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.
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.
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 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.
2019 Honda HR-V - Review & Road Test
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.
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.
And here's a closer look at the HR-V E's automatic shifter
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!
The new Honda HR-V is designed with safety in mind
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
2019 Honda HR-V E
Number of Doors
Number of Seats
Engine & Performance
Number of Cylinders
Number of Valves
Features & Technology
Front Parking Sensors
Rear Parking Sensors
Push Start Button
Wheels Metal Type
Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
Touch Screen, FM/AM Radio, CD Player
Electric Adjustable Seats
Steering Wheel Audio Control
Safety & Security
Front Passenger's Airbag
Electronic Brake Distribution
Blind-Spot Detection System
Lane Departure Warning System
Sleek and practical, the 2019 HR-V E is a dependable city roundabout ride
Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.