Honda updates the HR-V crossover with new tech

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The 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol has received an upgrade, which retains its 128bhp power output but sees official fuel economy rise to an impressive 53.2mpg when paired with the CVT gearbox. A six-speed manual is also available.

Of more interest to keen drivers will be the addition of the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit, which is coming in the spring of 2019. Honda hasn’t revealed power or performance figures for this car, but it’s likely to be a similar unit to the one fitted in the Civic, where it produces 180bhp.

Production of the diesel engine has also paused until the same point in 2019.

Honda has given the HR-V a mild facelift too, with a chunkier chrome bar across the front incorporating what the brand calls its ‘Solid Wing Face’. The headlights are now projector units as standard and incorporate LED daytime running lights on all models.

Round the back, the tailgate sees a similar chrome strip plus darkened taillight lenses for a more modern, sleek look. There are also new alloy wheel designs.

Inside, the HR-V’s practical interior remains. So-called ‘Magic Seats’ are a big selling point, accomplished by moving the fuel tank underneath the front seats and freeing up space for an enormous rear load area, but Honda has also upgraded the fabric upholstery to a higher-quality material. Full leather is now standard equipment on top-spec models.

The other big upgrade is an improvement to refinement. Honda has added extra soundproofing around the bulkheads, the boot and all four door panels, which should help insulate from outside noise. If that wasn’t enough, top-end models will now be available with active noise cancellation, which records low-frequency noise in the interior and plays ‘opposite’ frequencies through the stereo to cancel them out.

Deliveries of the latest HR-V will begin in October. Expect prices to be similar to the outgoing model, with a premium for the new turbocharged engine.