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Our Fleet Test Drive: Honda HR-V - 8th report

Date: 11 March 2016   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

Why we're running it: To see if Honda is finally returning to form and can succeed in an increasingly competitive area of the market
Equipment: 8 airbags, 17in alloys. keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, auto lights and wipers, panoramic sunroof, rear privacy glass, leather interior, front and rear parking sensors, rear parking camera
Options: Modern Steel metallic paint (£525)

Our belt and braces EX Honda HR-V variant has 12 extra features for its £26,000 P11D ticket compared with the SE Navi, one notch down the range and £3005 cheaper.

The panoramic sunroof and rear-view camera rate as respective convenience and safety assets, even if heated leather seats plus rear privacy glass don't register on my personal must-have or -need list. Meanwhile, paying extra for the driver's seat back pocket seems odd.

Extra kit means extra weight and, for those who care, 0.3 of a second longer reaching 62mph. Thinning down the hefty, exhaustive, if not enthralling, 624-page handbook (pictured) might help compensate.

 

Honda HR-V 1.6i-DTEC EX

Mileage 5914
P11D price £26,000
Forecast/actual cost per mile 53.8p/54.6p
Our average consumption 53.2mpg
Official combined consumption 68.9mpg

Verdict


  • Commanding driving position and sunroof that brightens up dreary long trips
  • Lack of lumbar support adjustment is a pain in the back

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