New HR-V compact SUV will go on sale this September, with prices starting from £17,995

The 2015 Honda HR-V will cost from £17,995 when it goes on sale in the UK this September.

Although similar in exterior dimensions to the Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti, Honda says the new HR-V is targetting rivals in the class above, namely the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar. Unveiled at the Geneva motor show back in March, the HR-V is based on a modified version of the Jazz's platform. Honda bosses say the new model is aiming to bring traditional MPV practicality to the booming crossover SUV segment.

The HR-V will be available with two engines in the UK - a 128bhp 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 118bhp 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel. The diesel option is capable of returning up to 70.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 104g/km.

The petrol-powered HR-V, meanwhile, can return up to 52.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 125g/km when equipped with a CVT. Models equipped with a six-speed manual transmission return 49.6mpg and emit 134g/km of CO2. The HR-V will be available in two-wheel-drive form only in the UK, although four-wheel drive is offered in other markets.

Honda says four specifications will be offered in the UK, dubbed S, SE, SE Navi and Ex.

Entry-level S models get 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, climate control and front and rear parking sensors. SE specification adds 17-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers and Honda’s 7.0in touchscreen Connect infotainment system. Higher up the range, SE Navi adds satellite navigation.

Top-level EX models come with keyless entry and start, a panoramic sunroof, leather trim, rear-view camera, heated seats and LED lighting.

Like the Jazz, the HR-V comes with Honda's 'magic seat' system which allows the second row seats' squabs to be folded upright or the whole seats folded totally flat. Interior space is also increased by the positioning of the fuel tank, which is located under the centre of the car. As a result of these two features, Honda reckons the HR-V will have class-leading cabin space. The claimed 470 litres of boot space - rising to 1533 litres with the rear seats down - is also better than the majority of rivals.

Masahide Kobayashi, chief stylist for the HR-V, told Autocar at the Paris motor show that the new model was designed to meet the “strong customer demand” for a crossover positioned below the CR-V. 

He said: “The difficulty in designing this type of car is that because of the size, the design can end up looking weak or less premium compared with other models. During the scale modelling process, we also had difficulty creating a design with presence, but we are pleased with what we achieved.

"In many cases, Honda has good products, but the design has not been strong enough to be clearly recognised. We believe that we can create new and more exciting designs in the future. This model [the HR-V] definitely has a strong character and I am excited about seeing the reaction of [European] customers.”

Prices for the 2015 Honda HR-V, which is built in Mexico and imported into the UK, start at £17,995 for the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol in S trim, and rise to £24,945 for a top-spec diesel model. Honda says it expects the mid-range diesel HR-V to be the big seller in the UK, with diesel models set to account for 55% of total sales. In its first six months on sale, Honda wants to sell 5000 HR-Vs in this country.

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9 September 2014
.... but I rather prefer the cleaner lines of the "old" HR-V. This looks too much like a scaled down version of the CR-V to me and is a rather fussy design. I am sure it will sell well with Honda's reputation for reliability and good engineering. Just hope the interior is a better effort than the Jazz as well as that has always seemed a bit of a dog's dinner of unconnected elements rather haphazardly thrown together. Having said all that I enjoyed owning an old HR-V for a short while and would not rule out a similar sort of car again.


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9 September 2014
Nope not better at all. Terrible infact. Honda desperately needs to hire people who know how to design. They are the only major car manufacturer who gets it really wrong. Its almost wilful.

10 September 2014
winniethewoo wrote:

Nope not better at all. Terrible infact. Honda desperately needs to hire people who know how to design. They are the only major car manufacturer who gets it really wrong. Its almost wilful.

Subaru less so, but especially Mitsubishi spring to mind as two companies that have great difficulty designing nice looking cars.

A34

10 September 2014
So here is a pretty-enough design vs a Juke, going up against a Mokka/Trax but with Honda engineering. For Jazz upgraders it looks ideal, provided they don't mess up the pricing...

10 September 2014
Quite like this. Looks a lot better than some of the competition. If it is priced rig, then could be a strong seller for Honda

10 September 2014
Looks different enough not to be boring but without resorting to the gargoylesque styling direction of the Juke. Should be a lot more practical too judging by the dimensions. Compared to the less than promising appearance of the forthcoming Jazz and other recent Hondas I'd say this is a step in the right direction. Look forward to the interior shots of this European version.

10 September 2014
I think it looks pretty good, certainly strong enough to compete in this sector. If they can weave in the reliability the CRV is known for, this could be a success for Honda.

MrJ

10 September 2014
I much prefer the cleaner lines of the original HR-V. I used to be a serial Honda buyer, but can't cope with them these days - the last good lookers to my eyes were the S2000 and previous-model Civic. Shame with the Civic is that Honda uglified it without addressing basic ergonomics.

10 September 2014
Which is a pity considering how different and rebellious the original HR-V was. And why isn't it built at here in the UK? The Swindon factory is currently running on tickover producing Civics and CR-Vs that few Europeans want. This new HR-V will probably sell well and could at least give the Swindon plant some much needed volume.

10 September 2014
but the interior and pricing will be key. With Honda's 5 year warranty and servicing package, this could be a real contender to replace my wife's Toyota Verso.

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