Honda HR-V 1.8 E 2019 Philippines Review: A Stylishly Youthful Crossover

May 17, 2019
Editor's rating 4.0
User's rating 5.0
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Honda HR-V 2019 Philippines review: Introduction
  • 2. Honda HR-V 2019 Philippines: Exterior
  • 3. Honda HR-V 2019 Philippines: Interior
  • 4. Honda HR-V 1.8 E 2019 Philippines: Performance
  • 5. Honda HR-V 1.8 E 2019: Safety
  • 6. Honda HR-V 2019 Philippines: Price
  • 7. Honda HR-V 2019 Philippines: Specs
We check out the entry-level variant of the Honda HR-V 2019 and see if it’s worth considering for your budget.

1. Honda HR-V 2019 Philippines review: Introduction

The Honda HR-V is a subcompact crossover SUV that was first introduced in 1999. Starting from its second-generation models, the HR-V has been rising on the platform of the third-generation Honda Fit.

Officially standing for Hi-rider Revolutionary (or Roundabout) Vehicle, “roundabout” probably fits the bill more in relation to how the average HR-V is used here: As a stylishly youthful people carrier within the city because of its large cargo room, high-driver visibility, compact size, and fuel economy.

Now, the Honda HR-V 2019 for the Philippine market comes with only two variants, the E and the EL, with the latter priced a little higher than the E-spec version. So, does it mean that the E is lesser than its more expensive version? Well, not exactly. Let's find out the answer in our Honda HR-V 2019 Philippines Review by Philkotse.com.

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A Stylishly Youthful Honda Hr V 2019

2. Honda HR-V 2019 Philippines: Exterior

The 2019 Honda HR-V E exterior does not look vastly different from the EL version. One difference that can be observed however is how its grille looks. The E has a more horizontally aligned slatted specimen that is much more streamlined that the previous versions.

Down below, the pieces that house the fog lights are also different - though bulkier than previous versions. It’s also good to note that the 2019 HR-V E’s lights are now LEDs which is also what the EL has. This is also a notable change from those halogen headlights that the older HR-Vs had.

A picture of the front of the Honda HR-V E 2019 Philippines

On the outside, the HR-V E does not look that much different from the EL version

From the side, the new Honda HR-V exterior design, regardless of variant, looks sportier than ever and yet is refined and takes on a graceful profile. This is a far cry from the edgy, sometimes too youthful-looking styling that can be seen in some modern Japan-branded vehicles today. Looking at you, Civic Type R!

What was a point of contention however from many people who had driven or owned the 2019 Honda HR-V were those rear door handles that were hidden in the vehicle’s C pillar. I mean, some who weren’t used to it had to ask or grope and poke around the HR-V E’s door to get it to open. Quite a few people stared at it in confusion and then at the HR-V E owner questioningly.

A picture of the Honda HR-V 2019 rear

A dynamically shaped rear imbues the HR-V with both dynamism and youthfulness

3. Honda HR-V 2019 Philippines: Interior

Compared to the EL, the Honda HR-V interior has cloth-covered seats. While still being comfortable and functional for everyday use, these fabric seat covers are definitely more susceptible to stains and tears, and thus demand more care.

The steering wheel and shift knob surface also are different from the EL’s. Instead of leather, we get that familiar, black rubbery material that can get hot when left under sunlight.  Annoying but, hey, it still works. But speaking of something that still works, the materials used for all the interior door panels and the plastic used for the dash are well put together and can presumably take a beating from the kids.

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Space for the passengers is adequate, with enough room for five adults. Cargo room also is an excellent 393 liters and is more than enough for the stuff brought along during long family road trips.

As for other features inside, the 2019 Honda HR-V interior comes with a different touchscreen multimedia unit which sadly lacks the navigation capability the EL has. Nonetheless, E’s infotainment system can accommodate Bluetooth connections. Another downside, however, is that the vehicle doesn’t have USB ports like its previous version.

