Honda HR-V review - Reliability and safety

Safety kit for the HR-V is impressive, while Honda has achieved encouraging feedback in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Honda HR-V review - Reliability and safety Rating

4.1 out of 5

Price
£27,025 to £31,725
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Flexible rear space
  • Good build quality
  • Expensive to buy
  • Small boot
  • Noisy under hard acceleration
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While Honda’s latest HR-V has yet to undergo testing by industry safety body, Euro NCAP, the previous model achieved a top five-star rating, and we’d expect the same again for Honda’s small hybrid SUV. 

The manufacturer has focused on strengthening the car’s structure, which should help with crash-test performance, while the HR-V includes a host of driver assistance features such as Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and a Collision Mitigation Braking function. In true Honda style, it has also attended to some smaller tech details by introducing an improved HD camera and uprating its processing hardware to enhance on-board pedestrian-detection systems.

Honda’s approach seems to be striking a chord with customers, as the manufacturer was voted into 6th place out of 29 auto makers in the 2021 Driver Power survey. The HR-V is too new to have featured in the Best car to own poll, but its bigger CR-V sibling finished in an encouraging 25th position on a 75-car list.

Warranty

Honda offers a three-year/90,000-mile warranty for the HR-V, and also allows customers to purchase its Extended Guarantee cover for a further two years. Prices start from around £500.

Servicing

Customers can choose from individual servicing plans, while Honda also offers its Five Service Plan which includes five-years servicing for a charge of around £700. There is the opportunity to upgrade further to Honda’s full Customer Care Package for an extra £399 -  adding a two-year warranty extension and two further years of roadside assistance (in addition to the standard three-year plan).

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