The all-new HR-V features a lower profile fuel tank mounted under the front seats in order to free up the underfloor space beneath the rear seats, enabling the use of their 60:40 split Magic Seats - which can adopt several configurations.

The HR-V also offers class leading leg, shoulder and headroom, both in the front as well as the rear, plus 453 liters in the boot with the rear seats in use, and 1026 liters with the seats folded away.

Inside, Honda has used high quality soft-touch surfaces along with brushed chrome highlights providing what they claim will be a more premium ambiance. We're certainly impressed with the way the center console looks.

As the HR-V will be taking on the likes of Nissan's Juke, Opel Mokka and even the Renault Captur, Honda is stating that their car is the only one offering class-leading interior space with the versatility of an MPV.

The all-new HR-V also comes equipped with a 7" Honda Connect touchscreen - which you get as standard on the Sport and Executive versions, or a smaller 5" screen for the entry level models. The OS runs Android 4.0.4 and employs the intuitive 'pinch, swipe and tap' of your everyday smartphone.

Using Honda Connect you also get easy access to internet-based services, including web browsing, real-time traffic, news and weather, social media and internet music stations. This is actually pretty good for this segment.

The HR-V also comes with plenty of safety features such as Intelligent Speed Assist, City Brake Active Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition System and High-beam Support System. This is somewhat similar to what you'd get in the larger, more popular Nissan Qashqai.

Performance wise, the HR-V will be available in the UK with front-wheel drive only as well as with a choice of efficient 130 PS 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol and 120 PS 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engines. You can configure both versions with either a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic (with paddle-shift on some versions).

Both engines are part of Honda's Earth Dreams Technology series (we know, silly name) and both are Euro 6 compliant.


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