Honda HR-V review – Interior, design and technology

The previous HR-V model focused on practicality, offering plenty of interior space and a huge trunk that wouldn’t have felt out of place in the upper class. While it’s still a reasonably versatile family car, the third-generation HR-V focuses on decent efficiency, improved in-car tech and a bit more styling to try and stand out in the ultra-competitive small SUV market.

At first glance, the exterior design is certainly eye-catching, with sharper lines than before and a sloping coupé-like rear end – particularly well set off if you opt for the Premium Sunlight White Pearl paint option. The cabin is equally impressive, with a high level of perceived quality; you wouldn’t call it minimalist, but everything looks smart and well-organized.

The standard kit is generous, with all models featuring 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, automatic LED headlights, adaptive cruise control and a 9.0 touchscreen inches with integrated satellite navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Buyers also have the option of customizing their HR-V by selecting one of three design packs: Sport, Obscura Black and Ilmenite Titanium, with each pack offering different exterior trim options.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Essentially, the HR-V’s infotainment system is closely related to the setup used by the Honda e – albeit in a less extravagant form, fitting across two screens rather than the EV’s five. It’s a big improvement over the old car’s setup and holds up well against its main challengers.

The main menu page is laid out on a nine-inch display with large, color-coded tile icons for all the main shortcuts, and there are also physical controls for home, back, track skip and volume. on the side. Graphics aren’t as crisp as we’d like, and load times aren’t as fast, but it’s still a hard system to fault. The digital dials have a clear white-on-black design, but they could offer more customization options.

Also included is the My Honda+ app, which can work as a digital key, using Geo Fence technology to create an alert if the car leaves a specified area and locate where it is parked.