ON TEST WITH
Honda HR-V 1.5 i-VTEC – S.
Price from: £19,795 (not including fitted options)
When you first see the HR-V you might start to think is it a coupe or an SUV?
That’s exactly what I thought when it arrived on my driveway, but I have been told that Honda wanted it to have the lines of a coupe but also the robustness of an SUV.
And to be honest, they seem to have pulled that off rather well. Now the HR-V is one of the better looking SUVs on the market.
Power and Efficiency: The 1.5-litre i-VTEC has 130PS and 155Nm of torque, all thanks to Honda doing such a wonderful job of getting the best out of this fantastic little petrol engine. It is so far one of the better ones I have come across for its size. The engine feels very refined and has bags of torque when you need it the most which makes motorway driving easy and quiet.
The HR-V will also return a combined 42.8 MPG if driven with a light right foot and the emissions came in at a very respectable 130 g/km. Top speed will also stop at around 119mph and 0 to 62 in around 10.2 seconds.
On the road: The HR-V does not feel heavy at all and you can sense Honda has put in a lot of effort in setting up the suspension and chassis to help deal with the different surfaces the HR-V will encounter.
Design & Technology: The interior is a good standard and the controls are well set out with clear dials. I did not like the driver’s seat as I found I just couldn’t get the seating position perfect for me, but then I am quite fussy. Space inside is good, better than most, and you could easily fit in a very large amount of luggage.
Everything inside the HR-V feels well put together because it’s a Honda and you know it will last until the end of time. Passenger legroom is also fine, as is the boot space with a seat up capacity of (431 litres) and a seats folded flat capacity of (1456 litres).
Standard equipment on the S model includes LED daytime running lights, Honda Connect with Garmin navigation, parking sensors, heated seats, LED headlights, smart keyless entry and start, rear view camera, brake assist, DAB radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control and cruise control with speed limiter.
The list does not stop there. You also get magic seats, power windows, ISOFIX points, alarm and immobiliser system, hill start assist and vehicle stability assist.
To sum up: A good buy. If you are searching for one of the best looking compact SUVs currently on the market, with the addition of some good specification even in basic trim, and enough space to keep any large family happy, then the HR-V could be the perfect fit for you.