We’re back with a new episode of Driven Web Series 2015, powered by Petronas Primax 95 with Advanced Energy Formula. This week, we’re looking at Honda Malaysia’s latest sales phenomenon, the HR-V.

It absolutely dominated the sales chart, racking up as many as 18,000 bookings in just five months. Amazing, considering that the B-segment SUV class was virtually non-existent before it came about. Such a success it was, that other brands decided to introduce cheaper versions of their C-segment SUVs to go against it.

Mazda was first to bite, with a cut-price GL version of its CX-5, sold at just under RM126,000 – not far off the top-spec RM115k HR-V 1.8 V (on-the-road without insurance prices). Kia followed suit with the Sportage 2WD, also priced at RM115k – a near-RM19k drop compared to the 4WD model.

Question is, should you still buy the HR-V, or look at these bigger, now more competitively-priced alternatives? Watch the episode above to find out. For a closer look at the cars’ specification, compare the three on CarBase.my.

On a side note, there won’t be a new episode of Driven next week, as our air date coincides with Awal Muharram. The season will continue the following week, on October 21. In the meantime, tell us what you think of the season so far in the comments section below.