Every model of car that Honda has made they have never had a dud one.
The latest one on the road is the new HR-V Sport, which combines both fun and efficiency, is both comfortable and economic, and is a pleasure to drive on a daily basis.
And when Honda wanted to show just how good their Sport was they took it to a bumpy, hilly road on the continent and it performed like a dream.
While you have the impression that you’re in a gentle saloon this HR-V can give you a hot hatch outing with a top speed of 133mph and 0-62mph in just under eight seconds. Match that.
The car has great sports seats with a tremendous driving position and like most Hondas the HR-V has those Magic seats, which can be thrown around to fit bicycles, tables or even surfboards.
The HR-V Sport model has an exclusive black honeycomb finish is also applied to the front grille garnish, which carries over into the fog light surrounds.
There is a choice of 130 PS or 182 PS 1.5 petrol engines and 120 PS diesel engines with the faster petrol accelerating from 0-62 mph in 7.8 seconds and which will go on to a top speed of 133 mph.
When equipped with the optional CVT gearbox, acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 8.6 seconds, and the top speed is 124 mph.
The Sport has CO2 emissions from 151g/km and the combined cycle fuel economy is from more than 40mpg.
The 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel has technology which reduces friction, improve emissions and increases fuel economy.
The new diesel HR-V accelerates to 62 mph in just ten seconds, placing it among the most dynamic vehicles in its class but even with fuel economy from almost 60mpg customers will still go for the petrol version as the Government has frightened customers away from diesels.
Both the petrol and diesel engines are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard.
The HR-V Sport has black door mirror caps, dual exhaust pipes and 18-inch alloy wheels in a unique design.
Sport grade cars are equipped with full LED headlight and tail light clusters, enhanced at the rear with a dark smoky effect and black inner bars, as well as a black chrome garnish across the tailgate.
For the technically minded the HR-V’s motion adaptive electric power-assisted steering system helps to minimise understeer, working in parallel with the low roll centre at the front suspension and the higher roll centre at the rear. The result makes the HR-V one of the most confidence-inspiring cars in the crossover segment, especially when driven enthusiastically.
Electronic aids boost braking power and enhance vehicle stability include and include Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stablity Assist and Hill Start Assist.
Honda say they developed the HR-V Sport model to cater for owners who want a more dynamic driving experience from their subcompact SUV. And they have done exactly that. It is a winner.
The Honda HR-V’s interior layout is tailored to the dynamic and demanding preferences of the modern and discerning consumer.
It is roomy and incredibly versatile bringing the virtues of an MPV into the crossover segment while providing a driving position which engenders a sense of agility and dynamism.
The expansive, airy cabin is fitted with high quality, soft-touch surfaces, subtly accented with brushed chrome highlights and sophisticated stitching lines to provide a premium ambience. The dashboard design combines a solid feel with premium detailing, including a piano-black feature panel that emphasises the sense of quality, class and refinement.
There is a panoramic glass sunroof and other functions include: Electric Park Brake, Touch Panel Climate Control and One-Touch Indicators.
The Honda Connect system features extensive options for synchronising with smartphones and other personal multimedia devices: WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI,
There is an Intelligent Speed Limiter which when activated, the maximum speed of the vehicle is automatically determined by the prevailing legal speed limit detected by the Traffic Sign Recognition system. When the vehicle passes a sign indicating a lower speed limit, the vehicle will gently and automatically slow, through a reduction in power, to a maximum speed that does not exceed the speed limit. An alert sounds and the displayed speed limit blinks if the vehicle speed exceeds the limit by two mph or more.
For those of you who hate these systems this can be turned off by the driver, at any time.
Honda tend to be more expensive than its competitors but they are certainly more classier. Expect to pay around £28,000 for the top model.