Honda HR-V Review & Ratings
- 15 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
HONDA’S HR-V WON the our website Reader Award of the Year 2015 as the most keenly anticipated new car of 2015, which bodes well for its entry into the competitive small crossover market.
With the arrival of the HR-V in UK dealerships this summer, Honda is aiming to plug the small SUV gap between the Jazz and CR-V, as well as take on rivals such as the Citroen C4 Cactus, Fiat 500X and Nissan Juke.
We invited a team of our readers to join us for a first look at the much anticipated HR-V to give us their verdict.
‘I’ve had my Jazz for nine years and I want to upgrade to a bigger model from Honda; the HR-V looks like a great option.
‘The most important thing is whether the boot is big enough. It needs to be able to fit my golf clubs in, and there’s definitely room for them. It’s a fantastic size and I’ll be able to load everything I need to in there, especially with the rear seats folded down.
‘Behind the wheel, it’s a very comfortable, supportive driving position, and the instrument display is easy to read. It’s comfortable for rear-seat passengers, too, and the space available back there makes my Jazz feel very small indeed.
‘My car has a manual gearbox, but I would want an automatic HR-V. I know the auto ’box is limited to the petrol engine but I wouldn’t be buying a diesel anyway as I don’t do enough miles.
‘The only criticism I have is the disappointing storage space. The door pockets are quite small, and while there is space in the centre console, it isn’t too generous.
‘That isn’t enough to put me off, though; it’s definitely on my list.’
‘I’ve owned all-wheel-drive cars for a long time and my next car will need to have it, so I’m a bit disappointed to hear that the HR-V will come with just 2WD at launch.
‘It’s still a great-looking car, though. It’s spot on for the popular small SUV market and the overall design is very well thought out;
I really like it.
‘The boot is amazing for the size of the car, but I do have an issue with the load space cover. It’s just a flimsy bit of material that slides into place. It seems like a bit of an afterthought to me, and isn’t very practical at all. You can’t pile much on it before it collapses inwards, but that’s my only complaint with the car’s practicality.
‘The build quality shines through in the interior, particularly with the controls for the heating and air conditioning, and the new touchscreen infotainment system is very easy to use.`
‘If they bring out more variants I would consider buying one – this car has a lot going for it in terms of style and practicality – but not in the current 2WD guise with the engines available. I’m sure Honda will be selling these like hot cakes.’