Honda HR-V (2015 – 2021) Review

Honda HR-V (2015 – 2021) At A Glance


+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 £22,190
Insurance Groups are between 18–22
On average it achieves 86% 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 – 2021)


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


Real MPG

35–70 mpg

MPGs submitted


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Can you recommend a replacement for a Nissan Juke?
"I’m looking to replace a petrol Nissan 2015 Juke in Tekna trim. My wife now needs an electric handbrake. I’d like good all round visibility and a raised driving position, LED headlights and, if possible, parking sensors (although I realise these can be an aftermarket fitting). My original thought was a new Dacia Sandero Stepway in Prestige trim. Our budget is less than £20,000. What else (probably secondhand) should I consider?"
We'd recommend a Mazda CX-3. It's a similar size to your Juke with a high seating position, LED headlights and an electronic parking brake across the range. SE-L models and above get parking sensors, while the Sport Nav has a reversing camera. Also consider a Honda HR-V. You'll get a late example of the last-generation model within budget. Look for an SE, EX or Sport model for front/rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. It comes with an excellent manual gearbox while the latest examples had LED lights as standard across the range.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which plug-in hybrid small SUV should I buy?
"I'm looking to replace my 2016 1.6 diesel Honda H-RV and I am considering hybrid or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). I am retired and mostly do short journeys (up to 40 miles) but I also do long distance about once a month. I am nervous about going for full electric (should I be?). I like the high up driving position of the H-RV and I want to avoid a diesel engine next time."
A pure electric vehicle might make sense if you can charge at home (i.e. have off-road parking with access to electricity). Take a look at the Hyundai Kona Electric, for example. It's a brilliant small SUV with an official range of up to 300 miles. This'll be slightly less in reality, but the public charging infrastructure is rapidly improving and most motorway service stations will be able to provide a boost in range in the time it takes to grab a coffee and use the facilities. The recently improved MG ZS EV is also worth a look, particularly if you're on a budget. If you'd prefer the safety blanket of a petrol engine, we'd recommend a Renault Captur E-Tech or the slightly bigger Kia Niro PHEV.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best mid-size car for comfort?
"Could you please recommend a mid-size car with ease of passenger access and pliant ride quality?"
Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR and Citroen C5 Aircross are all comfortable cars with elevated seating positions for ease of access.
Answered by Dan Powell
My dash cam can't go behind the rearview mirror. Where should I place it?
"I'm thinking of fitting a dash cam to my 2016 Honda HR-V but the large sensor housing on the windscreen does not allow me to fit it behind the rearview mirror. Any ideas about the next best place?"
A dash cam needs to be mounted so it has a clear view of the road ahead and towards the edge of the windscreen so it doesn’t intrude more than 40mm into the area covered by the sweep of the wipers. The most important thing to bear in mind is to ensure it doesn't distract you or obstruct your view. Due to the same issue you face with the sensor housing, I keep my dash camera in the lefthand corner, with the wire routed down along the trim of the windscreen, under the passenger footwell mat, and then plugged into the 12v socket. It's all very neat and out of the way without being hardwired. You should be fine to leave it plugged in when the engine is off, but some models don't automatically cut off power to the 12v when the engine is off - which can lead to a flat battery, so best to check before you go leaving it plugged in all the time. If you do decide to get it hard-wired, Halfords are quite good — but you may need to alert your insurer as some of them consider it a modification that can result in a voided policy if not mentioned.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
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