This new 2022 Honda HR-V Vi X has the looks of an EV but don't be fooled as this is the bottom-spec petrol engine model (the top-spec e:HEV L version is a hybrid) and it's a four-seater small SUV.
Yes, you read that right, it's a four-seater SUV!? Honda omitted to install a top tether anchorage for the central seat so they are not allowed to put a seatbelt there, making the Honda HR-V only a four-seater SUV. Let's take a look at how that affects it as a BabyDrive…
The rear seats are split 60:40 and both have ISOFix points that are lovely and easy to connect to.
There are top tether anchorages on the back of both seatbacks that are easy to connect to as well.
Legroom is FANTASTIC in the 2022 Honda HR-V and we could easily fit a 186cm driver in front of a rear-facing child seat. Having only two seats in the back does make it nice and spacious but you do lose the flexibility of being able to give a third passenger a lift.
The rear seats of the Honda HR-V have another trick up their sleeves! Named ‘Magic Seats' the rear seat bases can be raised up to give great storage if you need to carry a plant from Bunnings or you do an Ikea trip!
This bottom-spec Vi X model HR-V doesn't have rear air vents or USB sockets for rear passenger comfort, however the top spec e:HEV L hybrid model does have both. Instead, this Vi X model has two little storage areas in the back of the central console box.
Rear passengers do get other handy storage too, there's a fold-down armrest between the two rear seats that has two cup holders.
The rear doors do not have door bins but a cup holder instead, which is in a great position for passengers to easily access their coffee cup or water bottle. The handle doubles as a little storage well too.
A single map pocket on the back of the front passenger seat has a clever slot in the top right to store your phone and the larger section will hold and conceal an iPad.
In the front, there are two cup holders in the central console. They will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup.
The central console box behind them is quite small.
In front of the gear lever are two phone storage shelves and USB sockets.
The glove box will hold an iPad and wallet with the manual and the front passengers do get door bins, which will hold a refillable water bottle and wallet and there are little storage handle wells too.
The bottom-spec Vi X, model I tested did not have a powered tailgate but the top-spec hybrid model does get that too.
The boot of the Honda HR-V is a surprising size and will hold ten shopping bags when empty, which is comparable to the Peugeot 2008 and Mazda CX-30 which both also hold ten shopping bags. The Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid holds nine shopping bags and the Kia Seltos just pips them all holding eleven shopping bags.
It was a tight fit for a twin side-by-side pram and this had to go on its side to fit in the boot space of the HR-V.
A double modular pram fits the floor in the boot of the 2022 Honda HR-V with a couple of shopping bags too.
You could comfortably transport a small or medium size pet dog in the boot of the 2022 Honda HR-V and the boot floor is flat and carpeted, making it ideal for those emergency nappy changes.
When it comes to driving the 2022 Honda HR-V, I really didn't like the feeling of the steering wheel in my hands as the hard surface reminded me of elephant skin, making it feel basic and although it seems a minor cosmetic thing it affected my enjoyment of driving. Driving gloves might make a comeback for HR-V owners! If you test-drove an HR-V (or own one) and think the same, I'd love to hear about it in the comments!
The steering is light and the turning circle is tiny for this little car which of course makes driving in town and manoeuvring in car parks nice and easy.
The 2022 Honda HR-V Vi X is a revvy little car though, and the engine seems a bit gruff (I remember Hondas being so silky smooth) so if you live in a hilly place it's a consideration. The hybrid might give a smoother experience!
Visibility is great out of the back of the Honda HR-V and with a maximum of two passengers in the back, you have a great line of vision out of the rear window. Also, being so spacious inside, you can see well out of the rear side windows too.
The media system in the 2022 Honda HR-V has Apple CarPlay which is great for being able to access your phone's navigation, listening and messaging apps etc while driving along.
But the Honda media system feels a little old-fashioned to use…
…although it has built-in sat-nav which is good…
…and DAB+ digital radio which is great.
The reversing camera image fills the whole screen but it is a little pixelated. There are a few camera angles you can choose from in the bottom left of the screen and you can turn the parking sensors off with a button by the driver's right knee.
The 2022 Honda HR-V Vi X makes a VERY spacious little four-seater family car with amazing legroom.
There are some great features in there, like the ‘Magic Seats' in the back…
…easily reached rear door cup holders…
…and phone storage in the rear map pocket.
The revvy engine and the uncomfortable steering wheel ruined the experience for me but the top-spec e:HEV L hybrid model has a nicer and more tactile steering wheel and a less revvy engine as well as the rear air vents to make rear passengers more comfortable (and so it should for an extra $10,000, yes you read that right).
The 2022 Honda HR-V has six airbags as standard and is yet to be given an ANCAP crash test score.