1999 Honda HR-V Sport 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand


Just brilliant! I wish I didn't have to part with it. :(


Premature wear on the front passenger seat.

General Comments:

The good:

A fantastic engine. It's smooth, enthusiastic and sounds awesome between 5000-7000rpm (VTEC would be nice, though).

Looks really really cool!

It's not a hard-core 4WD. Nor is it a hatchback. Nor is it a station wagon or estate. It is a truly unique car with virtually all of the usual doubts over reliability of unique cars removed.

Excellent visibility.

Very well equipped for the price.

That world famous Honda Quality we all know and love.

It's just different.

The Bad:

Bizarre problem with seat wear. Dealer fixed and has not been a problem since.

The front suspension and rear suspension feel like they are from two different vehicles. The front suspension feels sporty and soaks bumps well, whereas the rear suspension is very stiff and the car's rear end bounces more than an enthusiastic aerobics instructor.

Try explaining one to someone who has never seen one before...

The Ugly:

People think you spend most of your time driving with one hand if you own a 4WD.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2001

27th Sep 2006, 20:58

Hi from the mountains in New South Wales in AUSTRALIA.

My wife had the auto HRV, and I still have my manual HRV. I owned mine for the past 5 years and I have these thoughts. Underpowered, it would be better maybe with a V6. It does have the room. The Auto has a problem that all the autos have when they reach 160,000 km.

The CVT transmission doesn't get faster in speed and has trouble accelerating and slowing down.

The motor will stall due to this trouble. I would NEVER buy the Auto transmission vehicle.

The manual transmission is fine. At 200,000 km the O2 sensor in the catalytic converter failed. I have had a few headlight, rear park light and brake light bulbs fail.

1999 Honda HR-V 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


Reliable, well equipped and good looking


Strange rattling sound from within the passenger airbag compartment area, only over bumpy roads.

Replacement tires tyres too expensive because they are a rare size - £150 UK Pounds per tyre. Hunt around for a deal - £92 pounds recommended price.

That's all!

General Comments:

Very reliable! Well built but not the solid feel you get from German cars.

Not one failure/fault so far. 2 years and going... Only had 1 service after 16,000 miles. Still due for a second... Currently at just over 25,000 miles.

4x4 can be fun on cold winter months. Capable of going through "waist height" deep waters... (although not recommended by Honda, had no choice at the time becuase of bad weather going to work).

Dealers under strict Quality Check from Honda HQ. Backed up by UK JD Power Survey.

Reputation for durable parts.

Good looking car.

Not so sure of the seat interior design - very Japanese mid 80's look about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2001

1999 Honda HR-V Sport 1.6 from Japan


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.