The contrast of midsize SUVs, hybrids and Japanese: new Honda HR-V 2022 vs Toyota C-HR
The new Honda HR-V e: HEV is a compact 5-door 5-seater hybrid SUV. The fourth generation of this model was presented in early 2021 and, since then, the brand has progressively revealed the data on it. Today, it finds its biggest rival in another midsize SUV of Japanese origin, the Toyota C-HR, renewed in 2020, although it is near the end of its life cycle. RCC Auto Transport compare both vehicles to determine which one could best suit your needs as a consumer.
The HR-V 2022 measures 4.34 meters in length, 1.79 in width and 1.58 in height, making it 5 cm shorter, 1 cm narrower, and 2 cm taller than the C-HR 2020. The wheelbase is also similar: 2.66 meters in the Honda and 2.64 in the Toyota. Both cars have a design of the rear area of the body that is reminiscent of a passenger coupe. This shape of the roof at the rear does not optimize the headroom for the rear occupants. However, Honda said that the new HR-V stands out for a very spacious cabin about its exterior dimensions, something that the Toyota C-HR cannot boast. We’ll check it out early next year, at which point we test it. The minimum luggage compartment capacity is slightly higher in the older model: 377 litres for the 335 of the newly introduced product. They weigh practically the same: about 1.5 tons.
Just as the HR-V only has one version (1.5 i-MMD), the C-HR can be configured with two different power levels (125H and 180H). In any of the three cases, they are conventional hybrid propulsion systems, that is, self-recharging or non-plug-in (they carry the DGT ECO label), associated with front-wheel drive and automatic transmission. The only one offered for the Honda is composed of a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated gasoline engine with 107 HP of power and two electric motors located on the front axle, next to the first. Together, they develop a maximum of 131 hp and 253 Nm. These allow you to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 10.6 seconds and reach 170 km / h of top speed with a combined consumption of5.4 l / 100 km according to the WLTP cycle.
The access version of the Toyota has a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated gasoline engine and 98 hp of power associated with an additional electric drive. Between the two, they deliver a total of 122 hp and 142 Nm. It performs the 0 to 100 km / h in 11.0 seconds and achieves 170 km / h of maximum speed. The combined WLTP consumption is 4.9 l / 100 km. The more performance version of the same car differs from the basic one in that the combustion engine has 2.0 litres and 152 hp, while the electric is also a little more powerful. Together, they deliver 184 hp and 190 Nm. You can sprint to 100 km / h from a standstill in 8.2 seconds and reach 180 km / h with an average fuel consumption of5.2 l / 100 km (WLTP).
In addition to appearance, HR-V and C-HR differ in equipment, the former being somewhat more advanced since it is a more modern model. The Honda is marketed in three finishes, called Elegance, Advance and Advance Style. Each has closed equipment that leaves room for few customization options. The same thing happens in the Toyota, whose finishes are Active, Advance, Advance Plus, Advance Luxury and GR Sport. The HR-V is priced at 31,140 euros. That of the C-HR starts from 28,600 euros. The degree of active safety and connectivity is high and is on par with this market segment in both cars.