European consumers are able to purchase the facelifted Honda HR-V with a 1.5-litre VTEC turbo petrol engine. Positioned as the top of the range variant, the HR-V Sport as it’s called in Europe gets uprated suspension tuning and a manual gearbox.

The 1.5-litre VTEC turbo makes 182 hp and 240 Nm (1,900 – 5,000 rpm) of twist when the standard 6-speed manual equipped. Opt for the CVT and the maximum torque is capped at 220 Nm (1,700 – 5,500 rpm).

Interestingly, despite torque kicking in at a later rpm and tapers of 500 rpm earlier, the 6-speed manual HR-V completes the century sprint quicker than the CVT equipped car – 7.8 seconds vs. 8.6 seconds. Top speed is higher on the manual variant too at 214 km/h as opposed to the CVT’s 200 km/h.

The HR-V Sport also comes with beefed up suspension technologies for a more dynamic ride and handling. As standard, it gets Performance Dampers, Variable-Gear Ratio electric power steering and Agile Handling Assist (AHA). The latter is found on the Civic Type R.

Manual or CVT for you?

In Malaysia, the Honda HR-V facelift is available in three 1.8-litre SOHC petrol variants and a 1.5-litre Hybrid model. Pricing starts from RM108k for the entry-level E grade climbing to RM124k for the RS variant.


Honda HR-V Sport in Europe

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