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

Updated Sep 15, 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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Know more about Honda HR-V 2022

Honda HR-V

The 2022 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 1,598,000. The entry-level HR-V S CVT meanwhile is priced at Php 1,250,000.

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.  

₱ 1,250,000 - ₱ 1,739,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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