Honda HRV

The Honda HRV (High-Rider Revolutionary Vehicle) is the car that everyone wants at the moment, a small SUV / compact crossover call it what you will, basically it’s a car that fits four adults and their luggage offering the benefit of a higher position to enhance the view out. Honda have made the HRV with this in mind and have not gone to the extremes of adding an all wheel drive option or even some clever trickery to kid anyone into thinking it will ‘green lane’. It’s an approach that has paid dividends, the HRV has sold over 1.5 million units worldwide making it the most popular choice in its class. The first thing you notice is that the HRV is a great looking car, the long nose and hidden rear door handles give it an almost coupe look, it’s compact exterior  dimensions are instantly forgotten when you sit inside, it’s comfortable, airy and offers great views. The rear passenger space is excellent for four, not for five, the HRV is quite a narrow car, the boot at 470 litres is 40 litres up on on the larger Nissan Qashqai and a whopping 118 litres bigger than the similar sized Nissan Juke.



The HRV, to Mobility customers, is available in either ‘S’ or ‘SE’ trim, sadly the SE ‘Navi’ with the additional Garmin Sat Nav does not make it. The base trim is very well equipped: 16 inch alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, CD player, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, audio controls on the steering wheel, climate control for the air-con, cruise control, dusk sensing lights, all-round electric windows and a full complement of airbags. The SE adds 17 inch alloys, parking sensors front and rear, automatic wipers, seven-inch colour touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, leather wrapping for the steering wheel and gear knob and the Driver Assistance Safety Pack which comprises Collision Warning, intelligent Speed Assist which reads road signs and alters your speed accordingly and Lane Departure Warning. All cars come with the rear ‘magic seats’ where the seats flip up like cinema seats to give additional room, perfect for the trip home from IKEA where you have inadvertently purchased a pot plant or even better a folded wheelchair, they are a really nice touch and systematic of the thought of design that has gone into the HRV, it is a car that is incredibly easy to like.


There are two engine options, a 1.5 litre petrol that produces 128bhp, but peak torque is only 155Nm meaning you have to work the engine hard to access it, as it’s not at ‘peak’ until 4,600rpm. If you need a sudden burst of forward motion, you’ll be regularly swapping ratios on the standard six-speed manual gearbox to extract the performance (0-62mph in 10.2 seconds) and if you opt for the CVT automatic the revs go right up and the car catches up later. Shame. The 1.6 litre is only avaialble as a six speed manual, but it’s a peach, producing 118bhp with 300Nm of torque from 2,000rpm making it a joy to drive, the 0-62 time of 10 seconds pays testament to its pull. The quoted economy figure of 70.6mpg is clearly unachievable but you should see close to 50mpg in the real world.

 Autumn Best Buy – Honda HRV ‘S’ 1.6 118bhp Diesel Manual  –  £549 Advance Payment (£64.71 wpms) or £749 (£66.04 wpms) in SE trim