Used Honda HR-V Review (2015-2021) MK2

Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force

4-minute read

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Honda HR-V (2015-2021)

A spacious family SUV, the HR-V's equipped with great onboard technology and provides an excellent driving experience

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  • Good handling
  • Spacious cabin
  • Good infotainment system
  • Boot isn't very spacious
  • Noisy engine
  • No sunroof
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What's the Honda HR-V like?

The Honda HR-V was launched in 1998. It only came with front-wheel drive, like the majority of Nissan Qashqais.

That first HR-V had quirky stand-out-from-the-crowd looks, and it found a ready market around Europe, morphing from a 3-door to a 5-door during over its lifetime.

But the name was brought back from 2015-2021 when the company produced a new crossover to take on the plethora of 4x4 lookalikes on the market.

It’s a good-looking family car that comes, of course, with Honda’s legendary build quality and reliability, and halfway through its life in 2018, there was a decent midlife update.


The range is relatively straightforward, with 4 trim levels - S, SE, EX and Sport and there are just 3 engine options - a 1.6-litre diesel and a 1.5-litre petrol with or without a turbocharger.

The most powerful i-VTEC petrol unit is only available in Sport models and boasts no less than 179bhp and a 0 to 62mph sprint time of just 7.6 seconds. Its government economy figure is 42mpg.

The non-turbo 1.5-litre still has a good level of power with 128bhp, and it sprints from 0 to 62mph in 10.1 seconds while managing the same economy.

The 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel has 118bhp and it reaches 62mph from rest in 9.9 seconds while being capable of no less than 68mpg.

Petrol models are available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or stepped CVT automatic that feels just like any other auto, but that will add an extra cost to the second-hand price tag, and it’s not available on the diesels.

Driving Experience

The HR-V is very car-like to drive but, of course, with a higher ride height that gives good views all around.

There's little roll when pressed through corners, and grip and roadholding are very good. The ride improved over the years of production and became supple and well measured even over the worst of surfaces. But earlier models didn't soak up the lumps quite so well.

The over light steering is typical of many SUVs and communicates little to the driver, but it’s great for manoeuvring in tight spaces.

Interior and Equipment

The cabin is bigger than you might expect from the outside, giving as much people space as its biggest competitors.
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The dash and instruments are beautifully clear, with an upper panel containing a 7-inch touch screen for the Honda Connect infotainment system.

Even the most basic S model gets a CD player, DAB radio and Bluetooth, but go for SE and above to get the better control screen.

EX models and above have leather upholstery, but all come well-equipped.

And all also have Honda’s Magic Seat system that gives a very good combination of people space and cargo carrying if desired.

Other standard kit in the mid-range SE includes cruise, alarm, heated mirrors, audio remote and traction control.

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