The Honda HR-V/Vezel is a subcompact crossover SUV (B-segment) manufactured and marketed by Honda over three generations.
Honda is proud of its reputation for reliability and owners report favourably on their cars’ dependability. Lots of space in the back. With one engine and three straightforward trim levels to choose from the Vezel range is at least easier to navigate than those of many rivals. It is equipped with dual-zone air-con, a powered tailgate, heated steering wheel, upgraded seat fabrics and other luxuries.
Honda has got the basics right with its latest HR-V: the exterior looks subtly stylish, while a peek inside highlights a simple and well-executed cabin design, with good build quality and a pleasing material fit and finish.
Elegance, Advance and Advance Style make up the available trim levels, with the entry specification including 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, digital dials, heated front seats, and a nine-inch touchscreen with a reversing camera.
Honda has a reputation for doing things its own way and, while other manufacturers have looked towards plug-in power to deliver lower emissions and help reduce running costs, the innovative Japanese firm has chosen to go with a self-charging hybrid set-up for the HR-V.
Badged e:HEV, the hybrid system uses a 1.5-litre i-MMD petrol engine that acts as a generator to charge the two electric motors, with regenerative braking tech helping to recharge the battery. Producing a maximum 129bhp, it’s the sole available power option for the HR-V and is coupled with an e-CVT transmission.