Stylish, spacious and powered by hybrid technology, the new Honda HR-V e:HEV has a contemporary coupe-SUV body that appeals through the simplicity of its design and a wealth of top features. I spent a week behind the wheel getting to know the motor.

Style file

The five-door compact SUV (sports utility vehicle) has a dynamic look and sleek silhouette, the coupe-style design enhanced by ‘concealed’ handles for the rear passenger doors, tucked away alongside the downward slope of the side windows. With a bold, body-coloured front grille and a sleek full-length light-bar at the rear, the car’s style is pleasingly distinctive.

There is a solid, premium feel, about the interior which has contemporary fabrics and soft-touch materials. The modern, minimalist aesthetic is created by the horizontal sweep of the instrument panel and uncluttered lines and surfaces throughout. 


The HR-V comes in three well-equipped trim grades, Elegance, Advance and Advance Style. Our Advance model boasted features including rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, heated leather-trimmed steering wheel and heated door mirrors, air diffusion system, hands-free powered tailgate, coming home/leaving home headlights function, rear interior reading lights, sun-visor vanity mirror illumination, six-speaker sound system, satnav and a comprehensive connectivity suite.

There is also a wealth of hi-tech safety features including collision mitigation throttle control, forward collision warning, intelligent speed limiter, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, road departure mitigation, traffic sign recognition system, and blind spot information including cross-traffic monitor.

On the practicality front, boot capacity is 304 litres with the rear seat-back up, expanding to 1,274 litres with the seat-back down, and the car features the renowned flexibility of Honda’s ‘magic seats’ system. The tailgate provides a wide and tall aperture, low entry point and flat cargo floor, all helping easy-loading access.

Interior storage space includes a large centre cubby which swallows items large and small, while there are two USB charging sockets in the front and two in the back of the cabin.

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Tech time

The new HR-V has a single powertrain, a charge-on-the-go hybrid system, with 129bhp  petrol-electric power from a 1.5-litre Atkinson-cycle internal combustion engine and two electric motors, mated to an automatic transmission of the CVT (continuously variable transmission) variety. Electrical power is stored in a lithium-ion battery.

From start-up, the car uses electric power, then seamlessly switches between ‘electric drive’, ‘hybrid drive’ or ‘engine drive’ depending on which is the most fuel-efficient drive mode at that specific driving situation.

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On the road

With its elevated seating position, the HR-V offers great visibility and the whole driving experience is one of comfort and ease, with pleasant ride and handling. Performance figures are 0-62mph in 10.7 seconds and a top speed of 106mph, with a combined 67.3 mpg figure and combined CO2 figure of 96g/km.


With hybrid efficiency, class-leading space and enjoyable driving experience, the new HR-V is a strong contender in a very competitive sector of the car market.

Price: £31,035 OTR