Used Honda HR-V 1998 - 2005 review

Category: Small SUV

Section: What is it like?

1998 - 2005 review
Honda HR-V (98 - 05)
  • Honda HR-V (98 - 05)
  • Honda HR-V (98 - 05)
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What's the used Honda HR-V hatchback like?

Its looks say off-roader, but the Honda HR-V is actually much more at home on Tarmac, because the full-time four-wheel-drive system that's fitted to most versions can cope with a little light mud, but nothing more.

In reality, then, the HR-V is more of a jacked-up family hatchback, and quite a good one at that. Its steering is sharp, angling the car keenly into corners, and the car takes bends with confidence.

The ride is good, too, although a touch firm at slower speeds, and the HR-V performs well, as you'd expect from Honda, with both versions of the HR-V's 1.6-litre engine pulling smoothly to the top of the rev range.

Sadly, the funky exterior isn't reflected inside the car. It's functional rather than fun, but it is well screwed together and most people can get comfortable behind the wheel, despite the lack of seat height adjustment.

True, the three-door version makes it a bit of a squeeze to get into the back, but there's a decent-sized boot.