SUVs are definitely here to stay and the biggest challenge for automakers, amidst the flood of models, is to launch something truly new and not just a pretty face in the crowd. To achieve this, each manufacturer focuses on what they know how to do best. The most recent launch comes from Honda with the ZR-V, a medium SUV imported from Mexico that uses the same platform as the Civic, but does not have a turbo, hybrid or flex-fuel engine. However, the brand focuses on comfort and interior space “à la Civic”.
A Honda is offering its new car for R$ 214,500 in solid paint, but for an approximate price there is the option of taking the HR-V – already as a 2024 model too – in the special Topaz white pearlescent color which costs an additional R$ 2,300, or R $198,100.
As is usual, there are no options and to match the value of the ZR-V – difference of R$ 16,400, the customer can count on the extensive line of original accessories and personalize their HR-V. Just the trim set at Auto Japan, for example, costs R$1,090.
Now, if you’re the type who loves something new and wants to share this achievement with your family, the ZR-V focuses on internal space, even though the 389-liter trunk leaves something to be desired for its size. After all, it is 4.56 m long! However, its 2.65 m wheelbase, 1.84 m width and 1.61 m height provide better use of space in the cabin.
Despite this, the ZR-V is lacking in terms of engine, as it does not offer, even as an option, a turbocharged or flexible engine. In this case, the unit is the “outdated” 2.0 naturally aspirated gasoline engine without direct injection, originating from the Civic. In the SUV, it produces 161 hp at 6,500 rpm and 19.1 kgfm at 4,200 rpm. The transmission is of the CVT type.
In the case of the HR-V, the powertrain is the 1.5-liter Vtec turbo flex with direct fuel injection that guarantees 177 hp at 6,000 rpm and 24.5 kgfm at 1,700 rpm. Comparing these data, it is clear that the HR-V is focused on sportiness and the ZR-V is focused on comfort, with emphasis on the Multi-link rear suspension, another heritage from the Civic. In the case of the first, the rear axle consists of a torsion bar.
As for consumption, according to Honda, the HR-V achieves 7.9 km/l in the city and 8.8 km/l on the highway with ethanol and 11.3 km/l in the city and 12.6 km/l on the highway with gasoline. As for the ZR-V, according to the Japanese manufacturer, the numbers are: 10.2 km/l in the city and 12.1 km/l on the highway, remembering that the model is only powered by gasoline.
IPVA is another key point that can help you decide which model to buy. In the case of the new ZR-V, we took the average and the value is 9% more compared to the HR-V, remembering that prices vary for each state. The ZR-V’s insurance value is on average 9.5% more expensive, but once again we emphasize that the calculated index is just a reference, just for you to have a basis, as everything will depend on the profile of the drivers who will drive each one of the vehicles.
But what does each SUV have to offer?
Whichever model you choose, you will be supported by good Honda reliability, well-rated after-sales services and all resolved with good scores on sites such as “Reclame Aqui”, in addition to reviews with fixed prices.
Furthermore, the package of safety items is well-stocked and both come with an ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) progressive deformation structure, security alarm with ECU immobilizer, brakes with ABS and EBD (Anti-Lock Braking System / Electronic Brake Distribution) systems. ), EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) – emergency braking assistant, electronic parking brake EPB (Electric Parking Brake) with Brake Hold function and much more… However, in the ZR-V there are eight airbags (two front, two side, two knee (driver and passenger) and two curtain) while in the HR-V there are six (two front airbags, two side airbags and two curtain airbags).
Both feature Honda Sensing, a driver assistance system that uses two types of sensors and controls, for example, the cruise system (aka autopilot), maintaining a safe distance from the car in front of you. In addition, it controls the collision mitigation braking system (CMBS), lane keeping system (LKAS), lane avoidance mitigation system (RDM) and automatic headlight adjustment (AHB).
The comfort-oriented list includes front and rear parking sensors with audible warning, an instrument panel with a 7-inch screen, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, an induction cell phone charger and Dual Zone automatic digital air conditioning, which, interestingly enough, is found in the ZR. -V which is more expensive does not come with ventilation for rear occupants.
But, on the other hand, the most expensive SUV features: a sunroof; acoustic windshield, capable of filtering external noise, increasing acoustic comfort inside the vehicle; sound system with eight speakers (in the HR-V there are only four); programmable automatic headlight shutdown (in the HR-V, it turns off after 15 seconds) and a 9-inch multimedia screen with an interface for smartphones with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ (in the HR-V the system is 8 inches).
Think carefully which one best fits your needs and tastes and have a good buy.
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Honda ZR-V offered in a single version for almost the same price as the HR-V Touring, the most equipped in the line, with a 1.5 turbo engine