Honda HR-V 2019 rear seats

Honda HR-V review

Passenger & boot space

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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

Even adults over six foot won’t struggle for space in the front of an HR-V. There’s plenty of head room to ensure their heads won’t be brushing the ceiling, and enough leg room to stretch out, too. Shoulder room in the front of the cabin is also generous.

Each front door has its own pocket with enough room for a water bottle (but little else) and there’s a cupholder handily placed on the centre console to the rear of the gearlever. There’s also a useful storage cubby in front of the gearlever lower down, and the HR-V’s glovebox will accept more than just the car’s manual.

Rear space

Because of how the HR-V’s styling incorporates a sweeping rear roofline, those over six feet tall will find their head close to the ceiling. But leg room is great; those same adults will find their knees well clear of the front seat backrests.

Should three adults need to share the rear seats, they’ll find space rather tight – there’s not enough interior width to prevent shoulders clashing. Still, that’s an accusation you could level at any one of its direct rivals.

Like the front doors, each rear door has its own pocket, but they’re nothing like as accommodating as those in the front – a small water bottle is pretty much the limit. SE models add a rear armrest as standard while EX models add pockets the backs of the front seats.

Honda HR-V 2019 rear seats

Seat folding and flexibility

This is one of the HR-V’s strongest assets. The front passenger seats has a good range of legroom and backrest adjustment, although only range-topping EX models get passenger seat-height adjustment as standard and no HR-V has lumbar adjustment – even as an option.

The rear seats have Honda’s Magic seat function as standard, which means it’s possible to not only split the rear seats in a 60/40 configuration and fold them completely flat, but also raise the rear seat bases to leave a long, narrow space between them and the front seat backs. It’s a useful space for carrying slim, tall objects such as bicycles. The front passenger seat can then be folded flat to allow long items to be pushed from the boot opening right through to the dashboard.

Boot space

The HR-V has an enormous boot for this class. You can fit a total of six carry-on sized suitcases into it comfortably – the T-roc, Countryman and Q2 only manage five – but there’s another trick up its sleeve. SE models add a false boot floor, below which you’ll find enough room to store an additional two suitcases. It also removes the big step down from the load lip that you’ll encounter on the entry-level S model.

Combine this feature with its wide opening, and lifting heavy, bulky items from the floor and placing them inside shouldn’t be too strenuous. The boot is conveniently shaped, too, remaining nicely square from front to back. A boot light is standard across the range.

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