Since its return a few years back, the Honda HR-V has always been a sensible, if not, no frills choice for folks looking for a subcompact crossover. Honda, being the motorsport-driven company that it is, just couldn’t resist putting a bit of spice into this little number. Hence the new Honda HR-V Sport.
To match its sporty name the upgrades consist of black accents in places like the grille, side mirror caps, rear garnish, exhaust pipes, and alloy rims. More black can be found in the cabin, particularly the headliner and seats (with red to boot).
Beyond the looks, however, Honda has shoehorned the Civic RS’s 1.5-litr turbo four that puts out 180hp. It sends power to the front wheels via standard 6-speed manual or optional CVT gearbox.
Backing up this power boost are bits like Agile Handling Assist for the steering and Performance Dampers for the suspension. Both pieces of kit allow the crossover to be driven a bit harder yet still return a comfortable ride when things slow down.
For now, the new Honda HR-V will only be available in Europe, with deliveries beginning in the second quarter of 2019. Of course, we’re hoping that it would find its eay to our market as well.