What is it?
The Honda HR-V is the car with which the Japanese manufacturer wants to take advantage of Europe's lucrative crossover market.
While the HR-V's exterior dimensions place it in roughly the same league as the Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti, Honda has made it clear that it intends to steal customers from the segment above, and namely from the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar.
On paper at least, the HR-V makes a good case. Take, for example, its boot capacity, which soundly trumps that of the Qashqai in terms of seats-up space, with 470 litres versus the Nissan’s 430 litres. The Renault Kadjar only slightly beats the HR-V here, offering 472 litres of storage space with its rear seats in place.
The HR-V will arrive in the UK this September with the choice of two engines: a 128bhp 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 118bhp 1.6-litre i-DTEC turbodiesel. Both come with a six-speed manual transmission, while a CVT is offered as an option with the petrol engine.
Honda claims the diesel variant can return up to 70.6mpg combined, with CO2 emissions of 104g/km. In manual form, the petrol model is capable of returning up to 49.6mpg, with CO2 emissions of 134g/km. When equipped with the CVT these improve to 52.3mpg and 125g/km.
There are four trim levels offered in the UK: S, SE, SE Navi and EX. As standard, entry-level S specification comes with electric windows and mirrors, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, cruise control, automatic headlights and 16in alloy wheels.
SE trim gains front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, dual-zone climate control, a six-speaker audio system upgrade and Honda's 7.0in touchscreen Connect infotainment system. SE Navi adds the firm's satellite navigation system.
Range-topping EX trim further adds full leather interior, keyless entry and start, a panoramic sunroof, heated seats and 17in alloy wheels.