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
Price-wise, the HR-V is certainly on the higher end of the compact SUV spectrum, starting from close to £27,000. 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 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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe HR-V's styling, cabin, infotainment and efficiency make it a strong alternative to the Toyota Yaris Cross and other compact SUVs
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe hybrid-only HR-V is capable of returning competitive fuel economy figures that surpass even Honda’s claims with ease
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe HR-V’s high insurance rating is certainly going to take a chunk out of any potential savings that come from running a hybrid like this
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe HR-V excels when running on electric power alone, but falters you ask for more from the hybrid powertrain
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingIt 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
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThanks to some clever packaging, there’s no loss of cabin space, even with the hybrid system on board – although boot space is somewhat lacking
- 7Reliability & safety ratingHonda’s solid reputation and the previous HR-V’s five-star Euro NCAP rating put the hybrid SUV in a good position here