Honda Vezel is a series of subcompact SUVs produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda. The 1st Generation Honda Vezel was introduced in 2013 and instantly became popular in Pakistan. The hybrid car has ruled the market for a long time despite strong competition. Honda Vezel 1st Generation is a front engine front/four-wheel drive. Honda Vezel is also known as the Honda HR-V in other regions of the world. The 1st Generation Honda Vezel is based on the same Honda Global Compact Series platform that underpins other cars in Hondas lineups such as the Honda Fit, Honda HR-V, and the Honda City.
In 2021, Honda has launched its 2nd generation of Vezel in four variants. The new Vezel 2023 features several upgrades and competes with the latest hybrid vehicles in the market.
Honda Vezel Variants
Of the four new variants, three are hybrid. The Honda Vezel e-HEV Play, Honda Vezel e-HEV X, and Honda Vezel e-HEV Z all have 1500cc, automatic and hybrid engines. On the other hand, Honda Vezel G has a 1496cc petrol engine.
Honda Vezel Exterior
The Honda Vezel exterior of the 2nd Generation features familiar Honda design language. The front end houses sleek narrow side swept headlights with tube-designed LED daytime running light inserts. A sleek chrome grille gives the Vezel a bold, sporty look. The front also houses a trapezium air intake and dual fog lights.
The rear end is as spectacular as the front as it houses a roof spoiler with an integrated brake light. The sharp side swept taillights have a bold design with sleek curves. The rear window also has a rear wiper and there also is a standard case tailgate.
All variants of the Honda Vezel feature identical styling in every aspect. The overall exterior of the 2nd Generation Honda Vezel features a fairly unique but familiar Honda design language that allows it to differentiate itself from other cars in the same class.
Honda Vezel Interior
The 2023 Honda Vezel’s interior features the use of black plastic trim pieces. The front and rear seats are covered in black fabric in Vezel e-HEV X and e-HEV Z, and beige fabric in Vezel e-HEV Play. the interior is spacious with a clean and modern design.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel comes with tilt and telescopic adjustment. It has steering controls for cruise control and radar control on the left while multimedia controls are on the right. The 7-inch digital meter has a speedometer and the display can be customized by the driver. The push-start technology sets Vezel apart from its competitors.
The dashboard comprises of hard plastic top and soft plastic base. It houses a 9-inch infotainment display which comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto. The automatic air conditioner comes with the latest feature of a dual-zone automatic climate control system.
10 speakers placed strategically throughout the vehicle provide flawless audio quality. Vezel also comes with 4 charging ports, two for the front two passengers and the other two for the rear passengers. It also has the option of wireless charging.
The new Vezel 2023 comes with ample storage space. The trunk is designed to have infinitely flat luggage space. The rear seats also fold in all directions to create even more cargo space. This makes Vezel great for long outdoor adventures. The tailgate also comes with hands-free access. The Honda smart key allows you to open and close the tailgate with just a click or you can simply hold your foot over the tailgate sensor and it will open automatically.
Other standard features include power and heated door mirrors, automatic climate control, 8 airbags, stereo speaker system, power windows, power steering, cruise control, hill-descent control, and power lock doors. The higher-end variant includes leather upholstery as standard. Options include leather upholstery and satellite navigation.
Honda Connect is another modern feature which is provided in the new Vezel. Honda Connect comes with the Honda digital key which allows a car to be locked and unlocked by a smartphone. It also turns the car into a Wi-fi hotspot for the passengers and updates the navigation map automatically. It also allows remote operation features like controlling the air conditioner, sending alerts to the driver's smartphone if the car has been left unlocked, and also makes it easier to find the car in a huge parking lot.
The 2nd generation comes with three driving modes: normal mode, sport mode, and ECON mode.
The overall interior of the 2nd Generation Honda Vezel features a good amount of interior space in both the front and rear for an SUV of its exterior dimensions and also offers a good level of comfort and interior refinement.
The new Vezel comes with two engines coupled with a 1.5L engine. It is equipped with e: HEV hybrid technology which allows 3 driving modes.
In the EV mode, the car runs solely on the motor with electricity from the battery. In Hybrid mode, the engine generates electric power which drives the motor. The third mode is engine mode in which the car runs on the energy generated by the engine alone.
The Honda Vezel 2nd Generation can achieve an average of up to 15-22 KM/L making for an estimated driving range of between 600 KM to 1080KM from the compact SUV's 40Liter fuel tank.
Vezel Ride & Handling
The new Honda Vezel provides a comfortable driving experience. Its driver-assist features provide great ease in driving. The Hill descent control feature keeps the car moving forward on an upward steep path while the anti-lock braking system prevents skidding. Cruise control assists the driver on long drives.
Suspension in Honda Vezel 2023 is good but the ride is stiff like in other subcompact SUVs.
Vezel is a popular car but its spare parts are expensive and hard to get which makes maintenance a bit difficult.
The main competitors of the Honda Vezel 1st Generation are the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Toyota CH-R, Nissan Juke.
Nissan Juke competes with Vezel in terms of price as Juke is a lot cheaper and affordable. It also shares several features with Honda Vezel 2023 such as cruise control, anti-lock braking system, power steering, etc. but Juke is not a hybrid car.
Toyota C-HR also gives a strong competition to Vezel as it is also a hybrid car and lies in the same price range. BMW X1 is another competitor of Honda Vezel with similar features plus climate control but Vezel beats X1 in affordability as BMW costs almost double the price of Vezel.
Audi Q3 also competes with Vezel with a 2480 cc engine option, sunroof, and the comfort of leather seats. It also lies in the same price range as that of Vezel.