Honda's sporty B-segment crossover has landed in the country. After making its regional debut in the Land of Smiles two months ago, the 2018 HR-V is now in the Philippines. Set to take on the likes of the Chevrolet Trax, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke and Suzuki Vitara, the HR-V features a restyled exterior design that is paired to a sporty and ergonomic interior complete with in-car amenities and safety kit.
As from before, the HR-V features a coupe-like exterior thanks to a long hood and sloping roof design. For 2018 however, Honda decided to give the HR-V a little bit more flair thanks to a bolder Solid Wing Face design and a refreshed front bumper. Other changes introduced in the HR-V include redesigned LED headlights and new LED foglights. As for the RS, it adds more gloss black trimmings, pronounced garnishes, and larger alloys wrapped in low-profile tires.
Available colors for the HR-V include: Lunar Silver Metallic (E variant only), Modern Steel Metallic, Passion Red Pearl, Tafetta White and Phoenix Orange, which can only be specified for the new top-spec RS.
Inside, it is largely carried over from the pre-facelift version. Subtle hints of gloss black plastic spruces up the cabin, but most changes are found in the technology front. There's also an overhauled touchscreen infotainment system on the 2018 HR-V. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard in both E and RS models and there's also the ability to fully control Spotify. The RS further benefits from a navigation system, courtesy of Garmin. Fabric seats are fitted on the E variant while leather seats and door trim comes standard on the RS.
Over to safety, the 2018 HR-V comes with the following: anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA), hill-start assist (HSA), vehicle stability assist (VSA), emergency stop signal (ESS), auto-brake hold (ABH) and a host of airbags. All variants of the 2018 HR-V benefit from a reverse camera, parking sensors, keyless entry and start, immobilizer and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Powering the 2018 HR-V is the carried-over 1.8-liter R18Z9 SOHC inline-four with i-VTEC. It puts out 141 PS, along with 174 Nm of torque. The lone transmission option for the refreshed HR-V is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with seven-speed manual mode and paddle shifters.
The updated Honda HR-V is available in two variants and are priced accordingly:
2018 HR-V 1.8 E CVT – Php 1,295,000
2018 HR-V 1.8 RS CVT – Php 1,495,000