Qatar has always been known for its large SUVs and our recent review of the Honda Pilot showed how comfortable and serene the driving experience can be, even in extreme conditions of traffic and weather. And medium SUVs are now very common, with the Honda CR-V the leader in this class in most countries around the world.

And, if existing trends continue, most of us will be driving crossovers or SUVs in the near future; that’s because the latest automotive battleground is taking place in the fast-expanding compact SUV class. So, we welcome to Qatar the latest contender – the all-new Honda HR-V. The world’s best selling small SUV blends the beautiful lines of a coupé with the practical space and toughness of an SUV, creating a car that can keep pace with your life. Welcome to the new standard in compact comfort, style and versatility.Honda HRV Marhaba Motoring Review

You’ll definitely make a powerful impression with your new HR-V. Its strong lines and distinctive Honda grille emphasise its bold design and the sleek sculpted body – sitting on 17″ sporty alloy wheels – combines an aerodynamic but practical crossover profile with a sporty edge.

The bold new HR-V delivers a multi-dimensional driving experience that’s small on compromise and big on fun. It has spirited engine performance matched with low running costs. It features a responsive i-VTEC engine which maximises economy and efficiency. With the CVT transmission, you can drive the car in a relaxed, automatic mode or, if the mood takes you, change gear using the racing car-inspired, steering wheel-mounted paddles.

You may just be doing the weekly shop but that shouldn’t mean you can’t do it with space and style. New leather upholstery complements the generous interior and is coupled with sporty details like chrome door handles and leather steering wheel and shift knob, giving the HR-V a premium feel.

Honda HRV Marhaba Motoring Review

Designed to adapt to your lifestyle, the HR-V gives you a clever, comfortable and capacious interior. Centrally-mounting the fuel tank provides the HR-V with a huge boot and the novel Magic Seats are further evidence of smart thinking. The Magic Seats are designed to configure in lots of useful ways to increase its carrying capacity and versatility.

ENGINE 1.8 litre 16-valve SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinders with direct port fuel injection

MAX POWER 140 hp (97 kW) at 6,500 rpm

MAX TORQUE 172 Nm (192 lb-ft) at 4,300 rpm

TRANSMISSION Continuously variable seven-speed automatic  with 2WD (CVT)

EXTERIOR The HR-V’s contemporary shape catches the eye and stirs the heart. Its fluid lines have not only been designed to make the car look dramatic but, importantly, more aerodynamic and fuel-efficient. New design details like its distinctive dark chrome front grille, sleek headlights, daytime running lights (DRL), rear chrome trim and sporty front bumper give it an elegant yet rugged look.

Honda HRV Marhaba Motoring Review

INTERIOR The HR-V cockpit is intuitively designed to ensure that everything is where you need it; the elegant dashboard includes the very latest technology, and it’s also incredibly easy to understand and use. Black and beige leather upholstery, automatic climate control and electrically adjustable door mirrors are just some of the features that ensure you will enjoy every journey

SAFETY/SECURITY Driver Assistive technologies, like Vehicle Stability Assist™ with Traction Control, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ Body Structure all aid the driver and enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions; awarded maximum five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP

Visit the Honda showroom on Khalifa Street, near the TV Intersection. Their staff will be happy to explain all and arrange a test drive of the new Honda HR-V or any of their stylish new sedans and SUV. Call 8008 123 or visit their website through this link.  

Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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