HONDA is the first big player to return serve in the small SUV category, which heats up this year with the arrival of the Mazda CX-3, Renault Captur and Jeep Renegade.

The HR-V name has been revived for this Jazz-based front-drive, CVT-only five-door wagon.

Prices start at $24,990 (plus ORCs) for the entry-level VTi and include climate control, 16-inch alloys and reversing camera.

The VTi-S ($27,990) adds 17in alloys, smart entry/start, and auto lights and wipers.

The range-topping and leatherclad VTi-L encroaches on CR-V territory at $32,990.