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
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assistance|
|4 stars (2022)||82%||75%||78%|
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 doesn't really sell in big enough numbers for us to get any model-specific reliability data. But while Honda has a good historical reputation in this regard, the maker slipped to 18th spot (out of 32) in the 2023 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey – down from fifth the year before. The only Honda to appear in the top 75 cars to own was the Jazz supermini, which finished 32nd overall.
Only 15% of Honda-owning respondents experienced a fault in the first year, but of those, a high proportion were electrical issues. Customers aren't a fan of their cars' powertrains, but practicality and flexibility were rated quite highly. Servicing costs and fuel economy scores were impressive, too.
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.
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 such as 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 & 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 rating - currently readingHonda’s solid reputation and the HR-V’s four-star Euro NCAP rating put the hybrid SUV in a good position here