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August 24, 2018

Refreshed 2018 Honda HR-V Arrives in the Philippines (w/ 15 Photos, Specs)

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. introduces the refreshed 2018 HR-V which goes on sale August 24. Building upon the nameplate’s flexible utility and convenience elements, the updated HR-V features a modern, sporty style and advanced technology features including the availability of a RS variant for the first time.

For 2018, the New HR-V now introduces new exterior styling cues. At the front, it gets a newly designed bumper, grille, and full LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights across all variants. At the back, a new tailgate garnish and LED guide-type taillights give it a more sophisticated vibe. Further complementing this updated design are new 17-inch alloy wheel designs.

Inside, it benefits from new, comfier seats as well as a new Kenwood 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which incorporates both Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Additional sound insulation also improve the HR-V’s overall quietness both at low and highway speeds. Like before, the HR-V continues to have the segment-exclusive ULT (Utility, Long, Tall) seats which allow a highly flexible seating configuration.

Powering the HR-V remains Honda’s established 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine producing a maximum of 142 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 172 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. Mated to an Earth Dreams Technology CVT transmission, it should provide for positive performance and acceleration with improved fuel economy. Furthermore, Honda’s Eco Assist System, which consists of the ECON mode and Eco-Coaching Ambient Light, helps encourage fuel-efficient driving.

For this update, a new RS variant will be made available on the HR-V for the first time. Outside, the 2018 HR-V RS comes with an RS design front grille, unique fog lamp garnish, and high-gloss Piano Black accents on the lower garnish, side sill garnish, and door mirrors. It also gets unique 17-inch alloy wheels, smoked LED taillights, and the availability of an exclusive color: Phoenix Orange. Inside, the HR-V RS gets a built-in offline navigation system and leather seats.

Ensuring the the highest level of safety and customer confidence with the 2018 HR-V, all variants are equipped with advanced and class leading safety features namely: Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Brake Hold, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Driver and Front Passenger SRS Airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Meanwhile, the 1.8 RS Navi CVT variant gets additional Side Airbags for added protection for the passengers.

The 2018 HR-V is now available at 38 Honda Cars dealerships nationwide in five colors: Phoenix Orange (new color; exclusive for 1.8 RS Navi CVT); Passion Red Pearl (new color); Taffeta White Modern Steel Metallic; Lunar Silver Metallic (exclusive for 1.8 E CVT).

The suggested retail prices are: P 1,295,000 for the 1.8 E CVT and P 1,495,000 for the 1.8 RS Navi CVT.

2018 Honda HR-V Specifications
  • Overall Length: 4,294 mm
  • Overall Width: 1,772 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,605 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,610 mm
  • Ground Clearance: 185 mm
  • Turning Radius: 5.3 m
  • Curb Weight: 1,249 (1,263 for RS)
  • Cargo Capacity: 431 liters (rear seats up) / 1,665 (rear seats down)
  • Engine: 1.8-liter SOHC i-VTEC 16V inline-4
  • Maximum Power: 142 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 172 Nm @ 4,300 rpm
  • Drive: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: Earth Dreams CVT with Paddle Shifter, Eco Button, Eco-Coaching Light, Cruise Control
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 50 liters
  • Front Suspension: MacPherson Strut
  • Rear Suspension: Torsion Beam Axle
  • Front Brakes: Ventilated Disc
  • Rear Brakes: Solid Disc
  • Parking Brake: Electronic Parking Brake
  • Steering Type: Electric Power Steering
  • Steering Wheel Material: Urethane (Sport Leather with Piano Black for RS)
  • Adjustment: Tilt/Telescopic
  • Headlights: Full LED, with DRL, Auto On/Off
  • Fog Lights: Halogen (LED for RS)
  • Side Turn Signal: Door Mirror Integtated
  • Tail Lamp: LED Guide Type
  • Tailgate Spoiler with LED high-mount stoplight
  • Front Grille: Dark Chrome (RS Design with Honeycomb Pattern for RS)
  • Exterior Lower Garnish: Black (High-Gloss Black for RS)
  • Wheel Size: 215/55 R 17
  • Side Mirrors: Power Adjust with Fold
  • Door Handles: Body Color (Dark Chrome for RS)
  • Wipers: Intermittent (Variable Intermittent for RS)
  • Keyless Entry: Smart Entry with Push-Start System
  • Audio: 7-inch Kenwood with USB x 2, WiFi, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Audio Streaming, and 6 speakers (Additional: GPS Navigation for RS)
  • Speaker Grille Ring: Interior Color (Chrome for RS)
  • Seats: Fabric (Leather for RS)
  • Seatback Pockets: Front Passenger (Driver & Front Passenger for RS)
  • Shift Knob: Urethane (Leather with Piano Black Accent for RS)
  • Sunvisors: Vanity Mirror and Illumination, Driver Only (Vanity Mirror and Illumination, Driver and Passenger for RS)
  • Airbags: 2 (4 for RS)
  • Auto Brake Hold: Yes
  • Vehicle Stability Assist: Yes
  • ABS + EBD: Yes
  • Reverse Camera: Multi-View (with Reverse Sensors for RS)


  1. Another "RS". Buyers can't go full-feature without being coerced into the sporty nonesenseness.

    Won't be surprised if they start RS-ing motorcycles too.

    1. Honda’s CEO must be like “Put an RS badge and make it expensive as hell.”

  2. Hi Uly,

    I read that in the 2019 Australian version, the transmission's software was updated making acceleration relatively better compared to las years model. How about the PH version?



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