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Honda HR-V hybrid boot space, seating & practicality

Thanks to some clever packaging, there’s no loss of cabin space, even with the hybrid system on board – although boot space is somewhat lacking

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

3.0 out of 5

LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,340mm1,790mm1,582mm319/1,289 litres

Unlike the other hybrids in its class, the HR-V’s battery sits under the boot floor rather than under the rear passenger seats, meaning the common complaint of a lack of space in the back doesn’t apply here. However, Honda’s decision to place the battery there does mean boot space is at a premium, falling behind many rivals. 

Honda HR-V hybrid interior space, storage & comfort

The HR-V gets a 35mm increase in rear legroom over the previous-generation car, meaning even taller passengers are greeted by a good amount of kneeroom when they get in the back. There’s also a decent amount of headroom – despite a 20mm lower roofline and increased ground clearance – thanks to the location of the hybrid system’s battery under the boot.

Boot space

The hybrid system’s battery eats into the HR-V’s boot, resulting in just 319 litres of load space. In comparison, not only is that a 32% reduction from the previous HR-V, it’s also 103 litres less than the Nissan Juke and 78 litres down on the hybrid-only Toyota Yaris Cross.

Thankfully, Honda's famous 'Magic Seats' have made their way over from the Jazz supermini, offering the ability to flip the rear seat bases up to load larger items in the rear footwell. Alternatively, you can fold the rear seats into the floor of the car, which opens up 1,289 litres of load capacity.

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