Honda HR-V Review from Japan

1999 Honda HR-V Sport 1.6

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 1.6
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

A VERY classy little car. It's not quite a compact hatchback, not quite an SUV and not quite a wagon ... but it is VERY good.

Engine performance is good for city work and not too shabby on the freeway - a VTEC option with, say an extra 20kw (25hp) or so under the gas pedal would be great!

Handling on-road is very good, the steering is light and direct and the HR-V can be manuvered very easily around the obstacles city dwellers face. The on-demand Four Wheel Drive system is excellent for slippery roads and muddy dirt tracks. It's not for hardcore off-roading though.

The presentation of the car is first class - it's ergonomics are light years ahead of some of its rivals (e.g. Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage) and Honda's famous attention to detail and build quality is evident everywhere.

Storage space inside is everywhere - Honda claims there are 24 storage compartments. One thing that stuck me as slightly odd - it seat four people but has FIVE cupholders! Go figure ...

Overall, the HR-V is a fantastic vehicle for folks that want a solid compact car that's just a little bit different - or for those who want the safety and stability of all-wheel drive but don't like Subarus. Well done, Honda!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2000

1st Aug 2004, 02:42

The fifth cup holder is for the optional/removable ashtray!

30th Oct 2006, 13:30

Hi there, do you or anyone know if the Japanese Spec comes with CVT (automatic that is). I am looking to import a 99 onwards 5 doors from japan, but am not too sure if the HRV from that part of the world comes with one. (all UK auto from 2000 or so have CVT) Thanks.

10th Aug 2011, 04:38

Hey there. The Japanese version does come with the CVT. I own a 2002 - 5 door imported from Japan with the CVT transmission. Hope that helps.

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review