2021 Honda HR-V Sport Hybrid i-DCD updated with LED lights, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Honda Malaysia has improved the HR-V Sport Hybrid for 2021 with equipment previously reserved for the non-hybrid V and RS models. The additions include LED lighting all round – headlights, taillights and foglights – chrome door handles, a leather wrap on the steering wheel and a 7.0-inch infotainment with two USB ports and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.
It's a lot of new kit considering prices have dropped substantially from the HR-V Hybrid's last official price tag, which hovered just over the RM120k mark with SST factored in. The enhanced 2021 model now goes for RM113,955 on-the-road sans insurance and SST, bringing it closer to the HR-V 1.8V in terms of price as well as specs. The HR-V RS continues to top the range, powertrain immaterial, with a price of RM118,582 till the end of the year.
Things remain unchanged under the hood, meaning you'll still get Honda's 'older' 1.5-litre direct-injection mill paired with an electric motor and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox instead of the newer e:HEV system powering the Honda City RS. This powertrain develops a combined output of 152PS and 190Nm, which is a fair bit more than the 142PS/172Nm total that its 1.8-litre counterparts have to make do with.
Given the improvements at a much more competitive price point, would you consider the new HR-V Hybrid knowing that Honda has already launched an all-new HR-V in other markets? Or would you disregard Honda altogether in favour of something else – Proton X50 perhaps?