Honda HR-V Video Review
The second generation Honda HR-V aims to stake a strong claim for the Japanese brand in the growing compact crossover market. This time round, it’s more spacious and better equipped to take on segment leaders like Nissan’s Juke and Renault’s Captur. Buyers choose from either a 1.5 petrol unit or a 1.6 diesel, both sending drive to the front wheels. It looks good and deserves to do very well.
Okay, stop us if you’ve heard this one before. A car with about as much interior space as you’d get in a Ford Fiesta, with raised ride height and funky styling. Solidly built from a respected Japanese manufacturer and offered with the option of front or all-wheel drive. It’s the massive-selling Nissan Juke, right? No. It’s the Honda HR-V. This car, originally advertised as the ‘joy machine’, appeared on our radars way back in 1999, before the market was really comfortable with the idea of a supermini-sized crossover.
While its more conventional sibling, the CR-V, thrived, the HR-V sold in reasonable numbers but it was one of those cars that was probably somewhat ahead of its time. Many just didn’t get the concept and it disappeared from Honda’s product range in 2005. Fast forward a decade though, and Honda has decided that it’s ready for another crack at the compact crossover segment with this second generation HR-V.