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HONDA HR-V 4x4 1999‑2005
25 owner reviews for HONDA HR-V 4x4 1999‑2005
What's not to like?
HONDA HR-V 1.6 3dr Auto 4WD (Review date: 9th March '14)
Bought the automatic model as a cheap dog-friendly car which I could pass my test in (have tried learning in manuals over the years but just didn't like it so didn't stick with it). Mine is 15 years old with 123k on the clock but the engine and gearbox run as smoothly as I'd expect from a new car! The auto gearbox makes for very relaxed driving and always puts a smile on my face! It's so easy to drive that I'm applying for my test straight away as I'm confident I'll pass in this beauty! And I haven't had car lessons in years!
Plenty of room, rear passengers have little legroom but like the elevated seating position. Driving position too is excellent, offering a great view of the road, and those huge mirrors and windows make visibility first class.
This car just feels so safe and easy to drive, it's like driving a toy! I'm a biker first so I'm used to feeling quite vulnerable, so this is the polar opposite of how I'm used to feeling while on the road. This car inspires bags and bags of confidence while driving.
Looks really funky, handles great for a large car, corners brilliantly, power steering is feather light, pulls really well for a lower displacement 4x4 auto. Interior is a little basic, but I'd expect that in a 4wd and at least it feels solid and well put together. Plenty of technology onboard, ABS, CVT gearbox, electric windows and mirrors (retractable)... I know more technology means more can go wrong, but it's a Honda, built to go and go, and parts are very reasonable and if kept (cheaply) serviced those parts will last.
If I had to pick one fault it would be the running costs, with tax being 240 for the year (but that's the fault of our greedy government, not the car) and fuel consumption not the most economical, though if it were a younger car with more years life left in it I'd seriously consider an LPG conversion, which would pay for itself in no time. Apart from that, it's very hard to pick fault with the HRV, I don't know why the nickname 'joy machine' was only used in Japan, as it about sums up the HRV perfectly!
HR-V My Dream Car At Last After 12 Years
HONDA HR-V 1.6 3dr 4WD (Review date: 24th February '13)
I first looked at a new HR-V in 2000 while a full-time mature student and of course the £21,000 was an amount I couldn't afford. I vowed to have one and last October I did. I bought a 2002 3-Door manual HR-V in Metallic Dark Blue with 158,000 on the clock but in very good condition inside and outside. It was only £890 on an auction site due to the high mileage but needed a complete service, timing belt, radiator and a good clean in and out. It burns a bit of oil currently due to the high mileage as needs some engine rings done but runs beautifully and my cousin will repair at a reasonable cost. I love this car but have changed the radio to my old Panasonic Radio/ CD and now its sounds cool. The Mark II has a better look with the upgraded grill, alloys and interior.
(1) Smoothest gearbox that I have ever encountered - I hate manual gears but this one is very good to use
(2) Excellent engine in terms of smoothness and I often think that the engine has stopped as its so quiet
(3) Excellent bodywork for its age and not a sign of rust anywhere
(4) Still looks brand new, beautiful and futuristic at 11 years old and still turns heads as it is very unusual to look at
(5) Good boot space for the size of a 3-Door car and the seats fold flat so one has a lot of space
(1) Rear interior seat space on 3-Door rather limited
(2) 1.6 Engine too small for rapid acceleration on a slope or for large loads - a 4x4 needs a 1.8 or bigger engine. On a slope or hill one really has to work the gears and even then the HR-V struggles a bit but all is forgiven at the top of the hill as it has good acceleration on a flat.
(3) A sunroof would have been nice to make the interior lighter
(4) HR-V suits a single person or couple with one child but one needs the 5 door version to enjoy family life.
A wonderful car generally that has lived up to my expectations but I would like an automatic next time. Honda reliability cannot be beat. Everything works perfectly and is well screwed together.
Incredibly smooth and comfortable
HONDA HR-V 1.6 3dr Auto 4WD (Review date: 21st April '12)
Well everyone I know rates Honda for reliability and quality, but I was surprised at just how pleasurable the HRV is to drive. The acceleration of the 1.6 is great at low speed, and it cruises comfortably at high speeds. The supsension is firm but not hard, and handles like a normal car, not a 4x4. In the snow the 4 wheel drive worked perfectly. The driving position is upright and high off the ground giving great visibility through the massive windows (shame the rear ones don't open though), and making it easy to get in and out of. Rear passengers have plenty of room (because there are only 2 rear seats), and it has a good-sized boot. The road tax is high, but the insurance group is low. It is also quite economical with fuel.
