The Honda HR-V may have missed the top spot to the Nissan Qashqai in our recent group test, but it remains a capable competitor nonetheless.
A healthy £606 off list price may help to soothe some of those niggles, especially in SE Navi trim, which is our pick of the bunch.
The car Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE Navi
The saving £606
The discounted price £21,499
The online broker autoebid.com
The HR-V’s strong point is its practicality. With handy flip-up rear seats, underfloor storage, class-leading boot space and underfloor cubby holes, it even shows up the Qashqai in terms of storage.
SE-spec cars get automatic city braking, traffic sign recognition and a system that assists you when reversing onto a busy road as standard, which pushes safety towards the top of the HR-V’s talents.
A punchy engine with a satisfying spread of power across the rev range also makes the Honda a rewarding drive, particularly with the six-speed manual gearbox in this model.
Road noise is louder than it should be, and while gutsy, the engine isn’t quiet at tickover, becoming quite vocal even under moderate acceleration, so refinement is below par.
The attractive touchscreen is also flawed, with small buttons and shaky smartphone integration hampering an otherwise decent infotainment setup.
Should I add any options?
We would avoid adding optional extras; SE Navi trim is generously equipped, with Garmin sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors and 17in alloys. Metallic paint will set you back £525.
You’ll find the deal on autoebid.com, just select the Honda HR-V from the menus and look for the 1.6 i-DTEC SE Navi.
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By Jimi Beckwith