Honda Vezel Singapore:
The Honda HR-V/Vezel duo is perhaps the most common vehicle you’d see on our roads. It was built on the same platform that the Jazz/Fit and Shuttle are built on, but with a body that is chunkier than the trio.
When it was initially launched, it was Honda’s smallest SUV, designed to slot into their lineup below the larger CR-V.
Honda HR-V/Vezel Specs:
The Honda HRV/Vezel duo was initially launched in 2013. The HR-V is the official import, and is built in Thailand. The Vezel is a grey import, and is built in Japan.
Unlike the Toyota ethos, which tailors vehicles slightly for different markets, there is little to separate the HR-V and the Vezel in terms of specifications. Most of the JDM imports that have found their way into Singapore will come equipped with a 1.5 litre L series 4 cylinder engine, that can be had with a hybrid powertrain if so desired. The Honda Vezel fuel consumption figures are an impressive 20.6km/l for the non-hybrid, and 27km/l for the hybrid.
The HR-V can only be had as a pure petrol model.
Honda HR-V/Vezel Interior:
Apart from the Japanese UI of the parallel imported cars, and perhaps the non-factory fitted stereo, there is little to distinguish between either model. Quality is excellent, with soft touch materials liberally applied throughout the cabin.
Though having said that, the interior design can be best described as “safe”, especially if you compare it to offerings from other Japanese automakers. Still, it is a pleasant enough place to be in, and you can do really long journeys in either car with no real ergonomic issue. This is probably part of the reason why these cars are so popular with the Private Hire community!
Finding The One For You:
The Vezel Hybrid is quite a bit more expensive upfront that its petrol counterpart. In the long run though, you’d get your money back as it just has a more efficient powertrain overall.
If you are after the comfort of having an authorized distributor supporting your warranty, the HR-V is the way to go.
Visually, the cars are identical. For MY2018, the cars received a facelift, that includes new lights from and rear, a new trim piece for the rear boot lid, and an all new front-fascia.
PI Vezels can be had for roughly $105,000, whereas the AD HR-V can be had for $109,000.