Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Considering the city-friendly dimensions of the HR-V, it’s surprisingly roomy up front; even adults over six foot won’t struggle for space. There’s plenty of head room to ensure their heads won’t be brushing the ceiling, and enough leg room to stretch out, too. Front-seat shoulder room is also generous.
Front door pockets are have 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, with a small storage area in front of it.
Leg room is pretty generous in the back of the HR-V, but, 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.
The HR-V isn’t an overly wide SUV, so, while it is possible to fit three adults in the back seats, they’ll be rubbing shoulders all the time. Still, that’s an accusation you could level at any one of its direct rivals.
You get much smaller door pockets in the rear, but on the upside, SE models add a rear armrest as standard, while EX models add pockets to the backs of the front seats.
Seat folding and flexibility
In terms of versatility, the HR-V scores highly, but rivals allow passengers to tailor their seats more precisely. While the front passenger seats have a good range of legroom and backrest adjustment, only range-topping EX models get passenger seat-height adjustment as standard. No HR-V has lumbar adjustment, even as an option.
The rear seats are fitted with Honda’s Magic seat function, so it’s possible to not only split the rear seats in a 60/40 configuration and fold them completely flat, but also to raise the rear seat bases to leave a long, narrow space between them and the front seat backs. Doing this creates a useful space for carrying slim, tall objects such as bicycles. The front passenger seat can also be folded flat to allow long items to be pushed from the boot opening right through to the dashboard.
The HR-V has an enormous boot for this class. You can fit a total of six carry-on sized suitcases into the boot comfortably – the T-roc, Countryman and Q2 only manage five. There’s another trick up its sleeve, too; SE models add a false boot floor, below which you’ll find enough room to store an additional two suitcases. This also removes the big step down from the load lip that you’ll encounter on the entry-level S model.
Combine this feature with the tailgate aperture’s wide opening, and lifting heavy, bulky items from the floor and placing them inside won’t put a huge strain on your back. The boot is conveniently shaped, too, remaining nicely square from front to back. A boot light is standard across the range.