What should I look for in a used Honda HR-V hatchback?
In terms of problems, there's really not much to moan about. Like most Hondas, the HR-V is well built, and unreliability issues are few and far between.
A five-speed manual gearbox was fitted as standard, but an optional automatic was also available. It can get a bit rough through the ratios if the fluid-change schedule isn't kept to, so look out for notes on that in the vehicle's service history.
If the suspension sounds a bit clunky over uneven surfaces, then the bushes need looking at. Other than that, it's a Honda, so it should be okay. The Japanese firm always performs well in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey, so you can be safe in the knowledge that problems are few and far between.