I am now enjoying ownership of my second 'V'.
It is the best car I have ever owned - a mix of sporty good looks, competent handling and decent off-road capability (handling deep snow and mud with ease).
Having owned the 3 door version, I switched to the 5 door due to limited space (the 5 door has a slightly longer wheelbase) and the no-memory seats that return to an upright position whenever push forward to let someone into the rear of the vehicle.
The boot has masses of space for luggage and with the seats down large items can be easily stowed.
The styling of the cabin is its biggest let-down, being a little bland but nevertheless very well put together.
The engines are surprisingly quick for their size (leaving many other 4x4s looking like they are nailed to the ground at traffic lights) and the legendary Honda CVT auto box remains the smoothest transmission around, delivering a steady stream of power right through the rev range.
All in all a wonderful car, and one that is a joy to drive.
The Honda HR-V is a remarkable vehicle.
It is small enough to be a good city car. It is spacious enough (the five-door) to carry four large adults without feeling cramped. It is remarkably quiet most of the time (quiter than the fiirst series of Honda CRV. It provides the high driving position and hip height favoured by many mature drivers. It has greater toughness and off-road ability than most cars. It is more fuel-efficient than almost any other 4WD, and it has unbeatable reliability.
I've owned my 1.6 v-tec 3dr for nearly 4 years from new. It has never let me down.
It handles better than many boring family cars.
Not fully convinced about the 4wd system, but Honda still use it on the CR-v and many other manufacturers use a similar system of only egaging the rear wheels as needed. Might have been a good idea to have a 4wd lock for use in snow and mud.
After 4 years it's time to part and although I've looked at other small 4x4s, it looks like I'll be sticking with Honda but this time CR-V.
I've always found the dealer a real plus as well, Alan Day Honda Portsmouth.
The car is fundamentally under-powered. There is no diesel version available, and apparantly no plans for one.
You have the Honda reliability but the internal trim is poor and the cabin space small. The door panels are very thin. In retrospect I would have bought a Terrano instead.
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