Driving it is effortless - commuting, long distance and in heavy traffic, every minute is enjoyable
Pleasure to own
HONDA HR-V 1.6 3dr 4WD (Review date: 24th February '12)
I bought this car 2 years ago, and I have to say it has been the best car I have ever owned, it is only a 2 wheel drive, but I cannot fault it in the snow or anywhere really. It has enough pick up on it for overtaking needs, but not overly fast which is fine for school run which is what I use mine for. Boot space is ample which can be made slightly larger by folding down rear seats which is easy to do and removing the parcel shelf. I would recommend this car to anyone, even my husband wants to buy another for himself!!
HONDA HR-V 1.6 VTEC 5dr 4WD (Review date: 23rd January '12)
Great small-big car overall, brilliantly reliable with a clever 4-wheel drive system that enjoys England's usual dose of snow. The 4-wheel drive system is automatically engaged when the front wheels loose grip, and disengages as soon as the brakes are pressed.
I've had the car since mid 2009 (8 years old then) and have covered 40k miles since, averaging 330miles per full tank. Apart from a couple of tyres only thing that's needed replacement was the clutch slave cylinder, cost £100 to fix. Service costs are reasonable; roughly £130 for full service (independent garage)
Only drawbacks are:
- suspension is not very smooth on bumpy roads
- more suited to A-roads than motorways; gets a bit loud and high-revving at 70mph
- interior is a tad dull
- could do with a 5th seat (it's only a 4-seater)
The V-TEC engine is a great little runner; quite impressive for a 1.6. It handles very well for a tall car and is great fun to drive on twisty roads.
Fits the bill perfectly
HONDA HR-V 1.6 3dr 4WD (Review date: 19th January '12)
Bought this car as a back up for the winter to get about in and so far it has been used in anger in snow & ice twice, both times it felt safe on the road and much better than my FRV. It helps that I have winter tyres on it. Also used frequently as our 'dog' car and it is great fun to drive. Not the most spacious car inside, you struggle to carry 4 grown ups, 3 is ok plus 3 dogs. Getting in & out of the back seats in the 3 door is also a bit of a struggle. Overall I am delighted with it, cheap to service, insure and put tyres on, fuel is ok but not great. I will think about a 5 door for next winter. Overall they are great value for money, fun to drive and seem to be well put together.
HONDA HR-V 1.6 3dr 4WD (Review date: 16th January '12)
I have owned my 1999 Honda HrV since August 2009 I have not had any problems with it. I have not used it regularly recently and it stands on the forecourt at home for a week but always starts when I want to use it in rain or frost. Last year in all the snow it was absolutely marvelous. I would recommend the car to anybody who wants a lower range 4 wheel drive vehicle.
perfect family car
HONDA HR-V 1.6 VTEC 5dr 4WD (Review date: 9th November '11)
HONDA HR-V 1.6 3dr Auto 4WD (Review date: 10th October '11)
I have had my HRV for 3 years. It has been really reliable and for an automatic, is a very nippy drive! It holds the road well and is economical on petrol. The sports button is excellent for times when you need a bit of extra oomph, although I havent needed it often.
The only things against it are it is a little noisy under pressure (i.e. going up a steep hill) and it doesnt feel as "solid" as some other similar cars. This is a benefit when opening the doors though, as they arent heavy.
Not a bad little number
HONDA HR-V 1.6 3dr 4WD (Review date: 21st September '11)
I bought my little HRV to do trips from Somerset to Manchester twice a week, it done so fine for the 6 months i had it,
i averaged about 31MPG on the run, and it cruised well from anything 70-90MPH ,
the cabin is quite noisey and the engine a little gutless but the handling was quite good for a high car.
unlike most owners i used my HRV for off roading around work and was suprised at what it could do, the only downside being the lack of low down torque and the stupidly low exhaust system
i enjoyed having the HRV and it didnt let me down much either, I would recommend a 5 door as they arent much bigger but are a lot handier!