First introduced in 2016, the Honda HR-V continues to make waves in the small SUV market, making for an attractive alternative to the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008, Mazda CX-3 and Suzuki Vitara.
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Recently refreshed, the third-generation Honda HR-V boasts a bold new look inspired by Honda's e:Concept prototype, with its broad radiator grille and 20mm lower coupe-style roofline. Honda also increased the HR-V's ride height by 10mm, adding to its bold new stance.
Despite its relatively compact size, the HR-V offers decent passenger space inside and is much roomier than its rival, the Nissan Juke. Honda's 60/40 split second-row 'Magic Seats' allow the rear seats to be folded up against the seatbacks, making it easier to fit taller items in the back.
The HR-V's 470-litre boot space can also be expanded to 1,533 litres with the rear seats folded down. That's around 250 litres more than the Mazda CX-3 and nearly 350 litres more than the Nissan Juke, making for plenty of room for all the family's luggage.
Inside, the Honda HR-V boasts a futuristic interior with funky touch-sensitive heating and ventilation controls. The HR-V's sweeping dashboard provides a spacious and calming experience, and despite some cheap-feeling plastics, the HR-V still feels a lot more upmarket than its rivals, the Suzuki Vitara and Peugeot 2008. Shame then that Honda's seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system isn't the most straightforward system to use.
There are four trim levels to choose from, including the S, SE, Sport and EX.
The entry-level S model comes with cruise control, climate control, a multifunction steering wheel, alloy wheels, and plenty of safety kit, including automatic emergency braking as standard.
The mid-range SE gets a leather-trimmed steering wheel, extra speakers for the standard DAB digital radio, Garmin sat-nav and 17-inch alloy wheels.
As implied by the name, the Sport trim adds sporty styling, including 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-mode paddle shifters, sports pedals, gloss-black underbody spoilers, and optional AWD.
The top-spec EX version gets leather seats and a panoramic glass roof.
Under the bonnet, the Honda HR-V combines a 1.5-litre petrol engine with two electric motors for increased efficiency. The 60 cell battery pack gives the HR-V a combined output of 129bhp for improved performance.
The hybrid has three drive modes to choose from: Sport mode, which provides a sharper throttle response; Econ, which alters the air-conditioning and throttle for increased efficiency; and Normal, for a middle-ground between the two.
Out on the road, the Honda HR-V performs pretty well and is similar to the Nissan Qashqai in terms of comfort and handling. The HR-V also manages to smooth out bumps well while at higher speeds and feels stable and secure.
Prices for the new Honda HR-V start from £27,835.00 OTR* or to lease from Price On Request per month.
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What's more, with fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and flexible mileage and contract terms, leasing a Honda HR-V could be cheaper to lease than you think.
*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and typically includes one year’s road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Always check with the manufacturer.