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The brand new hr v is Honda's play for a portion of the successful compact crossover pie. ( Auto Trader )How much does it get?

Forget the Civic Type R and NSX, it's the HR-V and new Jazz that are the crucial new cars for Honda. Sitting somewhere between the Juke and Qashqai for space, the HRV is a expensive compact crossover but it has a lot going for it -- it is good looking, well made, open and in diesel form offers wallet-friendly motoring. When the idea of owning a roomy car in a compact body and with the added peace of mind of Honda reliability allure, the hr v should be high on your own list. The NSX and Civic Type R may well be the autos whipping up somemuch needed excitement across the Honda brand at the moment, but the one that's the tough job of selling in large amounts to the common person on the street is the new HR-V. The last time we saw these three letters pasted to the tailgate of a Honda was on the quirky HR-V of 1999 - component estate, part hot hatch and component SUV. This time around it is something more normal, albeit sitting between the established rivalry. It uses the exact same platform as the next-generation Jazz supermini, but using a span of 4,294mm it's 159mm longer than a Nissan Juke. However, it has the interior space to match the likes of the bigger Nissan Qashqai rather than the Juke.

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Honda has form here, though. Take its CR-V SUV -- a clear opponent for the Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Mazda CX-5, it is noticeably larger with a roomier cabin. The HRV then sits in the odd middle ground between Juke and Qashqai, Captur and Kadjar and CX3 and CX-5. With prices including a sniff under 18,000 and climbing to approximately 25,000 it is placed neatly between these two markers.

The HR-V doesn't follow the Tonka toy styling of the Jeep Renegade and nor does it play with cutesy lines like the Fiat 500X, instead it goes for a more high-riding sporty appearance. The mixture of a round front, curved window space and arching roof line all provide the HR-V a jacked-up coupe look, all helped by the distinct crease running through both side doors that meets up with the window line, and the hidden door handle on both back doors. To the rear there is boomerang-like lights -- but they're simply the real styling flourish on a back-end that boarders on being basic; the Mazda CX-3, Renault Captur and even bigger crossovers such as the Qashqai are far more distinctive. Having said that, the HRV is a world away from its bigger brother's difficult and boxy styling.

The fearless exterior look is continued onto the interior too. The dash's design is refreshingly upmarket -- the fascia is angled towards the driver and the utilization of piano black trim gives the HR-V a classy look. A higher center console provides a sporty feeling and the cabin has several nice design touches like the thin, stubby gearlever that feels really good in the palm of your hand, and a 3D-like speedowhich has an outer rim that not only can be personalised to the colour of your choice, but also luminescence depending upon how eco friendly you are driving. A quality-feeling leather wrapped steering feel is a good touch, as would be the climate controls that are housed in a classy touch-sensitive panel just beneath the seven-inch touchscreen. It's only a shame then that the top portion of the dashboard is made from scratchy tough plastic along with the sat nav system is out of step with the rest of the near-premium feeling cottage. SE Navi and top-spec EX versions do not use a bespoke Honda system and rather rely on a Garmin system. It is not too difficult to use but its brilliant colours and clunky operation don't sit well with the Android-based infotainment's other attributes such as the glossy house menu which includes internet radio, MirrorLink, internet browsing and an assortment of programs which may be downloaded in the Honda Store. Audi Cars Aside from this, standard kit is great with even the entry level S model coming with 16-inch alloys, Bluetooth, climate control, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and heated door mirrors.

The HRV's interior space will be enough to carry plenty of buyers, though. Up front it's easy to get a good driving position thanks to lots of steering wheel and seat adjustment, and despite there being a high centre console separating the driver in the front seat passenger, it feels ample. A large cubby hole in the centre console with clever pop-out dividers enable you to keep beverages as well as other oddments is a pleasant touch and so too is a sizable region beneath the centre console. Here you will find USB and HDMI jacks to charge your phone, and as it is beneath the center console it is hidden from prying eyes. In the back there is acres of rear legroom even if your six-footer is behind the wheel and the 470-litre boot is 40 litres larger compared to the Nissan Qashqai. Fold the back seats down and there is 1,533 -- that is around 50 litres down on the Qashqai but around 250 more than the CX 3 and almost 350 more than the dinky Juke. Elect for the panoramic glass roof (standard on top-spec EX) and those in the back will soon be suffer from cricked necks. On the other hand, the HRV's trump card is its Magic Seats; pinched in the Jazz the back seat squabs could be folded up from the seat backs allowing tall things like plants to be safely carried inside the vehicle as opposed to rolling around in the luggage compartment.

It won't merely be the plants that roll around in the HR-V but the folks on board too. While it can have sporty looks, Honda did not want to put off its heart buyers by making the suspension too firm. Show the HRV a set of writhing curves also it'll incline, but it means that its easily the best riding auto in the group gliding over potholes instead of crashing into them -- and that makes an alteration over some over hard-riding compact crossovers like the Nissan Juke. Honda is offering just two engines in the hr v all in two-wheel drive; a brand new 128bhp 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel. We drove the latter and, again, it's a mixed bag -- it is the exact same engine as used in the Civic but while it's the right partner in that car, it's noisy and a little harsh in the HR-V. With 118bhp it is not tremendously strong either and may feel just a little breathless when accelerating through first gear and into second. But it will reward your wallet -- claimed amounts are 68.9mpg (on our EX model) and we averaged over 55mpg on our test route -- and annual road tax is only 20.

Aside from the growly diesel, the remainder of the HRV is decent. Steering feel is never extremely evident but it's light, accurate and allows you to readily put the car on the highway, while the stubby gearlever is mated around slick-shifting six-speed carton. An electronic parking brake includes a convenient automobile hold and release, and Hill Start Assist and city braking are standard across all models. Mid-spec SE, SE Navi and top drawer EX models come with the full suite of Honda security kit like a Cross Traffic Monitor, Forward Collision Warning, speed assist (which not only alerts you of your speed but additionally accelerates and decelerates the automobile), Lane Departure Warning, Highbeam Support and Traffic Sign Recognition. With the HRV S petrol beginning at 17,995 and the top-spec EX diesel at just under 25,000 Honda has positioned it as an expensive B-segment crossover and a competitive C-segment crossover. Link Whether you should purchase one or not comes right down from what you want: In Case the concept of a broad, comfortable small crossover allure then the HRV is an excellent option, but the allure of the larger and well proven Nissan Qashqai for similar cash is strong.

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