They reckon time flies when you are having fun. So, when I say the last six months that I’ve spent with our HR-V have come and gone in the blink of an eye, it gives you some idea how highly I rate Honda’s SUV.
In that time, I’ve covered no less than 13,000 miles, and been all over the country, as well as taking in a couple of trips across the channel.
Before my time with the HR-V, I’d never really considered myself a typical SUV owner. My kids are grown and gone now, so the school run is a thing of the past. And, unlike loads of other people, I’m not a massive fan of the lofty SUV driving position, or the styling. To me, SUVs kind of all look the same.
That said, I’m now a massive SUV convert and the main reason for this has as much to do with roads I drive on as the car I drive.
Let’s face it. The roads in the UK are absolute rubbish, especially in our town centres; but, because the HR-V comes on smallish 17-inch wheels and chunky tyres, and has relatively long-travel suspension, it’s able to make a decent fist of absorbing most of the garbage we have to put up with.
Okay, so there are more comfortable SUVs on the market, such as the Nissan Qashqai, but the HR-V is supple enough to soak up most lumps and bumps. The movement in the body is also pretty well tied down, so it doesn’t roll around too much in corners.
As I’ve said, ideally, I like to sit a bit closer to the ground, but I have to admit that the HR-V’s elevated driving position and its large glass area do provide a good view of the road ahead.
I’m also a fan of the HR-V’s dashboard. Its black highlights look pretty classy, it’s simply laid out, and it’s easy to use. That’s because, unlike the Honda’s Civic, which has more screens than the flight deck of the Starship Enterprise, it allows me to actually see and operate everything without taking my eyes off the road for too long.