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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 costsThe 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 safety - currently readingSafety kit for the HR-V is impressive, while Honda has achieved encouraging feedback in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey