In my full review of the 2019 Honda HR-V, the subtlety of its exterior and interior updates have been laid out and most of them either worked for or against the overall rating of the car. After all, the HR-V is among the pricey subcompact crossovers, that’s why I’m a bit meticulous with the things it can offer to see if it matches Honda’s asking price – which it did, with flying colors.
Let’s take a more in-depth review of the new HR-V’s interior amenities and cargo space so you would have a clear-cut idea of what to expect inside Honda’s subcompact crossover offering.
As I mentioned in the general review, the interior amenities of the previous HR-V has been somehow carried over to the new one, albeit, most have been improved. The leather is softer than before, easy to clean, and would look like it would age well, while the lack of blue ambient light is better. But Honda should have left the piano black plastic accents in the past. As proven in the old media unit, it’s a scratch magnet, which could affect the way the car ages.
Pros and cons considered, the HR-V is one comfortable crossover. In fact, I’d go out on a limb and declare that it’s the most comfortable out there, compared to its class rivals like the Subaru XV and Mazda CX-3. It has sedan-like comfort, while its not-so-high ground clearance proved to be a highlight in both absorbing wretched roads and having negligible body roll. Impact on the passengers is cushioned, thanks to its MacPherson (front) and axle type (rear) suspension, while the improvement NVH insulation is definitely notable.
The room in the rear cabin isn’t much for the 2019 HR-V. But remember that this is a Jazz-basedsubcompact crossover that isn’t made to be your walk-in closet, so that’s understandable. If only average-sized human beings will sit in the back, then it would be just enough for a comfortable ride. People standing 5’8” and above would be compelled to settle sitting at the front passenger seat.
Apart from space, rear passengers won’t have a lot of things to play around with while seated. There’s only a foldable center armrest, while the cupholders are placed behind the center console box. So, no charging ports and A/C vents, which are things that Honda could add to this car’s next-generation model.
Deep & Flexible Cargo Area
Cargo area is more-than-enough for a standard child stroller plus maybe a month’s worth of groceries. Fact is, the HR-V’s trunk is relatively roomy when compared to its class rivals; it could go head to head with the Subaru XV, but way bigger than the Mazda CX-3. The trunk lid can also be removed easily, but I wish the lip is flat for easy loading of heavy cargo items.
Even better, the rear backrests fold flat to the floor, which could extend the cargo area even further. The rear seats, by the way, can be folded upwards, so putting tall stuff in the second row like potted plants or maybe a water dispenser is possible. There’s also a 12-V accessory socket found in the cargo area.