Honda HR-V Review
Robust and stylish exterior
Prices start from £17,995
Ready for you to sample in local dealer showrooms from the end of August 2015, Honda have a lot of confidence in their new HR-V. It’s a carefully studied model, aimed at young singles and pre family couples.
As such, Honda have sought to combine sportiness with utility, both inside and out, and expect 70% of the purchases to be conquest buyers. That’s a lot of jumping ship, and a lot of manufacturer confidence.
Then again, Honda has been around for a very long time (nearly 70 years in fact) and with global car sales in the region of 4.3 million, it’s reliable to assume their expectations are well placed. Fitting between family saloon and sport utility vehicle, the new HR-V is looking to combine sportiness in a robust and stylish exterior design, along with an appealing yet highly practical and spacious cabin; the latter has class leading interior space, with high quality soft touch materials to give it that premium feel. The generous interior space has been achieved as a result of a centre-mounted fuel tank layout, freeing up the underfloor space beneath the rear seats. It also enables the accommodation of Honda's Magic Seat system, a popular feature on many models in the Honda range, offering exceptionally versatile seating options. A high cabin eye-line ensures a good, wide field of vision, which is helpful for driving in town.
Boot space is easily accessed through wide and low tailgate opening, with best-in-class honours for room at 453 litres with the rear seats upright, increasing to 1,026 litres with the rear seats folded. In other words, commodious.
The new HR-V is available with a choice of either a 120PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel or 130PS 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engines. The diesel has a 6-speed manual while the petrol has a 6-speed manual or CVT. There’s also a choice of three equipment to choose from and infotainment comes courtesy of Honda CONNECT (with its 'pinch, swipe and tap' functionality) first seen in Europe on the 2015 CR-V. It is fitted as standard on the mid and upper grade HR-V, and as an option on the base model.
Will you be one of the seventy per centers? You may well be! If the looks, space and practicality are what you’re looking for, then Honda reliability is a given. If Honda’s predictions are correct, then at least 70% of you will find that the HR-V offers more than the car you currently own.