Honda HR-V misses out to get 5-star ANCAP safety rating

Updated Dec 19, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It fell short in Child Occupant Protection and Safety Assist.

The Honda HR-V misses out on getting a perfect score from the ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) as it received a 4-star safety rating instead.

The Honda HR-V at ANCAP's testing grounds

Based on ANCAP’s safety report, the Honda HR-V fell short of five starts in two of the four key areas of assessment, namely Child Occupant Protection (77 percent) and Safety Assist (69 percent).

The crossover had a low head protection score for the 10-year-old child in the side impact test. Moreover, the lack of occupancy detection for rear seating positions and driver fatigue monitoring brought down the subcompact crossover’s Child Occupant Protection score.

Meanwhile, the HR-V got good scores for its lane-keeping and forward-travel autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in the Safety Assist category. However, ANCAP pointed out that AEB backover functionality is not available, making the vehicle lose crucial points needed for a 5-star rating.


The Honda HR-V scored four out of five stars

As for the other two categories, Adult Occupant Protection (82 percent) and Vulnerable Road User Protection (72 percent), the HR-V performed well. The crossover did receive a 0.82-point penalty due to its front structure, which presented a relatively low risk to occupants of an oncoming vehicle in the MPDB (frontal offset) test.

This ANCAP safety rating applies to the gasoline and hybrid versions made available in the Australian market. While the Australian-spec HR-V didn’t ace the safety tests, the crossover scored a 5-star safety rating at the ASEAN NCAP (New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asia).

Locally, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) sources its HR-V stocks in Thailand, where the unit tested at the ASEAN NCAP came from. The Australian-spec HR-V is imported from the model’s homeland, Japan.


The rating covers all variants of the HR-V in the Aussie car market

The PH-spec Honda HR-V is equipped with standard safety features including dual front SRS and side airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), and five 3-pt. ELR seatbelts with All Passenger Reminder, among others. It is also offering Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) features with the standard Honda Sensing.

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Know more about Honda HR-V 2024

Honda HR-V

The 2023 Honda HR-V is a subcompact crossover. In the Philippine market, it has two variants. The top-spec RS Turbo CVT is priced at Php 1,739,000. The mid-spec trim meanwhile, is the HR-V V Turbo CVT and it is priced at Php 1,649,000. The entry-level HR-V S CVT meanwhile is priced at Php 1,389,000.

For engines, the HR-V V Turbo and the RS Turbo uses a 1.5-liter engine capable of making 174 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. The HR-V S also uses a 1.5-liter mill, but it is naturally aspirated. In turn, its output is rated at 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. All three trims use a continuously variable transmission sending power to its front wheels. 

Size-wise, the HR-V V and RS are 4,385mm long, while the HR-V S is 4,330mm long. All three come with a width of 1,790mm, and a height of 1,590mm. Both also have a wheelbase length of 2,610mm. The top-spec V gets a ground clearance of 181mm, whereas the HR-V S has more at 196mm. 

Locally, the HR-V competes against the likes of the Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona, Subaru XV, Toyota Corolla Cross, Ford Territory, among others.  

₱ 1,389,000 - ₱ 1,739,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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