The engine is still the same. The transmission no still the same, and you guessed it. The drive. Experience is still the same and I'm in the RS model, which is the sportiest version of the HRV and I'll get to what differentiates it a little bit later. But before we delve any deeper into the 2021 Honda HRV make sure if you're watching on youtube hit. Like hit subscribe, share this video with your friends and also hit the bell notification icon to stay up to date with all our latest content. Now let me show you around the Honda HRV and tell you exactly what's changed. The big news is right here: yes, Honda, Australia has finally added a touchscreen media system with apple carplay and android, auto smartphone mirroring that might not seem like such a big deal to some people out there, but as someone who's just handed back a long term HRV Which i had for six months and disliked even more every single time I drove it because of the old media screen. This is heaven sent. The new screen is the same size as the previous one, a 7 inch touchscreen and instead of having the USB port up here, where the cord could be a little bit messy it's now down here. So it can be tucked out of the way and for those who, like sat nav built into their cars, there's bad news, because this new screen doesn't have GPS nav.
Instead, you've just got to rely on your phone's, apps and they'll mirror up on the screen. If you use Google Maps or Apple maps or Android or whatever app, you need to use it'll be on the screen. Instead, while the smartphone mirroring tech is definitely an advantage, the screen itself is not terrific. The actual menus inside the screen aren't as intuitive as some of the rivals, it's not as big as some of its competitors, and it also looks a little bit – fuzzy and that's a bit of a Honda trait. I don't know how they managed to do it, but it just doesn't look as good as it could otherwise inside the cabin. The storage is pretty good there's, a pair of cupholders here with adjustable height level, so you could put a bottle in there if you prefer there's. Also a covered center console bin there's. This section down here, which I never really use that much but apparently it's great for a handbag and there are also bottle holders in the doors it's a pretty thoughtful cabin, but there's still a few things that make it look a little bit dated sure the materials Are all quite nice, but they don't. Look that special and there's no digital speedo, which is a disappointment. Now let's, take a look in the back seat. The back seat is the reason you buy a Honda HRV that might sound silly because it's not a limousine or anything, but it is supremely practical.
Let me show you: these are magic seats. Now they allow you to create a massive amount of space back here, except that one didn't lock in so in here you can store someone my size or some pot plants or something like that. But what, if you want to store something long and flat? Well, you can put the seat base down and flip down the backrest, and then you've got this massive space that extends all the way through to the boot it's, very good. Now what about actual human space? Well, let me show you just slid in here: this seat is set for my driving position: I'm 182 centimeters or 6 foot in the old money and there's plenty of knee room back here, it's very comfortable there's, even good Headroom, although you do have to watch yourself Getting in and out, if you're a bit taller because of that in terms of that accommodation back here, it is pretty comfortable. You can fit three adults across if you need to, but if you've got kids there are dual ISOFIX anchor points and three top tether points. As well there's a pair of map pockets, which is good. There are door pockets, but they're a bit awkwardly shaped so they're, not that easy to use and there's no center cup holder, armrest situation in here at all. There is a bottle holder down in front of your feet: there's a 12 volt power outlet, but there is no USB charge ports in the back, which is a bit disappointing because more and more cars these days are offering that ability to keep your kids charged up On the road trip, not so in the HRV, but otherwise it's quite a nice place to be now let's check out the boot.
Before I show you, the cargo area let's just consider how compact the Honda HRV is. Yes, it is at the upper end of the small SUV size scale, but it's still very diminutive and City friendly in its size and that's. Why so many people buy it? The boot space on offer is excellent and it just furthers the claim of the Honda HRV. As being the most practical small SUV, you can buy with the rear seats in place, there's 437 liters of cargo space and under the boot floor, there's a space saver spare wheel here's what that means in terms of luggage capacity, fold down those rear seats flat, and You get a huge space at the other end of the car. Nothing has changed under the bonnet of the HRV since it launched back in 2014. It still runs a 1.8 liter four cylinder engine which has reasonable power and torque outputs for the class, but is certainly no firecracker. You might remember. I mentioned that I'm in the RS model it's the third variant up a 4 model range, so it goes vti vti s, RS and top spec vti LX. So what's the HRV like to drive let's start with the engine it's a 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder there's. Nothing too exciting about that and it's got a CVT automatic transmission team to it. There'S, certainly nothing exciting about that. The CVT really just robs you of much enjoyment if there was any to be had from this engine.
Well, that sort of throttles it and it just doesn't excite me at all. I guess that might matter to you or maybe it won't, but if you are looking for a sporty version of the HRV, the engine isn't going to appeal to you in this car. What might appeal to you is the steering in the RS, which is a variable ratio, steering rack and what that means is it's, just a bit more direct and a bit quicker to change directions. It doesn't necessarily mean that there's more feel to the steering and sure it's, not hot hatch like but it's, mostly pretty enjoyable, I mean it's, the most enjoyable part of the drive experience. At least the suspension is unchanged between this model and the other versions in the HRV range, but you do get 18 inch wheels, which are the biggest in the HRV lineup, and that means that the ride can be a little bit bouncy and bumpy, particularly the front End, if you hit repetitive bumps you'll notice that it can bounce around a little bit, it's, not very resolved and because you've got those big 18 inch wheels with low profile tires. You will notice some road roar intrusion into the cabin as well, particularly on course, chip surfaces like you find in most of country, Australia, but if the surfaces are smooth, if you're around town or maybe on the freeway progress, won't be too much of an issue. It'Ll get along fine, the ride will be decent in those sorts of situations and it's a predictable car to drive, but safety is where the HRV really falls short compared to its rivals: there's, no high speed, auto emergency braking and the AEV that is fitted across the Range doesn't detect pedestrians or cyclists, there's no active lane, keeping assistance, no traditional blind spot monitoring, no rear cross traffic alert and no rear AEV.
Either there is a reversing camera and Honda's Lane watch camera. If you buy the top spec, you get forward collision warning lane. Departure warning and auto high beam lights, but that's not even as much tech as some rivals offer in their base models. You might also be wondering about ownership prospects for the HRV. It has a five year warranty and capped price servicing for up to 10 years or a hundred thousand K's read the review at the cars guide site to find out more the updated 2021 Honda. Hrv has certainly gone some of the way to addressing our concerns about the shortfalls that the previous model offered, namely the media screen, which is much better now than it ever was, but there's still some stuff that we'd like to see added. Essentially, the HRV is a very cleverly packaged small SUV but it's starting to feel quite dated and it's, let down by a lack of active safety technology that most of its rivals now have across their entire ranges. So you might be wondering what score I'm giving it.