2020 Honda HR-V RS (car review)

IN a world that seems dominated by small SUVs, a new, sportier option presents itself, this time in the form of the 2020 Honda HR-V RS. Stylish, practical and modern, it’s seemingly a breath of fresh air in this ever popular segment.

Honda’s RS nameplate means a sporty look and feel is mandatory, and it’s definitely here, with 18-inch alloy wheels, a Piano Black body kit, flappy paddles behind the steering wheel, and alloy sports pedals.

Under its skin is a 1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine producing 105kW and 172Nm, coupled to a CVT gearbox. To us, that isn’t much heart, but there’s a sports mode button which helps enable what power there is to be unleashed, even if it’s a tad underwhelming.

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The RS also has a claimed 6.7-litres/100km fuel economy and during our testing this was not too far off the mark. It does work hard for the money though, so you could see these numbers grow. It does have economy mode though.

What Honda has created is an offering that is very good as a sports SUV, but not quiet worthy of the RS moniker in terms of performance. That said, the rest of the HR-V RS is actually pretty good.

Sharp, modern and stylish is how we would best describe this small SUV, and it’s certainly well appointed and comfortable at this price point. The Lunar Silver Metallic paintwork of our test vehicle certainly looked the part too.

Should that colour not be your favourite, you can choose Crystal Black, Phoenix Orange, Platinum White, or Modern Steel, among others.

Inside the cabin, the black leather wrapped seats and steering wheel feel good to the touch and are comfortable for commuting, with a sense of style. A 7.0-inch infotainment system is nicely housed within the dash too.

It features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. However, the infotainment system is less than user friendly as a whole, and isn’t very ultra-modern either, which lets the overall package down slightly.

Audio quality is good from the 6-speaker sound system, and the set up and is more than ample for cruising along listening to your favourite tunes. The 2020 Honda HR-V RS is also fitted with blind spot cameras beneath the mirrors.

This neat little feature means your infotainment system doubles as a video screen to show you what the camera can see when changing lanes. It’s a system we like a lot. There’s also heated front seats with memory for the driver, and climate control air conditioning.

Overall, it’s a good quality, small SUV option. From the time you shut the door and hear a solid thump, to the one touch blinkers and the overall look and feel of the exterior and interior, this car is solid, well made and feels quality.

Positioned against competitors such as the Mitsubishi ASX, Kia Seltos and Toyota C-HR, the Honda is definitely going to have its fair share of admirers, owners and yes, even haters too.

So, if you’re after a funky, modern, stylish SUV that is an economical daily driver, this could be your car. Just don’t pay too much attention to the RS badge.

The Honda HR-V RS is priced at $32,290 (drive away) and comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

Our test vehicle was provided by Honda Australia. To find out more about the 2020 Honda HR-V RS, contact your local Honda dealer.


Driving experience
Exterior styling
Interior look and feel
Technology and connectivity
Family friendliness
Value for Money


Pros - price point; build quality; comfortable and practical; stylish looks.
Cons - infotainment system is clunky and not completely user friendly; arguable whether it's worthy of the RS badge.
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


    • Hi Francisco the Honda rides on 18-inch alloys and features Tyre deflation warning as an added feature. The actual tyre sizes are 225/50 R18’s on both the front and the rear. Hope that helps

      • Hi Andrew, helps a lot once here in Brazil I bought a new one but came with 17″ and ai’m looking to use 18″, hope fits! Tkx a lot!


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<strong>Pros -</strong> price point; build quality; comfortable and practical; stylish looks.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> infotainment system is clunky and not completely user friendly; arguable whether it's worthy of the RS badge.2020 Honda HR-V RS (car review)