A picture of the dash and steering wheel of the Honda HR-V 2019

The lack of leather surfaces is not a dealbreaker

4. Honda HR-V 1.8 E 2019 Philippines: Performance

When it comes to its engine, the Honda HR-V has the same 139 horsepower SOHC four-cylinder inline 4 that the EL version has. It also has the same CVT transmission and is still front wheel drive. While that being said, the E’s handling is slightly better than the previous version and its fuel mileage, which comes to about 9 kilometers per liter is still pretty good.

As for ride quality, the Honda HR-V 2019's suspension can be called “just right.” It’s not too soft that it gives the vehicle body roll during cornering nor is it too hard that it’ll rattle your bones on less than quality roads. Overall, the engine, trans, and the suspension on the HR-V E and also the EL is great for both city and highway driving.

A closeup of the Honda HRV 2019  auto shifter

And here's a closer look at the HR-V E's automatic shifter

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5. Honda HR-V 1.8 E 2019: Safety

As for the 2019 Honda HR-V E’s safety, its miles better than previous versions as even the lower trim comes with a number of drivers assist technologies like anti-lock braking, electronic brake force distribution, a vehicle stability control system, crash sensors, rigid impact beams all around, and of course child safety locks.

What the EL has that the E doesn’t have however are the side airbags which are crucial in our opinion. Despite that, the HR-V is a very safe vehicle and in fact is has a high, 5-star rating from the US’s National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. It’s a perfect overall safety rating ladies and gentlemen!

2019 Honda HR-V Philippines safety

The new Honda HR-V is designed with safety in mind

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6. Honda HR-V 2019 Philippines: Price

Honda HR-V Price in the Philippines - 2019
Model
Price
Honda HR-V 1.8 E CVT 
₱ 1,295,000
Honda HR-V 1.8 RS Navi CVT
₱ 1,495,000

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The Honda HR-V 2019 comes with two different variants and the Honda HR-V cost is ranged from about P1,295,000 - P1,495,000. Cheaper than the RS Variant, nonetheless, the HR-V E can still perform very well for all your daily driving needs.

7. Honda HR-V 2019 Philippines: Specs

So, does this mean that getting the E version of the Honda HR-V 2019 is a bad choice? Definitely not. For some of you who still lust after what the EL has over the E however, one can always turn to aftermarket seat covers, steering wheel covers, aftermarket kits to fit in those LED fog lights.

For those wanting USB ports, there are always skillful automotive electricians out there who can install some. For the side airbags, however, that’s a different story. Check out the table below to get a deeper understanding of Honda HR-V 2019 Philippines specs.

2019 Honda HR-V Specs
Variant
2019 Honda HR-V E
Body Type
Crossover SUV
Transmission Type
Automatic
Dimensions
Length
4,294 mm
Width
1,772 mm
Height
1,605 mm
Wheelbase
2,610 mm
Number of Doors
5
Number of Seats
5
Engine & Performance
Engine Size
1.8 L
Displacement
1,798 cc
Number of Cylinders
4
Number of Valves
16
Transmission Category
CVT
Power Train
FWD
Max Output
139hp
Max Torque
172Nm
Fuel Type
Gasoline
CO2 Emission
N/A
Fuel Capacity
50 L
Features & Technology
Cruise Control
Yes
Leather Upholstery
Yes
Front Parking Sensors
No
Rear Parking Sensors
Yes
Push Start Button
Yes
Wheel Size
17 in
Wheels Metal Type
Alloy
Airconditioning System
Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
Entertainment System
Touch Screen, FM/AM Radio, CD Player
Navigation
No
Roof Rack
No
Sunroof
No
Keyless Entry
Yes
Electric Adjustable Seats
No
Power Windows
Yes
Power Steering
Yes
Power Outlet
No
Steering Wheel Audio Control
Yes
Safety & Security
Driver's Airbag
Yes
Front Passenger's Airbag
Yes
Side Airbag
No
Knee Airbag
Yes
Electronic Brake Distribution
Yes
ABS
Yes
Immobilizer
Yes
Stability Control
Yes
Blind-Spot Detection System
Yes
Lane Departure Warning System
Yes

Another front pic of the HRVE

Sleek and practical, the 2019 HR-V E is a dependable city roundabout ride

Source: Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel

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