When we bought the Toyota it was the first time we had bought a Japanese car and it certainly won't be the last as we have found it to be very sturdy and reliable. It is all too easy to become brand loyal and think that Toyota has served us well once so we should buy from them again but actually I'm learning that nowadays you get nothing for brand loyalty, no special discounts or such.
My parents have been brand loyal for about fifteen years in regards to cars and they've also chosen to align to a Japanese brand, but for them it is Honda. Years back a neighbour of theirs was a salesman for Honda and persuaded them how good and reliable the Honda engineering is. I was therefore interested to note when I looked at the LV= Most Anticipated Cars of 2015 post that the new Honda HR-V has been crowned by them as the best family friendly car and that is exactly what we need a new family friendly car!
|Very smart, it certainly has the wow factor in how it looks|
The Honda HR-V has also received the prestigious What Car? Reader Award and is due to arrive on our high streets this summer. I am interested to see what the hype is about so I started to investigate this car and here is what I found -
- There will be 1.5 i-VTEC petrol and 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel models available in the UK, both available with a 6 speed manual gearbox and the petrol one is available with semi-automatic CVT transmission.
- Honda claim it has “class-leading interior space with MPV versatility” with the innovative reconfigurable magic seats system.
- With all five seats in place, the car will provide a 453-litre boot; fold them flat, and this rises to 1,026 litres. Now that is really impressive.
- All models come as standard with power windows, mirrors, and door locks; an electronic parking brake (boo); a rear view camera; Bluetooth; aluminium wheels; and Pandora radio. There are of course loads of extra available for the higher end models.
- The HR-V has a full complement of airbags and the four-channel ABS system features a hill-hold function, as well as Honda’s Brake Assist tech, which works to apply full braking force quickly in emergency-stop situations.
- The Android infotainment system gives passengers access to Internet-based services such as social media, internet based music channels and real-time traffic reports as well as Garmin navigation.
I'll give myself a few months and then seriously start to look and see what car might suit us. Do let me know if you have any good recommendations of roomy, reliable but not too expensive seven seaters. I'm not asking for much, am I?
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