The three-door version of the Honda HR-V is already familiar to readers (ZR, 1999, No. 10). The car left a good impression: it was surprisingly comfortable, unexpectedly energetic on the road, although, like most three-door cars, it was somewhat “selfish” in its internal content. However, the three doors and tightness in the back seat limited the circle of potential consumers.


A little time has passed, and here is the five-door Honda HR-V. Two additional doors and an increased 100 mm wheelbase outwardly definitely benefited: the car became more proportional, the elongated rear window gave way to the usual series of window openings that made the appearance of the HR-V more traditional.

In the front seat, you are unlikely to feel any differences: the same cheerful instrument cluster with color scales, the same set of convenient toggle switches and handles, and, of course, the same high (as on the “adult” off-road vehicle) driver's seat, providing good visibility.

Only the average stance closer to it and somewhat better visibility backward reminds the driver of a change in the body proportions. But the rear passengers will surely feel an increase of 10 cm. The spaciousness, a comfortable pillow and an adjustable backrest, also divided into two parts, allow you to sit, if not royally, then at least freely. The luggage carriers behind the backs of both versions are almost the same: medium-sized, comfortable in configuration, they are clearly too small. But after the transformation of the cabin you feel all the advantages of the five-door HR-V: the gain in the length and volume of the compartment is undeniable. In addition, it is much more convenient to lay out the back seat of the “long-backed”. In general, in terms of passenger convenience and versatility, the five-door Honda HR-V outperforms the short fellow.

But this is, so to speak, in statics - but what is the car in motion? Unfortunately, the “five-door” we got with the variator. So, acquaintance with the new 125-horsepower engine is postponed, its variator is not equipped. We are satisfied with the previous 105 “horses”, especially since on the “short” HR-V we have exactly the same engine, though with a mechanical transmission.

The motor is not bad (after all, “Honda”!), However, even with the “mechanics” it does not strike with an explosive character. The engine clearly loves high revs, but for the sake of the off-road qualities of the car, "the tops" strangled "." It turned out something in between and less interesting.

A car with a CVT continuously variable variator looks even more balanced against the background of “mechanics”. And it's not just the extra pounds. It affects the features of an automatic transmission that does not always respond optimally to driver commands. And if in the bustle of the city some thoughtfulness of the car does not interfere, then with temperamental driving you always come across the limited capabilities of the motor. As a result, our sympathies remained on the side of a more understandable “mechanics”.

The difference in handling is also very noticeable. Three-door "Honda" all the time provokes a little bit of a hooligan. Fast, accurate reactions, small body rolls and all-wheel drive transmission capabilities seem to push the next turn even more actively and faster. And I must admit, this allows the car.

The five-door HR-V immediately cools your fervor with the power and unhurriedness of responses, a sharply increased roll. The car still holds the road firmly, but in bends they start to yelp tires, you have to turn the steering wheel at a larger angle, more noticeably the side swing. The car does not understand the driver at a glance, reacts to commands with a laziness …

Surprisingly, the “five-door” suffered not only controllability, but also a smooth ride. If the three-door HR-V pampers with comfort, then the long-base fellow suddenly dazzles with a detailed repetition of the profile of the road, more actively shakes riders on bumps. We look closely - indeed, the pendants have become tougher (it seems that they were equipped with more powerful springs). As a result, the “five-door” copes better with deep pits and potholes, but is somewhat harsh on small coating defects.

It is no less interesting to compare the patency of our wards. Indeed, theoretically, the “long-legged” off-road chances worsen. In real life, they are equalized … with a plastic “curtain” under the front bumper. It is located so low and breaks off so easily that you don’t want to think about experiments (the price of this element is $ 160). Although this spring, at the first, very cursory acquaintance with the five-door HR-V, journalists had plenty of dirt on a special highway in Krylatskoye. Then the organizers simply took off the notorious aprons and the Honda HR-V showed a very good cross. So the off-road potential of the car is available.

Honda HR-V 5d

(in brackets differing data of the three-door version)

General data: number of places - 5; number of doors - 5 (3); curb weight - 1275 (1180) kg; Gross weight - 1640 (1580) kg; maximum speed - 152 (162) km / h; acceleration time 0–100 km / h - 13.7 (12.0) s; turning radius - 5.4 (5.2) m; highway / city fuel consumption - 7.5 / 9.9 (7.6 / 10.4) l / 100 km; fuel supply - 55 l; ground clearance - 190 mm. Engine: gasoline, four-cylinder, in-line, with two camshafts and four valves per cylinder, with distributed injection; location - transversely in front; working volume - 1590 smz; cylinder diameter and piston stroke - 75x90 mm; compression ratio - 9.6; power - 77/105 kW / l. with. at 6200 rpm; maximum torque - 135 N.m at 3400 rpm. Transmission: all-wheel drive, with torque transmission to the rear wheels through a multi-plate clutch; gearbox - automatic with CVT stepless variator (mechanical).

Photo by Vladimir TRUSOV

Three-door Honda HR-V

caused a lot more emotions

rather than a more practical five-door option. It seems that when this car was created, it was the “short-runner” who was assigned the role of the “driver” machine. The five-door asset is convenience and rationality.