What is it?
The CR-V has proven to be a really big hitter for Honda, selling far and wide to become one of the most popular SUVs that the firm makes. Reliability sits at its core, as do great levels of standard equipment and a refined driving experience.
But what else does this hybrid SUV have to offer and why should you be considering it? Let’s take a look.
Honda, like so many other manufacturers, has steered away from traditional powertrains in favour of a hybrid setup for the CR-V. It’s all part of the firm’s ambitious electrification plans, but also means that this SUV should be economical to live with.
Elsewhere, we’ve got some of Honda’s latest technology and infotainment, while the general architecture of the car is based around space and practicality.
What’s under the bonnet?
As mentioned, the CR-V adopts a hybrid setup, centred around a 2.0-litre petrol engine which is then partnered with an electric motor and battery. You can get it in either two- or four-wheel-drive layouts, with that latter version being the go-to choice for drivers who want a little extra traction when things get slippery.
Honda claims that you should be able to manage the 0-60mph sprint in nine seconds and reach a top speed of 112mph. When it comes to efficiency, Honda claims up to 53.3mpg, which is pretty impressive for a car of this size.
What’s it like to drive?
The CR-V definitely drives with more focus on comfort instead of sportiness. That’s not a bad thing, mind you, as its supple suspension makes it really refined and relaxing to drive. The seats are nice and supportive, too, which will help to take some of the backache out of longer journeys.
There’s only a small amount of wind and road noise to contend with, but that’s to be expected of a car in this class. There’s some roll through the bends, too, but it’s a compromise you’re happy to make in order to have that comfortable ride.
How does it look?
The CR-V’s angular design is quite head-turning. It’s got a more American feel to it, with a bold nose and plenty of chrome making it appear like a model that is on sale over the pond. It’s a more muscular look than the previous CR-V, while plenty of grooves and lines help to keep things interesting.
Up front, the Honda badge is very prominent and set against an attractive grille design. All in all, we think it’s a successful look.
What’s it like inside?
You can tell that Honda has worked hard on the CR-V’s interior. It’s all laid out very clearly, with controls and dials within easy reach. There’s plenty of good materials used throughout, too, while the lack of a traditional gear stick means there’s some extra storage space in the forward part of the cabin.
Those sitting in the back are well catered for in terms of both head- and legroom, while the 491-litre boot is nicely square and easy to access, too.
What’s the spec like?
There’s a good variety of specifications to choose from with the CR-V, with even base-level ‘S’ models coming equipped with LED head and tail lights and Honda’s Sensing suite of assistance systems.
SE trim feels like the sweet spot, however, as it gets Honda’s full infotainment system with Garmin navigation, as well as dual-zone climate control and privacy glass.
The CR-V is a fine option in the SUV segment. It’s well made, good to look and nicely specified inside while its efficient hybrid engine will help to bring down fuel bills.
There’s plenty of standard equipment on offer, too, while its attractive styling makes it one of the quirkier options in the segment when it comes to design.