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Honda HR-V hybrid reliability & safety rating

Honda’s solid reputation and the HR-V’s four-star Euro NCAP rating put the hybrid SUV in a good position here

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

The third generation HR-V went through Euro NCAP's crash-safety tests in early 2022, racking up four out of five stars for its performance. Constantly evolving crash safety standards means that's not directly comparable with the previous model’s five-star rating, but elsewhere, Honda’s solid reputation for reliability and build quality promise peace of mind.

Honda HR-V hybrid reliability & problems

This HR-V hasn’t been on the road long enough for us to get any firm long-term reliability data. Honda and its models did perform well in the 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, though, with the brand finishing sixth on the list of 30 best manufacturers. Owners commended the build quality of the Japanese manufacturer’s cars, among many other attributes.

Safety

In Euro NCAP crash-testing, the HR-V was awarded four stars out of five overall, along with individual scores of 82% for adult protection, 75% for child protection and 78% for safety assistance. Testers commented: "When it comes to safety, the HR-V is an all-round performer, but the restraint performance, in particular for children seated in the rear, was not as robust as expected. This dropped its score in this part of the assessment into the four-star band."

The HR-V comes as standard with a suite of active safety and driver assistance systems called 'Honda SENSING'. The latest version of this suite incorporates a pedestrian collision-mitigation steering system and the automatic emergency braking now works at night. 

The system can detect vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians crossing your path using a wide-angle camera and will initiate braking if necessary. The latest version in the HR-V also features hill-descent control for greater control on low-grip surfaces and steep slopes. A reversing camera, road-sign recognition and lane-departure warning also come as standard on all HR-Vs, too.

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