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83 MOTORING ROAD TESTS BY NICK FLETCHER


OUR MOTORING COLUMN, BY THE EXPERIENCED AND AWARD WINNING LOCAL MOTORING JOURNALIST NICK FLETCHER, HELPS OUR READERS CHOOSE THE BEST OF THE LATEST CARS.


HONDA HR-V


HONDA’S COUPE-STYLED COMPACT SUV COMBINES DYNAMIC LOOKS WITH CLASS-LEADING INTERIOR SPACE AND A HIGH LEVEL OF STANDARD FEATURES EVEN ON ENTRY LEVEL VERSIONS. This all-round package gives the HR-V a distinct edge in an SUV sector swamped with accomplished rivals, especially as Honda has over the years built up a formidable reputation for reliability and strong re-sale values. Prices start at £20,690 for an S-trim model with 1.5


litre petrol engine and manual gearbox and the level of standard kit is very good and includes alloy wheels, climate control, front and rear power windows, cruise control, dusk-sensing headlights, digital radio, Blue- tooth and USB/AUX sockets. My test model was the top-range EX version with the 1.5 litre 128 hp petrol engine but with CVT auto transmission and priced at £27,500. Additional equipment includes sat-nav, connectivity


features, front and rear parking sensors, roof rails, rear-view camera, panoramic glass sunroof, leather interior with heated front and rear seats. Safety features include hill-start assist, forward collision and lane departure warnings and traffic sign recognition with intelligent speed limiter. The cabin is well de-


ON THE ROAD, THE


HR-V IS SMOOTH AND PLEASING


signed for comfort and practicality and the dashboard is user-friendly with a touch-screen infotainment cen- tre, steering-wheel-mounted controls and a straight- line auto gearshift which is simple to use. The HR-V scores top marks for everyday versatility. It


will seat five adults though ideally four would be more comfortable, and the boot has a large 470 litre capacity boosted to a impressively substantial 1,533 litres. And Honda’s ‘Magic Seat System’ means the rear seats slide and drop in an instant to form a flat load floor. The exterior of the car has a more sporty stance than most in the sector, in part due to its sleek coupe-styl- ing, with rear door handles disguised by incorporating them into the edge of the side windows. On the road, the HR-V is smooth and pleasing, The gear shift is slick, the steering feedback precise and


reassuring and ride quality is excellent even on rougher surfaces. The 0-60 mph time of 10.7 seconds is typical of the class standard and top speed is 116 mph. Aver- age fuel economy is 52.3 mpg with emissions of 125 g/ km.


Honda says the HR-V has ‘an unmatched combina- tion of attributes’ and while I wouldn’t argue with that, I might put it more simply: its a great all-rounder.


Kingsbridge Auto Repair and Rescue


Unit 10 Halwell Business Park


Totnes, Devon, TQ97LQ Established for over 10 years


• 24hr Breakdown and Recovery


• Brand new purpose built premises • Class 4 & 7 MOT’s


• Servicing and repairs to all makes and models


• Clutches / Brakes / Tyres • Exhausts and batteries


• Up to date diagnostic equipment • Collection/delivery & courtesy cars available on request


Call us on 01803 712300


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