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The Top Gear car review:Honda HR-V
For:Interior packaging, gearbox, economy, cabin design
Against:Diesel’s noise intrusion, steering should be sharper and chassis more nimble
What is it?
This is not the first Honda HR-V. Back in 1999 Honda launched the nameplate with a three-door SUV. It was small, cool and a crossover long before the term was ever invented. It’s eventual replacement arrives nine years after the old one died, is five-door only and comes into a market where the term crossover is becoming a well-worn buzzword. Stylish and smart, it’s available with either petrol or diesel engines, the option of a CVT gearbox and with four trim levels to choose from.