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Honda HR-V SUV - Practicality & boot space

'Magic Seats' and massive boot make the Honda HR-V one of the most practical compact SUVs

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Honda has always been good at making practical cars and the HR-V is no different. There's loads of space for your passengers in the front and rear, while the versatile seating system can vastly increase the already huge boot space.

Honda HR-V interior space & storage

Plenty of adjustment in the front seats and steering wheel means you'll quickly find your perfect driving position. There's also lots of storage in the front, including two massive cup-holders with moveable dividers in the centre console. There's a handy USB port, too, along with a storage cubby under the console by the front-seat passenger's legs.

Rear-seat passengers get oodles of space, even when the front-seat occupants have to move their seats back a bit. Headroom is good, too, but significantly reduced if you specify the optional panoramic sunroof.

The HR-V also features Honda's versatile 'Magic Seats' – first seen in the Jazz hatchback. These are rear seats with bases that can be folded upwards like cinema seats, so tall items can be stood in the footwell. The seats can also be folded completely flat with ease to expand the available boot space.

Boot space

One of the HR-V’s biggest selling points is its cavernous boot. When all seats are in place, the SUV provides 448 litres of luggage room – 18 litres more than the much larger Nissan Qashqai. It's also 26 litres more than what you get in the new Renault Captur and a whopping 100 litres more than what the Ford EcoSport and Jeep Renegade offer.

When the HR-V's seats are folded completely flat, total volume expands to 1,026 litres. That's considerably less than a Qashqai, which offers 1,585 litres with the seats dropped. At least the Honda's boot lip is pretty low, so getting awkwardly shaped or bulky items inside should be a doddle.

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