Honda HR-V Hybrid Review, the HR-V’s styling, cabin, infotainment and performance make it a great fit for the Toyota Yaris Cross and other compact SUVs. 4.0 of 5 car typesFuel economyCO emissions20-62mphHybrid52.3mpg122g/km10.6s
The compact SUV class is one of the most popular right now, with everyone from Audi to Toyota trying to get their hands on a piece of the action. The Honda HR-V, which will be wholly owned with the company’s ‘e:HEV’ petrol hybrid powertrain, is a new rival for the Toyota Yaris Cross and Hyundai Kona Hybrid, along with the all-important Nissan Juke: the car that started the craze for compact SUVs in England.
In terms of styling, the current HR-V really stands out from its competition; With its coupe-like roofline and minimalist design throughout, it’s a welcome departure from the occasionally overly elaborate looks of several previous Honda fashions. However, to our eyes, the large front grille looks awkward from some angles.
The renovation of the cabin of the HR-V is equally complete. The dash embraces a simple, contemporary format and offers a new nine-inch infotainment touchscreen that’s sharp and responsive, plus a great physical switch for weather manipulation and different capabilities. The First Class cabin is strong on the road and feels as luxurious as anything else in this class; it’s not the most expensive interior, but it feels built to the finish.
There’s a 35mm boost in rear legroom on top of the above car, meaning even taller passengers are welcomed by an incredible amount of knee room once they arrive. to the lower back. There’s also a first-tier amount of free space; Despite lowering the HR-V’s roofline by using 20mm and increasing ground clearance, the battery for Honda’s hybrid drivetrain was prepped under the trunk, not under the rear seat like on some opponents.
However, it does show that the battery eats up the boot, taking up just 319 liters of cargo space, which isn’t the most modest reduction of 32% in the final era, it’s also 103 liters far less than the Nissan Juke and 78 liters in the Toyota Yaris Cross-Best Hybrid.
Not to be outdone, though, Honda’s famous “magic seats” have made their way from the supermini Jazz, providing the ability to flip the rear bed to fit larger items in the rear footwell. Alternatively, you can fold the rear seats flat against the floor of the car, opening up 1,289 liters of potential payload.
The HR-V joins the Jazz supermini, CR-V SUV and next-tech Civic hatchback in Honda’s lineup of more no-frills hybrid motorcycles. That way, whichever version you go for, there’s probably a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that for the most part acts as a generator for the 2 electric motors along with it. The 129 bhp and 253 Nm of torque offered by the e:HEV configuration are enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.6 seconds, with power being sent only to the front wheels.
At low speeds the HR-V creeps along quietly on its own electric power, which makes the car feel quite smooth and copes with a pleasantly rounded metropolis, although there’s a bit more road noise than you’d expect. we would like. However, trying to show up at freeway speed is an additional tax bill; You’re left waiting for the engine to respond, with the car’s structure figuring out how to most effectively place its energy on the road, causing the revs to soar. However, it only appears when you put your foot down.
Otherwise, the HR-V feels solid and confident on the road, with well-weighted single guides and a comfortable ride. On our first inspection abroad, the HR-V couldn’t shave off 45mpg, but when we took it out on UK roads, we saw over 60mpg in mixed driving situations, even above personal economy figures. of Honda fuel for the car.
It sits at the price end of the compact SUV spectrum, starting at close to £27,000; however, there’s still a lot to like about the HR-V, from its styling and cabin design to its class-leading solid construction and amount of interior space, all of which make for a charming compact SUV package. For a more definitive look at the Honda HR-V, read on for the rest of our intensity review…