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 over £29,000, which is 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 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 HR-V’s four-star Euro NCAP rating put the hybrid SUV in a good position here