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Honda HR-V wins the 2015 What Car? Reader Award

The forthcoming Honda HR-V has won the 2015 What Car? reader award, making it the most eagerly anticipated car of the next year

Words ByTom Webster

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The Honda HR-V is the car What Car? readers are looking forward to seeing the most in 2015, because it won this year's Reader Award.

You voted in your thousands, but Honda's small SUV was the clear winner; in total, the HR-V emerged with more than 26% of the vote. The runner up is the futuristic hydrogen fuel-cell powered Toyota Mirai, which polled just more than 20%, while the long-awaited fourth generation of the Mazda MX-5 completes an all-Japanese top three, capturing a little more than 15% of votes cast.

The Honda HR-V is a small SUV that is set to rival the likes of the Renault Captur and the Nissan Juke. It has only been shown publicly in prototype form, at the 2014 Paris motor show, but Honda says that the finished car will not be far removed from the car that appeared on the show stand.

So far, we know that the HR-V will come with the same 'magic seat' system that comes in the Jazz supermini. This allows the rear seats to be dropped totally flat, increasing the space and improving practicality in the back.

The thousands of people who voted for the HR-V don't have long to wait now, because the production version is expected to be revealed at the Geneva motor show this March, before it goes on sale in the first half of this year.

We'll have to wait until the show to find out details like pricing and what sort of equipment it will come with, but it is expected to come with the 1.6-litre diesel engine that is offered in the likes of the Civic and the larger CR-V SUV.