So, to return to our original question, why does the HR-V Sport exist? Frankly, it’s hard to say. It’d be unfair to call it a bad car, because it isn’t, but it does feel rather confused. Certainly, its badge is a misnomer, because despite its pointy bodykit and garish interior, it isn’t really very sporty. And while its combination of squidginess and pace is idiosyncratically appealing, one can’t help but feel that whatever you’re looking for in one of these smaller SUVs, there’s a rival out there that does it better.
*Lease price from list price shown in the article is correct as of 02/05/2019 and are based on 9months initial payment upfront. Prices exclude VAT and are subject to change. Ts and Cs and Arrangement Fees apply.
Honda HR-V – facts and specifications
TESTED 1,498cc four-cylinder petrol turbo, six-speed manual gearbox, front-wheel drive
PRICE/ON SALE £27,595/April 2019
POWER/TORQUE 180bhp @ 5,500rpm, 177lb ft @1,900-5,000rpm
TOP SPEED 133mph
ACCELERATION 0-62mph in 7.8sec
FUEL ECONOMY 42.4mpg (WLTP Combined)
CO2 EMISSIONS 135g/km (NEDCc)
VED £205 first year, then £140 per year
VERDICT The HR-V Sport’s curious mix of comfort and pace means it’s rather idiosyncratic, but its quirky character might appeal to SUV buyers fed up of having to accept a firm ride as the payoff for a potent petrol engine. If you’re after a genuinely exciting small SUV, though, this isn’t it.