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2015 Honda HR-V: Price And Features

Following the reveal of the HR-V at the Paris Motor Show last year, Honda has announced full specs and details on its Nissan Juke rival.

The distinctive, versatile, high-riding newcomer will become one of the largest models in the small crossover class when it arrives in the summer, at 160mm longer than the Juke and a fraction larger than the Vauxhall Mokka – another of the sector’s biggest cars.

Honda has clearly focused on practicality with the HR-V, claiming it will have “class-leading interior space with MPV versatility”.

The company’s inventive Magic Seats will be fitted as standard, with tumble and fold functions allowing owners to make the most of the space inside.

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With all five seats in place, the car will provide a 453-litre boot; fold them flat, and this rises to 1,026 litres. These pictures also give us a good look at the cabin.

Liberal use of soft-touch materials and chrome accents mirrors the sporty exterior, while the seven-inch Honda Connect touchscreen – operated by smartphone-style gestures – comes as standard on Sport and Executive models. A smaller five-inch screen is available on entry Comfort spec.

Running on Android software, the infotainment system gives passengers access to Internet-based services such as Twitter and real-time traffic reports as well as Garmin navigation.

A raft of safety kit will also be on offer to buyers. All but entry-level models will come as standard with Intelligent Speed Assist, City Brake Active Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system and High-beam Support System.

Front and curtain airbags also feature, while Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure distributes crash energy more evenly around the vehicle, better protecting occupants inside.

In the UK, only front-wheel-drive models will be offered, with just two engine options. The 129bhp 1.5 i-VTEC petrol and 119bhp 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel come from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series.

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on both versions, with the petrol model also available with a semi-automatic CVT transmission.

Prices are still yet to be officially confirmed, although a starting figure of around £16,000 is expected.


After 40 years of reporting on car reliability, Consumer Reports magazine has issued its first list of 10 best and 10 worst used cars. The magazine has also expanded its frequency-of-repair charts to report on cars going back eight years, instead of six to give buyers of used cars even more reliability history.

The frequency-of-repair charts in this year’s annual April auto issue are based on a year’s worth of information about car trouble (from April 1993 to March 1994) provided by Consumer Reports readers, and include 252 models. The charts cover 16 trouble spots: engine, cooling, fuel, ignition, automatic transmission, manual transmission, clutch, electrical, air-conditioning, suspension, brakes, exhaust, body rust, paint/trim, body integrity and hardware.

Based on the reliability scores generated by data from more than 580,000 autos — from sedans to minivans, pickups and sports utility vehicles — Consumer Reports engineers and statisticians also issued a list of the 10 best and worst cars from 1987 to 1993 that should prove useful to anyone shopping for a used car. Cars were ranked according to the number of times they were in the top or bottom 10 in terms of reliability.

The Honda Accord topped the list as the most reliable car — it was in the top 10 in six of the seven model years. The Lexus LS400 was in the top 10 every year since it was introduced in 1990. In contrast, the Ford Bronco was judged the worst, making it to the bottom 10 list six out of seven years.

Hyundai has been making very unreliable cars, and its models head the problem list for almost every trouble spot. If Consumer Reports auto experts had more data, they believe the Hyundai Excel would most likely have been on the list for all years surveyed.


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