Honda HR-V review

Honda may have begun to emerge from the design ruts. At least, so far as its main cars are concerned.

The electric Honda E has made the city car most unique since the original Smart. Even the new Jazz retains a kei-car appeal that the old model lacked. Although these cars are not as popular with petrolheads, they now sit comfortably alongside the instantly recognisable Honda sports cars, the NSX, and Civic Type R.

The HR-V is the most recent model to get a makeover. This crossover, which was previously unknown, has been a significant engine room for Honda in terms global sales volumes. The car is in the same category as the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008, but its main competitors are the Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen T-Roc, and the Volkswagen T-Roc. This is a highly populated class with plenty of competition for HR-V. Honda has therefore pulled out all the stops to create a coupe-mimicking crossover.

The third-generation HRV has a very sleek design. We’ll get to that in a moment. However, it is hybrid-only, as indicated by the e:HEV element of its name. It can drive at highway speeds like an EV, but it uses its motor alone on the motorway for maximum efficiency. On routes that are somewhere in between, it blends both engines. In this sense, it follows the hybrid-only Jazz. The HR-V is Honda’s most significant step on the road to electrifying all its European mainstream models by 2022.

Honda doesn’t aim to create a new aesthetic or improve efficiency. Honda claims that the HR-V is class-leading in terms of cabin comfort and packaging. And, as if all that weren’t enough, it also claims that the HR-V was “engineered for joy of driving”. How true is that claim? Let’s see.

A glance at the Honda HR-V lineup

The original HR-V could be ordered with either a 1.5-litre petrol engine or a 1.6 litre diesel engine. However, neither of these options has been transferred to the new model which comes with Honda’s hybrid powertrain.

There are three trim levels to choose from: Advance Style, Elegance, and Advance Style. All models include Honda’s Magic Seats, the foldable rear bench, and parking sensors. However, only the highest trims have LED lights, a powered tailgate and wireless phone charging.