The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

An affordable family SUV for smaller families

Starting price: £27,960

Pros

Large touchscreen

Storage

Rear “magic seats”

Heated steering wheel

Cons

Room for only 2 child seats in the rear

Full leather seats not an option

Middle rear seat belt awkward to fasten in place

Intro

The Honda HR-V has had a much improved makeover.  It’s a fabulous SUV that oozes style on the road, we loved it!  There are 3 trims – Elegance, Advance, Advance Style. We drove the Advance, self-charging hybrid.  It’s worth noting that the car is only available as a self charging hybrid, meaning the car charges the battery when you brake, so no need to plug in.  It’s great to see Honda moving with the times and nice to know you’re doing your bit for the environment.

The HR-V has a keyless entry and start and once the engine is switched on using the start/stop button, you’ll immediately noticed how quiet the car is as you set off, due to the electric mode.  The drive itself is great and the HR-V really moves when you put your foot down due to 1.5 litre engine.  Being an SUV, means the seating position is nice and high, so road visibility is good and this does give a sense of feeling safer too. The steering wheel has a small, sporty feel and is also heated for those cold winter months.  If you’ve never experienced a heated steering wheel, there’s no going back, toasty warm hands are a game changer in the morning!

Cruise control comes as standard and the Advance trim has blind spot indicators on the wing mirrors – very handy for motorway driving or letting you know a cyclist has come up the inside track. There’s also an SOS button for emergencies.

Interior

We were impressed with Honda’s stylish interior, sadly a panoramic sunroof to lighten up the inside is not available but we recognise this is a luxury.  The sleek dashboard has a large central 9 inch touchscreen which is incredibly easy to use and manipulate. Smartphone integration comes as standard, allowing you to access your phone’s features on the infotainment system.  We simply loved how clear our map app looked on the screen!  There is also a 7 inch digital cockpit behind the steering wheel, making driving the car seem that little bit more high end. Honda boast their My Honda + app, available on all their new cars, which allows your phone to become an extension of your car.  You can discover all manner of updates about the HR-V, check whether you locked it and much more.

The dual climate control is operated by buttons and not through the infotainment system, as with some cars.  We prefer this and find it not only easier but also safer whilst driving.  There are central air vents in the rear to help warm the little ones up or keep them cool.

Front and rear parking sensors help make parking the car stress free and the rear camera is crystal clear on the screen.  The large, heated wing mirrors provide great visibility too.  Sadly, a 360° camera (bird’s eye view of the car) is not available.  Not the end of the world, but we do love these cameras that help to make parking a car, a piece of cake.

Seats & Passenger Space

The seats in the Honda HR-V are a combination of synthetic leather and fabric, and the front seats are heated. Sadly, full leather is not an option. There’s lots of height and leg space for the driver and passenger in the front and the same can be said for the back.  Get past the unusual outside rear door handles (which are out of a child’s reach at least) and you’ll find privacy glass (tinted windows) and 2 ISOFIX points on the rear bench.

We were disappointed that we could only get 2 child seats on the back seat and not 3 (even our smallest booster seat wouldn’t fit in the centre).  The middle seat is slightly raised too, which makes things a little tricky and whilst a 3rd child could probably squeeze themselves in the middle, they would have to forgo a booster.  It’s also worth mentioning that the middle seat belt begins life high up in the car ceiling (like some taxis) and has to be fastened in 2 separate places.

This therefore means that 3 adults would be incredibly cosy!

Cups & Cubby

Honda have clearly had families in mind when thinking about their storage.  The glove box is a reasonable size for a medium SUV and there is a large storage tray for phones and keys behind the gear stick. This is also where you’ll find 2 USB ports to connect your phone.  However, opt for the Advance Style and you’ll gain a wireless phone charger. There are 2 cupholders in the front in between the driver and passenger seat which could accommodate our large water bottle and there is a small amount of storage in the armrest.  The door bins in the front are also a good size and could hold our water bottle.

In the rear, the door bins are at arm level as opposed to being in the lower part of the door, but they are on the small side. If there are only 2 passengers in the back, the central column drops down to reveal 2 more cupholders, however our large water bottle wouldn’t fit.

We were delighted to find large storage pockets on the back of the driver and passenger seats – these are some of the biggest we’ve seen.  You’ll easily fit an iPad, books and much more in there!  There are also 2 central USB ports next to a little storage tray.  Another lovely surprise was the extra storage we found under the rear seats – this is something we have not seen before!  Honda call them their “Magic Seats.” Not only do they provide extra space for kiddies to chuck their stuff under, but they also retract vertically like cinema seats. The huge space created can accommodate a small bike or piece of furniture, thus meaning you won’t need to struggle lifting such items into the boot at an awkward angle. This is genius and we were impressed!

Boot Space

The HR-V boot is a good size for a medium SUV at 319 litres, but there are bigger boots out there if this is high up on your priority list, such as the Audi Q3 or Nissan Qashqai.  It’s also worth noting if you opt for the top trim – Advance Style, the boot is a mere 304 litres due to its upgraded sound system.  This is disappointing unless a built in car disco is your thing!

The boot opening is nice and wide, so getting things in and out is relatively easy.  There was plenty of room left for shopping and school bags once our stroller was in there.  When placing a pram in the boot, you will notice a difference and whilst you’ll get the odd bag around it, you certainly won’t get a weekly shop in too.

Honda have provided a powered tailgate (boot button on the car key) on the HR-V, which makes life so much simpler when opening and closing the boot with your hands full.

Summary

Overall, we were very much impressed with Honda’s HR-V, it’s a great medium SUV that has many family, friendly features.  If you can manage with the slightly smaller boot and haven’t the need for a 3rd booster seat in the rear, we would definitely recommend booking a test drive.

Car seats used in this review – 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Maxi-Cosi Pebble (width 43cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4340 mm (L) x 1790 mm (W) x 1582 mm (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

319 Litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

100 cm

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

45.5

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 9.3 secs