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Honda HR-V, Opel Mokka, Renault Captur, Mazda CX-3, Fiat 500X in comparison

Achim Hartmann
Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Mokka, Captur
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N And it's not like that all of a sudden everyone is moving to the country. The trend is going to the city. The fact that SUVs are gaining in popularity unchecked is still not a contradiction in terms. After all, the purpose of a sport utility vehicle is not to go carting through mud and mud every day or to pull stranded motorists out of the ditch. SUVs are popular because they are different from compacts and sedans, cooler than station wagons or even vans.

SUVs smell slightly of adventure, although leaving paved roads is usually prohibited. Therefore, the front-wheel drive is enough for the good feeling of being able to cope with more than the challenges everyday in the city and in the country hold in store. So let's go on tour with five small class 2WD SUVs. The youngest member of the Naturbüschchen club is the HR-V, with which Honda is again flying its flag in this segment after a long period of abstinence.

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Back after a long break: the Honda HR-V.

Detail-loving Fiat 500X with a slight drunkenness

That rocks the Fiat 500X for around a year with a lot of rascal charm from the bi-xenon googly eyes (standard on the tested model Lounge as well as two-zone automatic air conditioning, navigation, lane departure warning and collision warning) to towards the spherical stern. However, this only offers space for a maximum of 1,000 liters of luggage. It's just nice to look out of the large seats at the nicely made dashboard with its shiny surfaces, to take the large ball at the end of the gear lever to change gears or to rest your arms on the softly padded doorrests.

ManyNice details can be found in this Fiat, from the extra-large door openers to many small chrome frames to soft, thick leather, which, however, costs extra. The 500X lies very solidly in the hand and can be driven quickly, but without the last transparency in the steering through curves. The brakes could show more bite, and while we are complaining: With the 18-inch models of the Lounge series, clear knocks on transverse grooves are inevitable. The Fiat 500X only springs when it is really necessary, but then properly.

The space is good at the front and at the back, where the split folding backrests are somehow only really comfortable for passengers with a hollow back, okay. The inside width also fits three passengers (middle headrest 190 euros extra), the leg room is enough for tall adults. The 120-horsepower diesel does not run too cheekily, hangs properly on the gas and works well in this SUV, which weighs 1.4 tons. Perhaps this load is also the reason for the test consumption, which is not exactly low at 6.5 liters per 100 km. The slight drunkenness hardly harms the charm of the 500X.

Lots of space in the Honda HR-V

The HR-V, which also produces 120 hp from 1 , 6 liters displacement for the comparison test. The test consumption of the new Honda is just 5.7 liters, which in 10.3 seconds from zero to 100 km /h and 192 km /h top speed can be a little faster than the Fiat. Again, this immensely spacious Honda, which is truly in a class of its own in the rear, suffers from wind noise relatively early on. And its engine really doesn’t mince words. If you accelerate with a lot of gas, you can hear a grainy growl from the front, which only subsides when the accelerator becomes lighter at constant speed.

On winding country roads, however, the Honda encourages you to do exactly the opposite. The short joystick, reminiscent of the gears on the Honda S2000, clicks into the next gear in a short distance, the steering is direct. Okay, the body wobbles a lot every now and then. But the Honda HR-V, whose operation by means of many steering wheel buttons and a wide panel with function fields that cannot be felt, takes some getting used to, but except for short bumps, most of it cushions very harmoniously.

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For long-legged people it can be a bit tight in the front of the Honda. There is no thigh support.

This idea would be even more pleasant with more comfortable seats. But at the front, long-legged people lack a thigh support, at the back you push kuhlen into a soft, uncontoured upholstery landscape. With the adjustable seats, it masters variability tricks like none of the competitors or can be folded down to form a large and level loading area.

The Honda HR-V is less versatile when it comes to the surcharge. The Elegance equipment is not bad with automatic air conditioning, parking sensors all around, handsfree telephony, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. But if you want LED low beam (yes, only low beam!) Instead of the moderately bright halogen light, you have to resort to the more expensive HR-V Executive.

