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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

Reliability and safety Rating

4.1 out of 5

Price
£30,675 to £36,275
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Flexible rear space
  • Good build quality
  • Expensive to buy
  • Small boot
  • Noisy under hard acceleration
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The third generation HR-V went through Euro NCAP's battery of crash safety tests in early 2022 and earned a four out of five-star rating for its performance. More specifically, the small hybrid SUV received an 82 per cent rating for adult occupant protection, 75 per cent for child occupant protection and 78 per cent score for safety assistance.

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Honda focused on strengthening the latest HR-V’s structure, which should help with crash-test performance, while the car's 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 finished fifth out of 29 best manufacturers in the 2022 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, with customers praising their car's reliability and running costs. 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 7th position on the 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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