November last year was the month when Honda HR-V was officially unveiled. To be honest, it surprised me very much, due to its innovative design and CR-V-inspired forms. Now, the Japanese company has announced that the model will be also one of the most efficient vehicles in its class and will offer dreamt-about characteristics.

The styling of the car is literally breath-taking. From the outside one can also judge that there is enough space inside. As a typical Honda the car features advanced infotainment and safety technologies.

But where does its perfect fuel efficiency range come from? The answer: two engines – the 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel and 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol, both coming directly from Honda's advanced Earth Dreams Technology series.

Furthermore, the first one is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and this also helps the HR-V deliver 4.0 l/100km and 104 g/km of CO2. However, there is no compromise on performance, since the diesel unit produces 120 hp (88 kW). Not to mention that the HR-V is capable of acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.1 seconds.

Those who are keener on gasoline engines have the option of 1.5 litre i-VTEC, which achieves a fuel economy of 5.2 l/100km and CO2 emissions from 120 g/km. This is only in the case of CVT automatic transmission.

If the unit is coupled with a standard six-speed manual, the fuel efficiency is 5.6 l/100km and CO2 emissions are rated at 130 g/km. The great performance of the car is proved because it is capable of reaching the 100 km/h in just 10.3 seconds with the manual and 10.9 seconds when equipped with the optional CVT.

2016 Honda HR-V will be available in European showrooms this summer.

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Source: Honda