2021 Honda HR-V vs. 2020 Honda HR-V for Europe – Old vs. New

If you’re searching for a pictorial and technical comparison of the old and new HR-V models, here’s the answer. In this piece, we explain the main differences between the two generations of the compact SUV. Note that the Japanese model (2021) is matched with the Euro-spec HR-V. The images in the story are sourced from Honda’s media sites and for an accurate comparison, angles of the RHD spec are used.

2021 Honda HR-V vs. 2020 Honda HR-V front three quarters (Europe)
The 2021 Honda HR-V’s squat stance and coupe-SUV aesthetic gives it added appeal over the model it replaces. Image Source: Honda

The 2021 Honda HR-V is entirely different in design and character from the 2020 Honda HR-V. It looks sportier than the old model, and at the same time, tougher and SUV-like. The low and wide stance of the 2022 Honda HR-V, as well as its more aggressive design elements like sleek lights and the steeply raked C-pillars, come to the fore in the comparison. Moreover, we get to see the all-new subcompact SUV in a dual-tone color scheme.

2021 Honda HR-V vs. 2020 Honda HR-V profile side (European spec)
“We wanted to create a HR-V with a side silhouette that is inarguably beautiful. While protecting the design, the vehicle also maintains and expansive feeling that enables people to feel connected to nature,” says project leader Kojiro Okabe. Image Source: Honda

The interior of the 2021 Honda HR-V also has major refinements. The all-new model has a slimmer dashboard with a more elegantly designed touchscreen infotainment system and AC vents, a similar low-profile center console, a new steering wheel, and a new instrument cluster.

The uncluttered and simple-to-use layout should improve convenience for both the driver and the passengers. Hands-free power tailgate, panoramic roof, touch-operated LED cabin lights, navigation with automatic map updates, digital key for unlocking the vehicle via smartphone, etc. are some of the main new features of the all-new Honda HR-V.

2021 Honda HR-V vs. 2020 Honda HR-V rear three quarters (EU spec)
Despite similar dimensions and the coupe-SUV aesthetic, Honda says the new HR-V offers offers greater leg room and shoulder room for rear seat passengers. The incoming car retains the ‘Magic Seats’ that offer ‘flip-up’ or ‘fold-flat’ seat flexibility.

On the safety front, the 2021 Honda HR-V has improved Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) that includes a traffic jam tracking function. Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) also function better than in the old model.

We wanted to enhance the design to the point where people feel this car is giving them more freedom and they want to change their routine and take a different route to their destination.

Daisuke Akojima, the exterior designer of the new HR-V
2021 Honda HR-V vs. 2020 Honda HR-V interior dashboard (Europe)
Featuring a low-profile dashboard, less clunky steering wheel, floating central display, and more compact center console, the 2021 Honda HR-V interior is pleasing with minimalist vibes. Image Source: Honda

The 2021 Honda HR-V would come to Europe with the e:HEV hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine with two electric motors. The driver can select between three models, namely Normal, Sport, and Econ. Output and efficiency figures will be released closer to the launch.

Honda has said that it plans to release the new HR-V in Europe in late 2021. The all-new mini SUV would compete with the Renault Captur hybrid, Hyundai Kona Hybrid and Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid in the Old Continent.

2021 Honda HR-V vs. 2020 Honda HR-V rear (European model)
The two registration plate lamps, tailgate handle and reverse camera are integrated into a single unit to contribute to the clean overall styling of the new HR-V. Images: Honda

2021 Honda HR-V FAQs

What is the 2021 Honda HR-V release date?

The new Honda HR-V will go on sale in Europe in late 2021, Honda has confirmed.

Which SUVs will be the 2021 Honda HR-V competitors?

The HR-V will compete with the Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid, the Toyota C-HR Hybrid, and the Renault Captur Hybrid.

What is the expected 2021 Honda HR-V price?

The all-new Honda HR-V will cost around €23,000 in the base configuration in Germany.

Featured image: Honda