Honda HR-V Road Test

Honda HR-V (Interior View)

Honda HR-V Review

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scored a five star rating out of the maximum possible five stars....


The Honda HR-V was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and scored a five star rating out of the maximum possible five stars.

It scored 86% for adult occupancy, 79% for child occupancy, 72% for pedestrian protection and 71% for safety assist. This compares to the Mazda CX-3 that scored five stars too when it was tested in 2015, it scored 85% for adult occupancy, 79% for child occupancy, 84% for pedestrian protection and 64% for safety assist.

We were testing the ‘EX’ edition which comes with City-Brake Active, Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent-Speed Limiter with Traffic Sign Recognition and Land Departure Warning – as do all grades from the ‘SE’ upwards.

Other standard safety equipment includes 6 airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist and ABS with EBD.


From the SE Navi model onwards the HR-V comes with Honda’s connect infotainment system with Garmin Navigation. The connect system comprises a 6 speaker system with CD player, a DAB FM/AM radio, internet radio (subject to data connection via smartphone, etc), app integration, internet browser – with two USB ports and two HDMI ports – plus Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. It allows for control over a Bluetooth enabled phone to make and receive hands free telephone calls.

Audio quality was acceptable on this class of car, and the navigation system was easy to use, although the smaller icons were a little hard to hit on the move. There is some replication of the system via the controls on the steering wheel, including phone and audio controls.

The climate control system also features touch sensitive controls, not too sure how well this would all work on a cold day if you should wear gloves.

The Competition
  • Skoda Yeti
  • Nissan Qashqai
  • Renault Captur
What We Liked
  • Styling and overall packaging
  • Drives well
  • Well equipped
  • Fuel Economy
What We Disliked
  • EX edition a little pricey
  • Would like the see electric adjustment on the EX model driver’s seat
  •  We applaud the LED headlights, but disappointed they are not full LED lights.
  • Touch Screen infotainment and Climate control maybe a little hard to use on the move

We really enjoyed our time with the Honda HR-V there is no doubt it is classier with better standard equipment than the Nissan Qashqai but it would be a difficult decision, and then you cannot discount the Skoda Yeti, all of which are fine cars.

The ‘EX’ edition is a little pricey with not much gain over the ‘SE Navi’ which would be the model of our choice.

22 May 2016 Melanie Carter
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Honda HR-V Road Test Data
Model ReviewedHonda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC EX
Body Type5-door SUV
ColourCrystal Black Pearl
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph10.5 Seconds
Top Speed 119.3 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)108 g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban64.2 mpg
Extra Urban72.4 mpg
Combined68.9 mpg
Insurance Group
Euro NCAP Rating5-stars
Warranty3 Years / 90,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 22/05/16)£26,055 + £525 paint as tested

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