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Our Fleet Test Drive: Honda HR-V - 4th report

Date: 08 December 2015   |   Author:

Why we're running it: To see if Honda is finally returning to form and can succeed in an increasingly competitive area of the market
Equipment: 8 airbags, 17in alloys. keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, auto lights and wipers, panoramic sunroof, rear privacy glass, leather interior, front and rear parking sensors, rear parking camera
Options: Modern Steel metallic paint (£525)

While prudent user-choosers and fleet managers might opt for the SE Navi specification - one level below our heavily loaded EX Honda HR-V variant - the better-equipped car offers two high-tech active safety gizmos that are potentially beneficial.

However, both the emergency brake alert (that warns of impending collisions) and high beam support (which changes the headlights from low to high beam on a clear road, then back again when following another car or an oncoming vehicle is detected) systems prompted unintended consequences during my first 200 miles with Honda's small SUV.

Flashing dashboard lights and strident beeps were triggered by the overly sensitive collision-avoidance system several times when approaching roundabouts, with it sensing traffic running from right to left that was in no imminent danger of contact. And although the auto lights generally react rapidly, they inadvertently flashed - switching from main to full beam and back in quick succession - a driver who thought it sanctioned crossing the junction from a side road.

Perhaps the collision-avoidance software settings need tweaking.  Equally, drivers need to be aware that ingenious lighting technology can be a tad too clever. In all but isolated cases the headlamp device lets drivers concentrate on driving, particularly on unfamiliar rural routes. Options include switching the systems off, which could be tempting providence, or adjusting to the quirks of advanced technology?

Honda HR-V 1.6i-DTEC EX

Mileage 3400
P11D price £24,890
Forecast/actual cost per mile 51.8p/52.6p
Our average consumption 52.5mpg
Official combined consumption 68.9mph


  • Sustained long range fuel economy
  • Unintended consequences of high-tech driver