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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Fun to drive, excellent reliability, smooth performance from 1.6 engine

Against Limited off-road ability, three-door bodyshell short of practicality, dull interior

Verdict It's definitely a funky family hatch, but it's no mud-plugger

Go for… 2000 1.6 VTEC

Avoid… Early cars

Honda HR-V Crossover
  • 1. Full-time 4x4 system can cope with a little light mud, but nothing more
  • 2. Automatic transmission can get a bit rough if the fluid change schedule isn't kept to
  • 3. Seek out examples with desirable options such as metallic paint and satellite-navigation
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