Honda HR-V’s spark is getting dimmer in Pakistan with each passing day. For starters, the SUV has a fairly limited amount of features, while the performance leaves a lot to be desired.
To top it off, the SUV costs around Rs. 6 million — a price bracket that includes several more enticing options. Plus, Honda Atlas Cars Limited (HACL) has pushed the delivery time of HR-V to July 2023, which has dulled the excitement further.
One of HR-V’s prime competitors is Haval Jolion — a compact crossover SUV that is, on paper, a promising product. This article will compare the two SUVs to see which one has better value.
Let us have a look:
Honda HR-V has a subdued look. The front fascia is tall, has a unique front grille, a straightened-out bonnet, and sharp headlights. The daytime running lights (DRLs) are also sleek and stylish and add to the car’s clean look.
The side is also smooth and simple. In Pakistan, HR-V gets 17″ alloy rims that are also simple, yet purposeful. The rear LED light strip that stretches across the car’s width, a forward-leaning rear windshield, and a central trim allow for an elegant look.
Common consensus suggests that Haval Jolion is among the most striking looking crossover SUVs in Pakistan.
The front fascia has a large chrome mesh grille, modern-looking headlamps LED headlights, turn signals, and sharp-looking DRLs attached to the bumper sides to make a boomerang pattern.
The side is mostly simple, although, the body-colored door handles, a single sharp character-line, giving it a smooth look, chromed side-impact strips, a chromed trim-piece surrounding the A, B, and C pillars, and modern alloy wheels give it a premium look.
The rear seems similar to most SUVs, except the taillight design and the placement of a few chrome and black panels. Overall, Jolion is a unique looking crossover SUV that turns heads.
HR-V’s interior design is nothing to write home about. A straightforward dashboard design with silver trim pieces in the cabin, ambient lighting, and modern dials give the interior a premium feel.
Being larger than the gen-2 HR-V, the new model is more spacious making it a practical and comfortable family hauler.
The Jolion boasts a modern but simple interior design. The two-step dash layout and the materials all feel high-end giving the SUV a premium look.
The steering has a futuristic 3-spoke design, while the all-digital head unit display (HUD) is more modern than its competitors. In terms of cabin space, the Jolion has plenty, enough to seat five passengers. Overall, Haval Jolion offers decent practicality and comfort.
Despite HR-V being a category below the Jolion, is almost the same size. Although, Jolion is considerably heavier than the HR-V. The measurements are as follows:
|Overall Length||4,346 mm||4,472 mm|
|Width||1,790 mm||1,841 mm|
|Overall Height||1,590 mm||1,619 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,610 mm||2,700 mm|
|Ground Clearance||196 mm||190 mm|
|Luggage Capacity||355 liters||337 liters|
|Max. Curb Weight||1,267 KG||1,550 kg|
HR-V has two variants. Both have a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that send 119 horsepower (hp) and 145 Newton-meters (Nm) of torque to the front wheels via a CVT automatic transmission.
It has McPherson struts up front and a torsion bar coil spring setup in the back. It is also fitted with disc brakes on all four wheels with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist (BA) technology to allow for decent stopping power.
According to various international forums, HR-V has a fuel economy of 13 liters per kilometer. However, given Pakistan’s traffic conditions, road conditions, and fuel quality, actual figures may be lower.
Jolion has only one engine option — a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that puts out 145 hp and 220 Nm of torque. The power is sent only to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The SUV has McPherson struts up front and a torsion bar coil-spring suspension at the back. It has disc brakes on all four wheels with ABS, EBD, and BA technology to allow for good stopping power.
Various international automotive news outlets claim a fuel economy of around 12.3 km per liter. However, given Jolion’s size and weight the actual fuel economy should be lower.
This comparison is between the top variants to determine the complete range of features they offer. The following are the specs and features of both vehicles:
|Specs and Features||Haval Jolion||Honda HR-V VTi-S|
|Central Power Door Locks||Yes||Yes|
|Immobilizer System and Burglar Alarm||Yes||Yes|
|Blind Spot Monitoring||Yes||No|
|Daytime Running Lights||Yes||Yes|
|Lane Departure Warning||Yes||No|
|Collision Warning||Side Only||No|
|Auto-Rain Sensing Wipers||Yes||No|
|Smart Infotainment System||12.3″||9″|
|12 Volt Socket||Yes||Yes|
|Dual-Zone Climate Control||Yes||Yes|
|Rear AC Vents||Yes||Yes|
|Push Start Button||Yes||Yes|
|Electronic Parking Brake||Yes||Yes|
|Multiple Drive Modes||Yes||No|
|Steering Wheel Multimedia-Control Switches||Yes||Yes|
|Electrically Adjustable Front Seats||Yes||No|
|ISO Fix Child Seat Anchors||Yes||Yes|
The prices of both SUVs are as follows:
Once again, HR-V falls short of its adversary in this comparison in terms of features, performance, and a little bit in terms of looks. The only thing in Honda’s favor against the new SUVs is its brand value, which may not be enough for SUV buyers who prefer advanced features and strong performance.
Therefore, despite its low popularity, the Jolion is a better value than HR-V.