Lively Mazda CX-3 spreads a good mood

At the Mazda CX- 3 Exclusive-Line, the LED light is standard on board despite the lower basic price - as is the lane departure warning, which hums so deeply from the speakers of the standard radio that it jerks sensitive people through. The CX-3 is barely shorter than the Honda HR-V, but why is it so much narrower? Especially in the rear, which can be reached through small, but wide-opening doors, the Mazda really tweaks. At the front the feeling of space is more generous; also because of the flat dashboard, in which there is only a small tachometer next to the large central speedometer.

As if the engine were not important. But it is, because this low-compression diesel is a piece of cream. It runs so quietly and smoothly that you quickly forget to upshift, shines with a test consumption of just 5.8 liters, excellent revving and good throttle response even at low speeds. Underpowered because of only 105 HP? Not a trace. The low weight of barely more than 1,200 kilograms plays a positive role here, and it should also have its share in the short braking distances. Not to forget the ease with cornering, which is fun despite strong rolling movements and the synthetic steering.

The operation is logical and intuitive thanks to a solution similar to the BMW iDrive, but buttons for ancillary functions are a little hidden left behind the steering wheel. Anything else to complain about? Yes. The poorly accessible luggage compartment is stingy on the maximum volume, the quality impression is hardly worthy of big words, and the seats are well sized, but thinly padded with corresponding consequences for long-term meetings.

Opel Mokka with the best acceleration

Change to the mocha and show offthe corners of the mouth upwards: the multi-adjustable AGR seats are simply excellent. Perhaps a little too high, but surrounded by tight, large-volume cushions, the driver looks at a lavishly equipped cockpit with many buttons - the somewhat fuzzy operating concept of recent years is still alive here. But you can cope with it - like with the entire car, which is carefully finished and practically furnished.

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The operating concept of the mocha is still the same with many buttons and buttons .

There is plenty of space for four people, the trunk is well sized with 356 to 1,372 liters and is sufficiently variable. Opel is a little frugal with the equipment, but for an extra charge you get all kinds of assistants, bi-xenon lights, various navigation or multimedia systems. Nothing is lacking, not even power: with 136 hp, the Mokka is the most powerful motorized and translates this advantage into the best acceleration.

The smoothness of the 1.6-liter is just average, however the consumption (6.4 liters). The suspension comfort is better, because the Mocha moves with a firm base note on the proper level of the Honda HR-V. The Opel Mokka works through corners meticulously, but without much esprit; it likes to leave contagious driving dynamics to others. Somehow he comes across as the thoroughly honest guy you like to entrust with important tasks, but not the very first to invite when it comes to a fun evening with friends.

Comfortable Renault Captur with clear deficits

The Captur would not be the first choice either, because this Renault is at war with its dynamics. Strictly understeering, it sails through curves and falls into the clutches of the overly cautious ESP early on during evasive maneuvers - including not really nice straight-ahead pushing due to excessive demands. Mildly gripping 110 hp complete the impression that this SUV considers dynamism in every form to be immeasurably overrated, although it looks youthful with a peppy tattoo on the steering wheel rim and flashy color accents in the interior.

A big misunderstanding or a superfluous one Promises, these are optionalStyling gags. Because the truth is: if you are looking for comfort, you will find it in this Renault. Not that the small seats are extremely comfortable, no. But as far as the springs are concerned, none of the competitors can fool the Renault Captur, which purrs quietly at motorway speed. It filters out a lot, swings comfortably over waves like the R4 once did and also pleases with its sophisticated engine. It pulls through bravely, hums or vibrates at best in moderation and skimps in consumption just as successfully as the Honda HR-V: 5.7 liters.

Operation is not a challenge, because there is not much to operate in this car furnished with simple materials, which can also go online thanks to the new R-Link system (from 590 euros). There is plenty of storage space, and the rear bench seat can be moved with one hand movement to distribute the space between passengers and luggage. This restriction to being comfortable and useful makes the Captur likeable. But it does not hide the fact that he has lost the connection in terms of driver assistance. The bottom line is that the cheapest car only remains fifth in the comparison test. But real losers look different.

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