The two-wheel-drive variant fares a bit better, and feels more agile and nimble. Both models are soft and comfortable enough with the standard alloys, but adding bigger ones will increase firmness and road noise.
There are three engines on offer. Our favourite is a 1.6-litre diesel engine that develops 118bhp and does 0-62 in 11.2 seconds. It’s a fairly quiet engine (for a diesel in a small SUV) and offers good economy and decent progress.
There is a more powerful version of the same engine. But while it has a faster 0-62 time of 9.6 seconds, its sharp increase in fuel economy will rule it out for some buyers.
A solitary 2.0-litre petrol engine rounds off the range. It’s smooth, quiet and takes just 10.0 seconds to complete the 0-62 dash, but it gets hammered by fuel economy, and this makes it harder to recommend. Are we exaggerating? Well, it can’t even return 40mpg. Worse still, it will cost £500 to tax for the first year.
The smallest 1.6-litre diesel engine, meanwhile, can return 64.2mpg, and costs just £160 in road tax for the first year.
Inside, Honda has very much focused themselves on making this a strongly-built, durable cabin. But while it can cope with pretty much anything you and your family can throw at it, there are lots of cheap plastics and dated materials inside. Compared to the MINI, it doesn’t feel as classy or as modern.
That said, comfort is supreme, and the interior is super quiet. Visibility is also fantastic, thanks to the raised ride height.
It’s also a really practical car. Five people can sit inside here comfortably, with rear legroom particularly awesome. There is no awkward transmission tunnel, which means even the middle seated passenger won’t be complaining. Headroom is good too, and even taller passengers shouldn’t be grumping on longer journeys.
The boot, meanwhile, measures 589-litres, which is well over a hundred litres bigger than the MINI.
MINI – £23,000 – £33,145
Honda – £23,500 – £36,800