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It's interesting that every car I have owned since 1993 has had increasingly BAD fuel consumption. I'm now averaging about 7 - 8 miles per litre, which I've been told is good for this model, but still bad in my book. (The best, for interest, was a J-registered 205 diesel.)
Other down points - some are partly to do with age:
- no remote central locking
- no thermometer (absolutely essential equipment in a car...)
- the fact that it's just a little less roomy in the rear than one would hope for (I carry tools around for my job);
- luggage floor just a little too high; the idiosyncratic petrol flap catch (after 18 months I STILL have to unlock the car again to open it!)
- many switch positions are counter-intuitive, e.g. windscreen wiper stalk and the rear and front fog light switches
- the fact that you can't use several functions (e.g. radio and 12v outlet) without the key in the ignition
- the gear ratios are stupidly low - 5th gear is a little lower-geared than a normal car's 4th gear.
Plus points include:
- it's 13 years old and behaves like a 3 - 4 year-old car in term of driving and feeling of solidity. It's no surprise that Honda owners rave about their cars
- it has a good high driving position
- it feels smooth to drive, like a large car, and the seats are comfortable
- it has the best heating system of any car I've ever had (that's important because don't half feel the cold)
So, as a summary, it's not exactly eco-friendly, but it does its basic job extremely well, except when it doesn't.
This car is the most reliable I've ever had (14 years old and still rattle-free and feels very solid - like a 3 - 4 year-old car). It's also very comfortable and has the best heating system of any car I've ever had. And the driving position is nice and high.
The downsides are mostly niggly, but together they are a bit irksome:
Central locking is via the driver's door only.
Pretty petrol-hungry - I drive gently and still only get 7 - 8 miles per litre. The petrol tank isn't very big, and when you're filling it doesn't let you top up to the next litre.
No thermometer!!! How can a car be expected to work without one of those?!!
I use it in my trade, and an extra 2 - 3 inches length of loading space would make an enormous difference to what I can put in the back.
The controls are somewhat idiosycratic - for instance, the front foglight switch is between the front seats and the rear one is to the right of the steering wheel.
And you can't set the radio up to work when the ignition key is out of the lock; and the same goes for other services like the 12v socket.
This is my second Honda HRV and I have been pleased with both of them. I have owned my current car from new and it is now 12+ years old. In all these years I have never had any problems with it and it has needed very few replacement parts until recently. Never understood why Honda stopped producing them, although Nissan must have been thrilled as they seem to have taken over with their Juke etc.,. I did speak to a Honda rep recently who said that they were supposed to be bringing out a replacement for the HRV, let's hope it is soon.
Practical design. 3 or 5 doors. Good comfortable seats with high seating position. Good all round view from the driver's seat. Only room for 4 seats though, not 5.
4x4 transmission makes the petrol consumption not particularly good giving about 35mpg overall but this is made up by the convenience and assurance of on-demand 4x4 transmission, which is front wheel drive only, until needed.
Interior controls are well placed and easy to see and reach when required. Spare wheel is the space-saver type.
I've had my HR-V for twelve years and still love it as much as the day I bought it. It is totally reliable, sails through its MOT every time, problem free [yesterday was the most recent], and is supremely comfortable. The driving position is ideal as one has a clear view of the road [whatever one's height!] which makes you feel safe and confident when on any road, anywhere, including Europe. All in all, I just hope that my HR-V goes on for ever as I'd hate to part with it!
I bought the car partly because of its high ground clearance as we have very rough terrain here. I am disabled and am delighted with the car. It has two drawbacks - a high back window which makes reversing difficult, and poor side visibility when turning left, although this is because I have become short. So far, it has not let me down, although it was an old car when I bought it.
A great upgrade for our 2007 version of the HRV. True Honda quality build & full of the latest technology. Excellent drive & comfort. Very versatile interior space. Excellent Honda national / franchise support & mechanical maintenance. Value for money in a car market that has many pitfalls.
Love Love Love this car.
Had it 7 years now and it has never let me down. Just sailed through MOT again.
A bit hungry on petrol but every thing else makes up for it. Hope it will last me another 7 years.
Why oh why did they stop making it.
CRV a little too big for me
A good car, pity they discontinued it.