We applauded the HR-V’s magic seating...
What's It Like to Live With
The Honda HR-V has a footprint of 4294mm (l) x 1772mm (w) x 1605mm (h) which compares to the Mazda CX-3’s footprint of 4275mm (l) x 1765mm (w) x 1535mm (h). With the mirrors included the width is 2019mm.
The HR-V is easy to live with and getting in and out is a fairly easy affair, although we found that getting into the ideal seating position was not as easy with a lever to adjust the seat recline – we find that dial reclines offer more precision.
All round vision is good, and the steering wheel has full adjustment – the ‘EX’ edition we were driving features front and rear parking sensors – with a parking camera via the central 7” touch screen interface – you can also call on wide angle and close up overview when parking.
The interior space is good with excellent headroom, with three pre-teenage children happily accommodated in the rear; it would be a push to fit in three adults/teenagers. Some very tall people may find the panoramic roof intrusive, although it did let in a great deal of light to the cabin. The front portion slides open at the touch of a button and there is a powered shade, should it all become too much.
The interior is minimal yet functional, and is very well finished with good quality trim throughout. Although only the EX model seems to get a driver’s seat back pocket, which seems a little mean bearing in mind the HR-V is billed as a premium product.
The boot can accommodate 470 litres with the rear seats up which increases to 1533 litres with the 60/40 split rear seats folded down. The Mazda CX-3 boot is smaller at 350 /1260 litres although the HR-V figure does include storage under the boot floor.
We applauded the HR-V’s magic seating, which sees the rear seats able to fold back in the style of those you might find in a theatre – which allows a bike to fit width-wise behind the front seats.
It is perfectly usable for family shopping and holidays for a family of four. It accommodated our adopted company dog, ‘a Greyhound’ and he could travel stood up albeit not as happy as in our CR-V.
It was good to see the ‘EX’ edition we were driving featured LED headlights and daytime running lights, but we were slightly dismayed to see that this does not extend to full beam although there is high beam assist.