The original Honda HR-V was a car that was ahead of its time. Introduced in 1998, it was not only one of the first small SUVs, but one of the first SUVs or any kind to put on-road driving dynamics ahead of off-road ability, yet it never sold particularly well and was discontinued in 1995.
Fast forward to today, and the small SUV sector is the fastest growing in Europe, with no mainstream manufacturer's range complete without at least one. It's hardly surprising, then, that Honda now offers a new HR-V.
Based on the practical Jazz hatchback, it's available with a choice of a 1.6-litre diesel engine with a manual gearbox, or a 1.5-litre petrol with a manual or CVT automatic.
However, like the original, which you can read about here, it concentrates on giving buyers the style and elevated driving position of a 4x4 rather than the mud-plugging ability. In fact, if anything, the new HR-V has gone even further in this direction, because four-wheel drive isn't available, even as an option.
Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions of the Honda HR-V, along with our recommendations for trim levels and engines.