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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Honda HR-V

Overall verdict
Not as good to drive as we hoped, but the interior design and space makes up for it. Solid effort


Interior packaging, gearbox, economy, cabin design


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 i-DTEC Black Edition 5dr
10.2s 108g/km 68.9 120 £26,625
The cheapest
1.5 i-VTEC Black Edition 5dr
10.4s 134g/km 50.4 130 £24,745
The greenest
1.6 i-DTEC Black Edition 5dr
10.2s 108g/km 68.9 120 £26,625
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