Honda HR-V (2015 – 2021) Review
Honda HR-V (2015 – 2021) At A Glance
The Honda Jazz of the same period was used as the base for the Honda HR-V, so it’s a compact SUV. It also means the Honda HR-V inherits much of the Honda Jazz’s cleverness for the cabin, making it far more versatile inside than the likes of the Volkswagen T-Roc, stylish Renault Captur or big-selling Vauxhall Mokka X. However, the Honda HR-V is not the most enjoyable car in its class to drive, especially if you pick one with the CVT-7 automatic gearbox. Read on for our full Honda HR-V review.
The HR-V is Honda’s take on the compact SUV. Although it revives a name from the early 2000s, this was a brand new model for Honda in 2015.
Based on the clever Honda Jazz, it packs practicality and features into a relatively small space, is decent 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 was a simple one. The diesel option is the 1.6-litre i-DTEC – also found in the Honda Civic and the Honda CR-V – which is powerful, smooth and on paper returns mpg in the mid-50s, a figure readers regularly beat, according to our Real MPG data. Impressive for a car of this size.
Petrol power comes via a 1.5-litre engine 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 Honda HR-V’s image as a sensible and practical model.
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 Honda Jazz, which have been its signature since it was first launched in 2002. Why magic? They fold flat like those in normal cars and split, too, but you can also lift and secure the seat squabs themselves, freeing up space for tall items like plants.
In the UK, the Honda HR-V was 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 be better served by a Suzuki Vitara.