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.
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.
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.