2016 Honda HR-V 1.8Mugen Review – Jack of All Trades, Master of None



The 2016 Honda HR-V 1.8Mugen is Honda’s entry into the crossover category offering the standard HR-V with dazzling looks and a fairly car-like experience. Being a crossover, the HR-V is more than just car-like it offers the handling of a car, the ruggedness of an SUV, and the versatility of a small minivan or MPV minus the third row. With the Mugen trim, Honda went all the way with the exterior design pushing the already sporty looks of the standard HR-V up a few notches.

2016 Honda HR-V 1.8Mugen Review - Jack of All Trades, Master of None

The 2016 Honda HR-V 1.8Mugen is Versatile as it is Economical

On the outside, Honda went all the way with the 2016 Honda HR-V 1.8Mugen trim; offering a new front fascia, a set of sporty-looking Mugen wheels that has this very intricate design that’s sure to make heads turn. On the side the higher ride height is negated by the addition of skirts, splitters, and underspoilers. At the rear Mugen throws in a sporty rear spoiler with contrasting color trim same as the front end. Under the hood however, there are no Mugen Power go-fast-bits added as the Mugen trim is just purely cosmetic. The HR-V Mugen still has the same 1.8 Liter SOHC iVTEC engine that puts out the same 139hp at 6500rpm and 174Nm of torque at 4,300rpm with the same FWD layout.

Like the unchanged engine, the interior of 2016 HR-V 1.8Mugen remains mostly the same apart from Mugen trim detailing such as a few badges and aftermarket-looking trinkets like the glowing side step among a few. Overall this is the very same HR-V interior of the top trim spec HR-V.You still get the same comfortable seats with decent bolstering and ample side support, the rear magic seats that are so versatile and adapt to every loading situation.

Driving the 2016 Honda HR-V 1.8Mugen is okay, provided you keep in mind this is not a coupe no matter how coupe-like the cockpit and how sporty the exterior may be. The 1.8 Liter four cylinder has just enough power to get the HR-V moving on everyday workloads. Push it for an enthusiastic drive however, and it will disappoint you. Keep your demands fairly modest and the HR-V will provide with no hiccups. As the saying goes, “Jack of all trades, master of none” that’s what the Honda HR-V Mugen is, it performs the tasks as a crossover, offers the look and feel of a coupe, the ruggedness of an SUV, and the versatility of an MPV or minivan but not all can be had perfectly. Even so, the HR-V does its job fairly well.


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2016 Honda HR-V 1.8Mugen Review – Jack of All Trades, Master of None
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