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
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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.
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 35 litres less than the Nissan Juke Hybrid 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.
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 & comfortIt 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 & practicality - currently readingThanks 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