If the usual crop of small crossovers and SUVs such as the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Nissan Qashqai don’t float your boat then don’t worry, the all-new Honda HR-V is now on sale and ready to take the crown away from the class-leaders.
Based on the new Honda Jazz’s platform, the HR-V is longer, wider and taller than the Jazz but still offers about as much interior space as the Nissan Qashqai in a much smaller body. If you want to know more about the Honda HR-V, keep reading on to discover if it can fit into your life.
The Honda HR-V’s exterior dimensions place it into a little segment of its own, not directly rivalling any other vehicle in the market. For example, it’s over 150mm longer than the extremely popular Nissan Juke yet it’s nearly 100mm shorter in length than the Nissan Qashqai. The HR-V is also taller and longer than the Renault Captur yet the Captur is the wider vehicle – useful if you often parallel park on busy roads and want to minimise the chances of losing a door mirror overnight.
Inside, there’s plenty of headroom, legroom and shoulder room front and rear. Honda’s trademark is making small cars feel roomy inside and the HR-V is no different.
|Front knee room||495mm|
|Rear knee room||480mm|
With a boot measuring 470 litres with the rear seats in place and 1,533 litres with the rear seats folded, the HR-V is easily capable of carrying all the usual family requirements. The HR-V’s boot is 40 litres bigger than the Nissan Qashqai’s, and a whopping 116-litres roomier than the two-wheel drive Nissan Juke.
If you want to increase luggage capacity without all the hassle of folding all the rear seats down, Honda has a clever ‘Magic Seat’ system which allows the rear seat base to be flipped up. Think of it much like a cinema chair, or a really comfy version of the seating you get when watching your favourite football team.
Fuel tank capacity
The Honda HR-V will only be available with a 1.5-litre petrol or a 1.6-litre diesel engine from launch. Each engine is fitted with a 50-litre fuel tank. The petrol unit ranges between 49.6mpg on the combined cycle and 52.3mpg depending on which trim level is chosen and which gearbox is specified. The diesel units range from 68.9mpg to 70.6mpg.
The theoretical maximum range the HR-V can achieve then ranges from 546 miles to 575 miles for the 1.5-litre petrol unit and 758 miles to 776 miles for the 1.6-litre diesel.
The Honda HR-V is only available with two-wheel drive, so the only difference in the weight of the models is through which engine is chosen and the gearbox specified. The car with the 1.5-litre petrol engine fitted weighs a minimum of 1,241kg and the diesel powered versions are a little heavier at 1,324kg.
|Minimum kerbweight (petrol engine)||1,241kg|
|Minimum kerbweight (diesel engine)||1,324kg|
The Honda HR-V has a minimum turning circle of 10.6m which isn’t too bad for this area of the market. For comparison, the Nissan Juke and Qashqai both have slightly larger turning circles of 10.7m. The tightest-turning car in this class is the Renault Captur, which can about-face in 10.42m.