What Car? says...
The Honda HR-V family SUV is like the David Beckham of the car world – it's been in the public eye since the Nineties, and tried out some radically different looks.
The original HR-V had a boxy, rugged style, but then for its second generation it morphed into a sportier vehicle with crisper lines. Now Honda brings us this sleek, hybrid-only third-generation model, which is radically different again, and bang on trend.
The latest HR-V was too new to feature in the What Car? Reliability Survey, but the previous model finished joint top of the table (with the Mazda CX-3) out of 20 vehicles rated. The HR-V’s 100% score was an impressive demonstration of how happy owners have been. It comes with a three-year/90,000-mile warranty as standard. Read more here
The HR-V is only sold as a hybrid model, with a 1.5-litre petrol engine plus two electric motors to provide propulsion. If you want a fully electric Honda, the Honda E small electric car is available now, and a new small electric SUV in the vein of the HR-V will be launched in 2023. Read more here
There’s only one HR-V engine – a 1.5-litre petrol with two electric motors, which makes it an economical car that’s especially quiet when it’s running on electricity alone at low speeds. We recommend mid-range Advance trim. Entry-level Elegance models are well appointed, but Advance adds nice-to-have features such as a powered tailgate and leather upholstery. Read more here
All HR-Vs get a 9.0in touchscreen for infotainment. It’s not as user-friendly and responsive as some rivals but includes wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring as standard, allowing you to run your phone apps through the screen instead of using Honda’s system. Read more here
The HR-V scored four stars out of five in its Euro NCAP safety assessment. It did reasonably well for adult occupant protection but was let down a little by its child occupant protection score. Standard safety equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control. Read more here
Most versions of the HR-V have 319 litres of boot space – which is very small compared with rivals – but range-topping models have even less (304 litres) because of the upgraded sound system taking up space. Honda’s magic rear seats do provide some compensation, flipping up like cinema seats to leave lots of extra space if nobody is using them. Read more here
|RRP price range||£29,410 - £34,850|
|Number of trims (see all)||3|
|Number of engines (see all)||1|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||hybrid|
|MPG range across all versions||52.3 - 52.3|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 90000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,634 / £1,938|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£3,268 / £3,877|