It has been easy, from an enthusiast’s point of view, to look down on the Jazz and its stuffy, sensible-shoes idea of a supermini, but Honda has been merrily selling them to right-minded, mature folk for ages.

Transferring that car’s salient features to a crossover makes sense, and it isn’t hard to imagine dealers making the transition between the two seamless on the showroom floor. 

Competent achiever that will find buyers despite its dull, forgettable character

Does that make the HR-V a compelling purchase? No, not really. As well as invoking the Jazz’s better features, it also contracts the bad, most notably a remarkable capacity for disappearing from the memory almost immediately upon exiting it.

Practical, spacious and well engineered the HR-V may be, but too little work has been done to make this part of a wider, imaginative and appealing product.