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Honda HR-V review

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Honda HR-V
8 Jan 2016 10:58 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 16:20

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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 of any kind to put on-road driving dynamics ahead of off-road ability, yet it never sold particularly well.

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 HR-V, it concentrates on giving buyers the style and elevated driving position of a 4x4 rather than real mud-plugging ability. In fact, four-wheel drive isn't available on this car, even as an option.

This makes it a rival to models such as the Renault Captur and Kia Soul, as well as numerous small SUVs that are rarely specified with four-wheel drive, including the hugely popular Nissan Juke.

Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions of the Honda HR-V, including our recommendations for the trim level and engine to choose.

 

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Our favourite trim. For not a lot extra it lifts the cabin with a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, adds another USB socket, a leather gear lever and steering wheel, rear electric windows and...View trim
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A good level of kit considering it’s the cheapest offering. 16in alloy wheels, Bluetooth, DAB radio, USB and aux connections, climate control, cruise control, automatic lights and city braking come...View trim
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The top of the range and the most expensive model. Heated leather seats, LED daytime running lights, sat-nav, a rear parking camera and keyless entry and start are just some of the luxurious additi...View trim
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