similar the two are in size. Take it for what it's worth, I'm not sure if the Tucson sold in other countries differs from market to market.

Of course a big thank you to the YouTuber who posted this video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arpNY4biJGo
 

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Very useful video. Thanks. There are many Tucson's around, it gives us an idea of what to expect in the HR-V.

I had a good look at the Tucson. Here are its dimensions vs the Vezel
Length 4400 mm vs 4295 mm
Height 1685 mm vs 1605 mm
Same ground clearance 170 mm
Weight 1560 kg vs 1270 kg
So despite appearances in the video, the Vezel is smaller.

The 2014 Tucson has failed the IIHS small overlap test and the 2015 model seems unchanged. (http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/hyundai/tucson). I have found the front seat access in the Tucson unpleasant because the cushion borders are high and very hard. The video suggests that the seat access of the Vezel is better.

Tucson engines : 2.9 l (164 hp) or 2.4 l (185 hp) vs ? . (0-60 numbers suggest that the Hyunday horsepower is overrated.) Here is a good review of the Tucson (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/video-hub/search/tucson/hyundai-tucson-20102015-road-test/79781549001/) Excellent handling but stiff and noisy ride.

A fully loaded Tucson sell for $34k (Canadian ) vs $30k for a similarly fully loaded Subaru Crosstrek. The Honda Civic Touring fully loaded is $25k (no AWD). In my opinion the Tucson is overpriced. I hope the HR-V will cost less than the Crosstrek that is a much larger vehicle.
 

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Great video comparison, thanks for posting it.
Now they just need to speed up the process for the USDM HRV so we can finally see more of these comparisons.
 

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Even though the Vezel is smaller by a bit, I wonder how much more functional it is with the magic seats. I wouldn't be surprised if you get more interior space and flexibility out of the Vezel.
 
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