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Honda HR-V hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort

It costs more than its rivals to buy, but the HR-V’s infotainment system and interior quality go some way to justifying that price tag

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior, dashboard & comfort rating

4.0 out of 5

Price-wise, the HR-V is certainly on the higher end of the compact SUV spectrum, starting from around £30,000, which is slightly more than the new Kia Niro Hybrid. However, the Honda’s interior build quality and infotainment system go some way to justifying that higher price tag compared to its rivals. 

Honda HR-V hybrid dashboard

The third-generation HR-V features a simple, almost Mazda-like cabin design. Up front, you get a centrally mounted nine-inch infotainment touchscreen and high-quality, physical switchgear for the climate control and other functions, which is a bonus when compared to the less-than-premium feeling controls in the Toyota Yaris Cross it competes directly with.

Equipment, options & accessories

The HR-V is available in three trim levels: Elegance, Advance and Advance Style. Entry-level Elegance comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated front seats, a nine-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. You also get the latest version of ‘Honda SENSING’ – a suite of active safety and driver assistance systems – plus a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors.

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Step up to Advance trim and the HR-V gets a powered tailgate with kick sensor, heated steering wheel and a synthetic leather and fabric interior. Meanwhile, top-of-the-range Advance Style features a premium audio system, wireless smartphone charging, two-tone exterior paint, roof rails and light grey upholstery with orange detailing around the cabin.

There are also several visual options packs available for the HR-V, like the ‘Sports Pack’ and ‘Obscura Black Pack’, which slightly alter the hybrid SUV’s appearance with a different front grille design, and different front and rear bumpers.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The HR-V features a nine-inch infotainment touchscreen setup that’s sharp and responsive. The simple tile interface is clear and easy to use on the move, with the only downside being the rather cluttered sub-menus in the system. But, you do get Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay as standard, if Honda’s own system isn’t to your liking.

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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