Honda HR-V (2015) Review

Honda HR-V (2015) At A Glance

4/5

+Highly practical and versatile thanks to 'magic' seats. Strong i-DTEC diesel.

-Not available with four-wheel drive. Drivers expecting sportscar performance won't get on with the CVT-7. Sport model is an odd fit.

New prices start from £19,795
Insurance Groups are between 18–22
On average it achieves 84% of the official MPG figure

The HR-V is Honda’s take on the compact SUV. Although it revives a name from the early 2000s, this is a brand new model for Honda. Based on the clever Jazz, it packs practicality and features into a compact space, is good to drive and boasts affordable running costs. It makes a very strong case for itself as an all-rounder for small families.

The UK range is a simple one. The diesel option is the 1.6-litre i-DTEC - also found in the Civic and CR-V - which is powerful, smooth and on paper returns mid-50s mpg - a figure readers regularly beat, according to our Real MPG data. Impressive for a car of this size.

Petrol power is a 1.5-litre with or without a turbo. The standard 1.5 i-VTEC is available with a manual or CVT automatic gearbox and will suit most buyers with its satisfactory performance and early-40s mpg fuel economy.

The top-spec Sport model comes with a turbocharged version of the 1.5 engine. It's a weird combination, slightly at odds with the HR-Vs image as a sensible and practical crossover SUV. It's fairly quick, while fake noise piped into the cabin means it sounds sporty, too. But it's very low geared, meaning it's quite noisy at motorway speeds.

Practicality comes in the form of a generous 470-litre boot and the clever ‘magic seats’ from the Jazz, which have been its signature since it was first launched in 2002. Why magic? They fold flat like normal cars and also split, but you can also lift and secure the seat squabs themselves, freeing up space for all items like plants.

In the UK, the HR-V is only available with front-wheel drive. This will be fine for the majority of buyers, but those wanting to tackle unmade roads and farm tracks will need to look elsewhere.

Real MPG average for a Honda HR-V (2015)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

84%

Real MPG

33–70 mpg

MPGs submitted

188

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What's the best small crossover or SUV for a hilly environment?
"I live in rural Wales and need a small-medium car or SUV with decent ground clearance, which can handle potholes, floods and snow. Service and running costs are also a consideration. It'll be my wife's vehicle to work, about 12k miles per year. About £10k available to purchase a suitable vehicle."
Take a look at the Suzuki Vitara. It's a brilliant little crossover SUV that sounds like it'd suit your wife's requirements well. It'll be cheap to run, too. We'd also recommend a Honda HR-V or, if your wife would prefer a hatchback, take a look at the Ford Fiesta Active. It's a Fiesta with an increased ride height which should provide a bit more confidence on rural roads. It might push the budget but there are a few available for less than £10,000.
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I need to replace my diesel car. Which petrol SUVs are most reliable?
"Our 2012 Peugeot 3008 diesel needs to be replaced as we live in London. I want Japanese reliability and my wife wants an SUV for the school run, Ikea trips and the occasional motorway journey. I’d love a Toyota RAV4 but the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross and Vitara are more suited to our £10k budget. What would you go for? Is there anything else we should look at? Many thanks."
How about a Honda HR-V? It's just dropping below your budget and is a very practical little crossover that ought to be extremely reliable. Otherwise, our money would go on one of the Suzuki models you've mentioned. The SX4 S-Cross is a bit more spacious but the Vitara is a more stylish choice.
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Could you recommend a petrol SUV with a low boot lip?
"Unfortunately, our 1998 Toyota RAV4 has a slipping clutch and signs of rust. We're looking for a high-seated petrol SUV, preferably with a low boot lip so a dog can jump in. We like the looks of the Ford Ecosport (which I know you don't rate) and the Mazda CX-3. What would you recommend in this crowded market? It will be used mostly on local runs with the occasional longer trip. We have about £14,500 to spend. Thanks."
The Ford EcoSport has been heavily updated a few times. It might not be the best crossover in its class but examples from 2018 onwards are much better than earlier models. One of these will be in budget and will likely meet all your requirements. The CX-3 would be a good alternative, while we'd also recommend a Suzuki Vitara or a Honda HR-V.
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Are CVT auto gearboxes good?
"I'm thinking about getting a vehicle with a CVT transmission. Possibly Honda HR-V or Nissan Qashqai. My preference would be a torque converter auto, though this seems to limit the range of choices. I did own a 2008 Qashqai auto but did not quite gel with it. Is the newer Qashqai an improvement and how do you rate the Honda CVT? Many thanks in anticipation."
CVT transmissions are generally very reliable and efficient, although they can be troublesome in the Nissan Qashqai. Honda's CVT gearbox is better, although it does create quite a lot of noise during acceleration. How about a Peugeot 2008 or 3008? Both are available with a good torque-converter automatic gearbox.
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