The last Honda HR-V was available in the UK from 1999 to 2005. Since that time Honda have concentrated on the bigger CR-V, however, it seems they have returned to the mini SUV market. The new model is based on the Jazz. Rivals include the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka.
Honda HR-V – Take a Look At The Outside
Honda seem to have done just enough to give the HR-V its own distinctive feel. The swooping body lines on the flanks are very nice, and the rear lights are pretty eye catching. It’s not as wacky or bizarre as a Juke but still manages to look something other than a mini CR-V. Also, it’s not as opinion dividing as the Jazz it’s based on.
Take a Look At The Inside
Pretty conventional and not as wacky as the others in the range, the HR-V does however boast a distinctive float-look transmission tunnel. Although a Nissan Juke rival, it has the interior space to rival the likes of the larger Nissan Qashqai. And the 470-litre boot is 40 litres bigger than the Juke. The slight angle towards the driver of the touch screen is a nice touch too.
There will be two engines available at launch – an all-new 128bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 118bhp, 1.6-litre diesel, versions of which are shared with the Civic hatch and CR-V SUV. The petrol engine will be available with a CVT automatic gearbox but both engines will come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.
Standard across all models are an electronic parking brake feature, Hill Start Assist and City Braking. Mid-spec SE, SE Navi and top of range EX models come with Cross Traffic Monitor, Forward Collision Warning, speed assist (which not only alerts you of your speed but also accelerates and decelerates the car), Lane Departure Warning, Highbeam Support and Traffic Sign Recognition. There are 11 different versions overall and prices start at £17,995, with the top-spec EX diesel at just under £25,000. Given how well it’s rivals sell, there seems no reason why Honda, especially with it’s reputation for quality and reliability, cannot do the same with the HR-V.