Used Honda HR-V 1998 - 2005 review

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1998 - 2005 review
Honda HR-V (98 - 05)
  • Honda HR-V (98 - 05)
  • Honda HR-V (98 - 05)
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Which used Honda HR-V hatchback should I buy?

The first cars in the UK were sold on an S plate and had a 103bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine. If you can afford a post-January 2000 model, the unit was upgraded to 122bhp and received Honda's famed VTEC variable valve timing technology, which ensures lively performance when you rev the engine.

Honda didn't bother with different trims. All HR-Vs got alloys, electric windows and door mirrors, air-con, central locking, anti-lock brakes and an immobiliser. 2002 model-year upgrades, on sale from August 2001, feature smarter bumpers and alloys, plus a revised dashboard.

Not all HR-Vs are four-wheel drive; a front-wheel-drive version was introduced in March 1999, so be sure you know which you're getting.

Optional extras on the HR-V when it was new included metallic paint and satellite navigation, and both are desirable options when you come to sell it on again, so it's worth seeking out examples that have them fitted.

The last shipment of HR-Vs arrived in 2005, but Honda showrooms were still stocking new ones in mid-2006. That means it's worth haggling hard for a bargain on a used car at a main dealer. Alternatively, Honda's excellent reliability record means private sales are worth considering.

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