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  • Launched in 2015
  • Crossover
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2015
  • Body type
    Crossover
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

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Versatile car, rubbish infotainment system

Best bits

  • Good to drive in and out of town
  • Very practical with a big boot and versatile ‘Magic Seats’
  • Honda has a well-deserved reputation for reliability

Not so great

  • The best engine is only available on Sport models
  • Interior’s well built but not particularly pleasing on the eye
  • Infotainment is rubbish

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Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

Honda HR-V central console

How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Honda HR-V combines a reputation for reliability with a big boot and stylish crossover looks, making it a superb buy on the used market. It represents decent value for money, too, although it’s a shame you’ll have to hunt out an expensive Sport model for the most desirable features. And don’t get us started on that infotainment system..."

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Want a versatile car with a bit more style than the Honda Jazz? You’re not alone. Everyone these days wants a crossover SUV, so Honda brought back the HR-V name in 2015. It’s a small crossover, based on the Jazz and intended to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke, SEAT Arona and Renault Captur – something it has done so well, Honda will soon launch a new one

Just like the Jazz, the HR-V majors on practicality. It’s incredibly spacious, with a boot big enough to rival much bigger cars and a clever rear bench which can flip and fold to accommodate whatever you might throw at it.


The cabin feels well made and functional, if not particularly exciting. But who wants an exciting interior, if it does the job of transporting your family in comfort? Higher-spec models have a few nice touches, and the touch-sensitive climate control buttons look pretty cool (even if they’re not that easy to use on the move).


The seven-inch media system which is standard across most of the range is clunky to use, and not a patch on the display used in the latest Jazz. It combines dated graphics with slow responses and isn’t even available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Not good.


The HR-V’s engine line-up was initially fairly simple. Older models are available with a 1.5-litre petrol engine, producing 130PS, or a 1.6 diesel with 120PS. Neither are particularly quick, especially as the petrol is a naturally-aspirated unit that saves its maximum power for the upper echelons of the rev range. 


This was addressed in 2019 when the Sport was added to the HR-V line-up. This used a turbocharger to boost power from the petrol engine to 182PS. It’s surprisingly fun to drive, with a decent turn of pace and darty handling thanks to its performance suspension.


No matter which engine you go for, the HR-V is quite a harsh-riding car. This isn’t conducive to comfort. We’d much rather Honda had dialled it back a bit to compete with the bouncy Citroen C3 Aircross, but some will appreciate its agility.


Anywho, there’s plenty to like about the HR-V. It represents decent value for money (especially once depreciation’s taken a few grand off the list price), and it’s a lot more practical than the likes of the Nissan Juke.


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Honda HR-V

1.5 i-VTEC SE CVT 5dr

  • 2020
  • 3,853 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Marshall Honda Scarborough
  • Yorkshire, YO124HE
Price:£22,570
PCP: £355.94/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £355.94, Customer Deposit: £3,385.00, Total Deposit: £3,385.50, Optional Final Payment: £10,055.50, Total Charge For Credit: £3,684.84, Total Amount Payable: £26,254.84, Representative APR: 8.4%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 4.32%, Excess Mileage Charge: 14.9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Honda HR-V

1.5 i-VTEC EX CVT 5dr

  • 2020
  • 7,351 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Norton Way Honda Letchworth
  • Hertfordshire, SG61BL
Price:£23,901
PCP: £369.64/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £369.64, Customer Deposit: £3,585.00, Total Deposit: £3,585.15, Optional Final Payment: £10,987.02, Total Charge For Credit: £3,608.57, Total Amount Payable: £27,509.57, Representative APR: 7.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 4.05%, Excess Mileage Charge: 5.55ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Honda HR-V right for you?

Whether you’re a trendy young city slicker or a family wanting a versatile and reliable little SUV, the Honda HR-V is a very good choice. It’s more spacious than rivals like the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, while also being better to drive.


There are downsides. Its ride will shake out your fillings - particularly on models with big alloy wheels - and the standard engines are a little underpowered. Not everyone will get on with the CVT automatic gearbox, either. Our biggest criticism is the abysmal infotainment system, but that needn’t be a deal-breaker.

What’s the best Honda HR-V model/engine to choose?

If it’s within budget, we’d recommend the HR-V Sport. Its turbocharged engine has the grunt that’s missing from the standard petrol (and even the diesel), while its red interior injects a bit of much-needed brashness.


If you’re not fussed about performance, the SE model will have all the kit most buyers will need. Things like a reversing camera, extra safety kit and dual climate control are all desirable features. If you’d prefer something a bit more luxurious, look for a top-spec EX with its leather seats and a panoramic sunroof.

What other cars are similar to the Honda HR-V?

If the HR-V isn’t the car for you, there’s no shortage of very good alternatives. The Vauxhall Mokka X sells in big numbers and represents decent value for money, while the Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic both come with long warranties and loads of kit. Nissan’s Juke is a fashionable choice, as is the SEAT Arona. The latest Ford Puma’s practical and great to drive (if a bit pricey), while the Suzuki Vitara makes for a dependable used purchase. You could also look at the Mazda CX-3, Citroen C3 Aircross, Peugeot 2008… you get the idea.

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Honda HR-V front interior

On the inside

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Driving

Honda HR-V central console

How much does it cost to run

Honda HR-V boot open

Prices, versions and specification

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