Honda HR-V: 7 things you didn't know

By Anna Kantilaftas, 17 May 2016 Car Reviews

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Honda HR-V: 7 things you didn't know

There are a few hidden treasures in Honda’s HR-V that you might have missed.

1. If you’re over about 20, the HR-V name may sound familiar. That’s because this isn’t the first time Honda have used this nameplate in Australia. From 1999 to about 2006, Honda offered a boxy micro-crossover with the same name. It didn’t last long then, but we’re thinking it’ll do better this time around, given the SUV-skewed climate.

2. The HR-V features Honda’s Magic Seats, which also appear – and disappear - in the Honda Jazz. They fold down flat, which is rare but not unusual and they also fold up to make space for taller items. Probably one of the most useful features available. Honda claims there are 18 configurations.

3. HR-V has an HDMI port, so you can connect your phone, laptop or tablet to the seven-inch screen of the HR-V which mirrors the device. The vehicle must however, be stationary to play video.

4. The HR-V is based on the same chassis as Honda’s micro-model, the Jazz.

5. In less than 12 months post launch, the HR-V is taking Australia by storm, accounting for 12 per cent of the small SUV market share (as of April 2016), sitting just behind the Mitsubishi ASX and rat-race leader Mazda CX-3.

6. When you indicate to turn left, the view from a camera in the passenger side mirror takes over the centre-dash screen to improve visibility and remove blindspots.

7. An economy-indicating ring around the speedo, a Honda signature, lights up in different colours depending on driving style.

Now watch our full video review on the Honda HR-V.