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Honda HR-V SUV - Reliability & safety

Like all the brand's cars, the new Honda HR-V should be very reliable

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Honda's famous reputation for reliability suggests the new HR-V will do well in this area, while the mid-range models are loaded with advanced safety technology.

Honda HR-V reliability

The HR-V didn’t feature in the latest Driver Power owner satisfaction survey in 2020. However, Honda came seventh out of 30 in the manufacturer rankings – an impressive and reassuring result. The bigger Honda CR-V finished 21st out of the top 75 cars.

Safety

All HR-V models feature the usual safety kit, including plenty of airbags and electronic stability control, as well as Honda's City Brake system, which applies the brakes at low speeds to avoid rear-ending the car in front.

Go for an SE or EX model and the safety technology list grows significantly: forward collision warning, traffic-sign recognition, an 'intelligent speed limiter', lane-departure warning and auto-dipping headlights are all fitted. The systems aren't particularly intrusive and are easy to deactivate if you want.

In November 2015, independent safety body Euro NCAP awarded the HR-V its maximum five-star score for crash protection, including an 86% score for adult protection and 79% for child protection. Pedestrian safety was rated at 72% and safety assist (an evaluation of the car's driver assistance systems) at 71%.

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