Honda HR-V review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
The HR-V offers strong real-world economy, but it’s expensive to buy compared with some close rivals
Buyers after lower running costs may be drawn to the strong economy figures of plug-in hybrid models – some of which quote more than 200mpg. However, in real-world conditions you would need to ensure the battery is always kept topped up, and mostly undertake shorter journeys in order to achieve such efficiency.
The self-charging hybrid set-up used by the HR-V means there is no need for plugging in, while the combination of the 1.5-litre petrol engine and two electric motors provides a WLTP-rated combined economy of 52.3mpg.
Our own test of the HR-V took in lots of less-efficient motorway driving, but with an average of 55.1mpg, we still managed to comfortably beat Honda’s claimed maximum. In comparison, its Renault Captur E-Tech Hybrid rival returned 54.3mpg, while the SEAT Arona (with a standard 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine) managed 43.5mpg. We’re confident that the HR-V will easily exceed 60mpg on shorter in-town journeys.
With a starting price of around £30,000 and CO2 emissions of 122g/km, the HR-V won’t be the cheapest company car option. The Renault Captur E-Tech is around £4,000 cheaper to buy, with emissions from 108g/km.
Arranging insurance cover for the HR-V may prove to be a little more expensive than for some of its close rivals. All HR-V versions fall into groups 30 to 31, depending on specification, which is pretty high for a small family SUV. Both the 1.0-litre SEAT Arona and Renault Captur E-Tech Hybrid start from insurance group 13, while a 1.0-litre Ford Puma in Titanium specification is in group 11.
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Honda is renowned for its reliability, and buyers can be equally reassured by the HR-V’s decent residual values. The entry-level Elegance model is predicted to hold on to a healthy 59 per cent of its original list price over a typical three-year/36,000-mile period of ownership, with the Advance and Advance Style versions retaining 57 per cent and 54 per cent of their value, respectively.
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In this review
- 1Honda HR-V reviewThere’s plenty to like about the Honda HR-V, but it’s expensive to buy and is eclipsed by the very best in class
- 2Engines, performance and driveHonda offers the HR-V with a clever hybrid setup, but its e-CVT transmission isn’t the best
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costs - currently readingThe HR-V offers strong real-world economy, but it’s expensive to buy compared with some close rivals
- 4Honda HR-V reviewStylish looks, decent levels of standard kit and improved onboard technology mean the HR-V is an appealing small family SUV
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe boot is smaller than before, but the HR-V offers plenty of flexible cabin space
- 6Reliability and safetySafety kit for the HR-V is impressive, while Honda has achieved encouraging feedback in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey