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Honda HR-V hybrid running costs & insurance

The 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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.0 out of 5

Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalAnnual CC cost (20%/40%)
30-313yrs / 90,000 miles1yr / 12,000 milesFrom £1,692 / £3,384

While the HR-V is reasonably efficient and is covered by several warranties that protect individual components, running costs are likely to be slightly more expensive rivals due to a high insurance rating for the compact SUV. 

Honda HR-V hybrid insurance group

The Honda HR-V sits in insurance groups 30 or 31 depending on which trim level you go for, and as a result it’s going to be noticeably more expensive to insure than any of its rivals. For reference, the Toyota Yaris Cross attracts an insurance-group rating of between 11 and 13, the Hyundai Kona hybrid can be as low as group 8 and the Toyota CH-R comes the closest, with a maximum rating of group 24 for the range-topping version. 

Warranty

Honda offers a three-year/90,000-mile warranty on all of its new cars, which can be extended for an additional cost, while the battery in the HR-V’s hybrid drivetrain is covered by a five-year/90,000-mile warranty. The HR-V is also protected against chassis corrosion for up to 10 years.

Servicing

The Honda HR-V only needs to go in for a service once a year or every 12,000 miles (whichever comes first). That’s about the same as Jazz supermini, while Honda finished a middling 18th out of 32 brands in the 2023 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey.

Road tax

You'll pay £170 in road tax (VED) for the HR-V after the first year you purchase it. As it's classed as an 'alternative-fuel vehicle', you receive a £10 discount on the regular £180 rate. These figures seem to be constantly rising, however, so we'd always check the government website to be sure exactly how much you'll pay.

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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