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.
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.