After some time out of the spotlight, the HR-V made its return to the Honda line-up. And with it came a fresh design, plenty of great tech and a comfortable interior that would suit many a driver. With the additional Sport version on offer for an additional edge, the HR-V range is made up of quality options that drive as well as they look.
With the first generation version being quite boxy, this new version is much smoother and sportier than before. With muscular features, like the front grille design, sharp lines on the bonnet and side of the model, and a roof-integrated spoiler, the HR-V is an attractive compact crossover with an impressive stance.
With the cabin, Honda has ensured that it is more than practical enough with the addition of its ‘Magic Seats’ in the rear and a 393-litre boot space. Folding the rear seats down allows for 1,456 litre of storage, while all the materials used are durable and built to last. The main features in the cabin are all angled towards the driver so everything is easy to reach while you’re on the go.
The HR-V comes with the option of three engines. The 1.5-litre petrol developing 128bhp comes with either a six-speed manual or CVT - with the manual gearbox offering a faster 0-60mph time of 10.2 seconds. The sole diesel unit - a 1.6-litre option - develops 118bhp and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, getting the HR-V from 0-60mph in 10 seconds flat. The most powerful option is fitted to the HR-V Sport model - a turbocharged version of the 1.5-litre petrol engine that makes 180bhp. That unit means the HR-V can go from 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds and onto a top speed of 134mph.
As with other Honda models, the HR-V comes with a high level of safety equipment. City-Brake Active System, Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist are fitted to all models, while other pieces of kit like Forward Collision Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Departure Warning are all offered throughout the HR-V range. A seven-inch infotainment setup is teamed with Bluetooth, a multifunction steering wheel, rear view camera and parking sensors are also on offer with the HR-V.