Honda ZR-V review - Reliability and safety
There’s no Euro NCAP rating for the ZR-V just yet, but standard safety kit is excellent
The ZR-V is too new to make an appearance in our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, and the closely related Civic hatchback didn’t crack our top-75 list of the best cars to own. The only Honda that did this time around was the Jazz supermini, which finished in 32nd place. The Civic and larger CR-V SUV have been rated positively in the past at least.
Honda as a brand didn’t perform especially well in this year’s car manufacturer rankings either, falling from fifth place to 18th. But it did manage to trump premium makers such as BMW, Mercedes and Audi.
The ZR-V hasn’t received a Euro NCAP crash safety score just yet, but we expect it’ll achieve the same five-star rating as the closely related Civic. What’s more, every ZR-V comes as standard with Honda’s ‘Sensing’ range of safety and driver-assistance features, which includes lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, driver attention monitoring and ‘Traffic Jam Assist’. Adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and a reversing camera are also standard-fit across the range.
All new Hondas come with a three-year/90,000-mile warranty, which will provide plenty of cover for anyone planning to lease their car for that amount of time. However it’s not as extensive as five- and seven-year warranties from Hyundai and Kia, though Honda gives buyers the option to extend their coverage to five years.
Honda offers 1-4 year service plans for its cars, which includes a service once a year or after 12,500 miles, whichever comes first. You can choose to pay for your plan in a single one-off payment or split the cost over several months.
In this review
- 1Honda ZR-V reviewHonda’s answer to the Nissan Qashqai features a slick hybrid setup and generous cabin space, but it’s not without its flaws
- 2Engines, performance and driveWhile it isn’t particularly fun, the ZR-V is relaxing and easy to drive on a daily basis
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsWe found the hybrid ZR-V to be efficient, but insurance ratings are higher than many rivals
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe ZR-V’s styling is unlikely to win hearts and minds, but its simple, logical cabin might sway some buyers
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceHonda has clearly focused on passenger space in the ZR-V as the mid-size SUV’s boot is actually smaller than the one in the Civic hatchback
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingThere’s no Euro NCAP rating for the ZR-V just yet, but standard safety kit is excellent