Honda HR-V and Geely Coolray literally go head-to-head

Updated Jul 12, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

A crash test shows how much automotive safety has progressed.

While the local auto scene has grown with new players stepping in, popular opinion still tends to favor established brands. Many car owners still swear by Japanese marques, for instance, when asked about the prospect of considering models from Chinese automakers. 

The Honda HR-V and Geely Coolray in head-on collision

This Japan-versus-China debate is very much alive in the subcompact crossover class. Geely has been a prominent contender in this category for some time now with the Coolray, challenging the foothold of more established offerings such as the HR-V from Honda.

Ever wonder how will these two fare in an actual showdown? The Chinese New Car Assessment Program (C-NCAP) decided to find out - with a crash test, of course. Both models already have five-star ratings under their belts, as evaluated by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (ASEAN NCAP).     

HR-V vs Coolray crash 1

Notice some buckling on the HR-V's A-pillar and front door

However, the HR-V in question is the outgoing model released in 2013, and tested under ASEAN NCAP’s old scoring system. On the other hand, the Coolray made its debut in 2018, and its perfect score garnered just last year (by way of its Proton X50 badge-engineered version in Malaysia) was attained using the new rating scale.

The duel called for the two crossovers to smash into each other, simulating a head-on collision at a combined speed of 120 km/h. Both units were total wrecks at the end of the demonstration, with their engine bays completely shot while deploying the airbags for the front occupants. Nevertheless, each vehicle amply demonstrated how and why they earned their respective safety assessments.  

HR-V vs Coolray crash 2

In contrast, the Coolray sustained no visible deformation in the same areas

Interestingly, the HR-V’s door frame near the A-pillar had some noticeable buckling, along with the sheet metal on the driver’s side door visibly crumpling at the moment of impact. In contrast, the Coolray’s passenger cell had little to no obvious deformation on the A-pillar, and the front left door was largely untouched. There was some intrusion of the floor panel, less evident on the Coolray than it was on the HR-V.

As the two models were released just half a decade apart, it’s an impressive showing of how much automotive safety technology has evolved in that span of time. The test also proves it’s how the product delivers, regardless of what badge it bears and which country it comes from. 

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Honda HR-V

The Honda Cars Philippines Inc. introduced its new-generation subcompact crossover Honda HR-V for the local market. The crossover is configured to suit the comfort of a sedan, confidence, and toughness of an SUV. Its name stands for High Rider Vehicle. It served as an all-around coupe for individuals looking for a vehicle with high ground clearance, excellent road visibility, and complete safety features. It is also equipped with massive cargo space, wide tailgate, and similar Utility Long and Tall (ULT) seats established on the Honda Jazz that enables it to configure the cargo when loading or unloading highly. The new Honda HR-V is developed based on the concept of the brand's "Dynamic Cross Solid," making it acquire SUV-like lower body and strong cues of coupe-like 'aero-cabin' on the outside. At the front, the Honda HR-V comes with a solid wing face design with unified lights and grille, LED dual projector headlights, and LED daytime running lights (DRL). Standard sporty 17-inch alloy wheels are found across the range as well. In addition, the car's 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine that can be found under its hood produces a maximum 141 hp power output and torque power of 172 Nm.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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