Honda HR-V: Changed 17″ RIM and Owner Review

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This is an E-spec Honda HRV (Hip and smart Runabout Vehicle) that comes with fewer gadgets. At the front, it comes with a pair of yellowish halogen Daytime running lamp. X-wing brings their current modern theme across models (Jazz, City, CR-V), “big head” body ratio add a little fierce and make the car appear bigger from front.

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Pretty basic Honda sterling wheel with audio player and hands-free control at lower left.

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The audio player supports Bluetooth music stream, pair your smartphone with it, use music player or Spotify to play, then you will notice music are play from car speakers.

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Unique curved center console is my favourite, which provide more spaces to lay hand and add a little luxury look to overall car interior.

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Same as Honda Jazz, the Continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda “G-design” shift logic that claim to be sporty and fuel-efficient. Two smart buttons behind gear are electronic parking and automatic brake hold.

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There is a hidden compartment under first half of center console that might be little out of reach for smaller size user. At the edge, there are 3 ports for E-spec: power outlet (12v 120w MAX), AUX-in and USB connectiviy.

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Automatic Brake Hold button, it helps while in traffic light or traffic jam, press and system will auto holds the brake right after a complete stop, it will release when accelerate. Means driver can relieve from keep stepping on brake pedal especially in serious traffic congestion.

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Below arm-rest, there is a limited space storage, which only enough to put a small pouch, keys and few cards. With a more shallow part at end which fits smaller stuffs such as coins.

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Standard carpet which already dirty, car hood and oil release at the side, with few buttons (fuel economy, vehicle stability assist & ultrasonic sensor) on the top.

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Basic functions on driver side control, fold-able side mirror, left and right mirror switch, mirror view adjustment, window lock, central door lock and windows scroll.

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Seems like storage space in Honda HR-V are generally smaller compare to Mazda 3 2010. As above, can’t fit in much gadgets in passenger side dashboard drawer.

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There are no air ventilation at the back such as Honda CR-V, only another cup holder will be found here, center fold-able armrest is also missing at the back seats.

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On the good side, back seats have a spacious for leg length, comfortable enough for an hour or two journey. Similar to Honda Jazz, back seats are versatile that can set-up into Utility Mode, Tall Mode, and Long Mode. I am also amazed with big boot space that consist 437 litres, definitely will ease me while loading road bike.

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L-size Fondriest TF3 1.2 road bike fit just nice in the boot space without disassemble front wheel, 2/3 rear seats were fully down, 1 half down so i can put my stuff below it.

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Different from Thailand version with vertical line tail light, we got LEDs that arranged in square-like design, where Honda named as “LED Rear Combi Lights”. As my SA showed us, rear fog lamp is only one sided on the right.

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Good looking sharp-fin antenna, appreciate Honda Malaysia’s decision on installing this instead of Myvi type of antenna.

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Hidden door handles near edge of rear windows that make the car feels like sporty two-door coupé.

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Side mirror with turning light are electric fold-able, not automatically such as Peugeot 308 Turbo, have to manually press a button at driver side. For me, still not getting used to fold it before engine off, which Mazda 3 allow to fold (within minute) after key was pulled out.

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1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine (4 Cylinders, 16 Valve), Power: 142 PS (105 kW) @ 6,500 rpm and Torque: 174 N·m @ 4,300 rpm. Assumed this is a R18Z1 which is the same as current Honda Civic FB2. Thanks to G-Design Shift CVT, cruising alone with HR-V is smooth as silk, engage V-Tech by rev-up provide adequate power delivery when needed to overtake cars. But driving with full load 5 peoples, you will notice engine roaring while driving up slopes or hilly roads. IF you changed from a Sedan to this Mini-SUV, do take it easy on corners, HR-V comes with rollovers in a way that makes me goes slow and not confident in sharp turns.

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Change from Honda stock 16″ rim to 17″ Enkei Tuning SC32 mainly for cosmetic purpose, as the stock rim dull design appear to be small, make the car looks imbalance and heavy.

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As for the tyre, changed from Bridgestone Turanza 215/60 R16 to Toyo Nanoenergy 3 215/55 R17. Compare to less than hour drive on stock rim, 17″ is just a little bumpy and harsher, which is very acceptable with the exchange of better appearance.

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Issues:

i) Beep sound, i found lack of beep sound while lock and unlock the car. Tried to find on the manual but there are nothing about it. Found the issue stated in car forum discussed hood or boot not fully closed is the cause of it, and now the problem solved.

ii) Auto headlight sensitivity, it doesn’t provide an off-light basic feature. By place it in Auto, the auto headlight sensor sensitivity is high enough to be quite annoying, especially when the day is still not dark.

iii) Wind noises, whenever drive above 100km/h, i’ll notice obvious wind noise from driver side window, sounds exactly like window left with a little bit open. Seems like issue happened often in Honda cars, example: Wind noise at driver’s door window

iv) 1 USB socket, there is only one socket available in my E-spec Honda HR-V although stated 2 USB sockets in official site as image below.

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Refer to this picture, under the center console bridge, only a 12V power outlet, follow by blank space, an AUX and USB. Check on carlist.my, Honda official site and PDF file stated 2 USB sockets instead of 1.

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Official Honda HR-V brochure given from Honda showroom. Now, i wonder is this quality control fault or incorrect information printed on all these advertisement.

*Update 10/03/2015: Sent enquiry about it to Honda official day before. Just received a call from Honda customer service, seems like they have put up/print out incorrectly, and now have change the quantity from 2 to 1 on official specification site.

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Overall, i am enjoying the comfortable and relaxing driving experience from Honda HR-V, believe it will be very practical day-to-day for city drive and serve me well for coming years.