Under the hood is pretty much the same turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine you'll find in a Civic or a CR-V. It makes 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque with the manual transmission, and 162 pound-feet with the CVT. Those are the same specifications as the engine in the Civic Sport Hatchback we get here. On top of that, the European HR-V Sport gets upgraded shocks and visual tweaks such as more aggressive bodywork, black wheels, and an interior in a sporty but sophisticated black and dark red upholstery with more supportive seats.
It all sounds like a pretty sweet combination, especially since we already enjoy the Civic Sport Hatchback, which offers the same power for roughly the same weight. Of course considering the power increase over the base HR-V, this model would probably need to be marketed as an HR-V Si here in the U.S. And we could certainly make arguments that any turbo Civic would be a better buy, but knowing the current automotive market, we definitely want to secure some fun crossovers as traditional sedans and hatchbacks become less popular.