Honda CR-V (2012 – 2018) Review

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Honda CR-V (2012 – 2018) At A Glance

Luxurious and more efficient than before. Was the softest riding and most stress-free SUV under £30,000. 1.6-litre i-DTEC is impressively refined and quiet.

Petrol engine not as good as the diesel. Five-speed petrol automatic irritating to drive. 1.6iDTEC 160 prone to DPF problems if used for short runs. Fault reports starting to build up.

Insurance Groups are between 22–28
On average it achieves 85% of the official MPG figure

It's no surprise the British built Honda CR-V is popular. It's practical, well-built and spacious making it the perfect family car. Add in high levels of comfort and some of the best diesel engines around and it adds up to a winning formula.

Entry level models are offered with two-wheel drive, but the vast majority of models come with an all-wheel drive system. That’s not to say the CR-V is as cumbersome as a true off-roader though – it offers a smooth and comfortable ride with light yet direct steering. On the road it feels more like car than an SUV.  

It’s still as practical as before, with a large boot capable of swallowing 1669 litres of luggage with the rear seats folded flat. Even with the seats up the boot is still usefully large and there's ample space for three adults in the back. Leg and headroom are very generous, even with the front seats as far back as they go. There are also plenty of cubbyholes including a deep central storage bin and spaces for bottles and parking change.

Originally there were two engines on offer – a quiet and versatile 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel and a 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol which is a little lacklustre in comparison. When the CR-V was revised in 2015 with a subtle redesign on the outside and a vastly improved navigation and infotainment system inside, it also had an engine update.

The 2.2 i-DTEC was dropped and in its place is a 1.6 i-DTEC which actually has more power with 160PS plus is more economical. You can also get the CR-V as a 2WD with a low powered version of the same engine. At the same time Honda replaced the old five-speed auto with a much superior nine-speed auto which suits the relaxed nature of the CR-V perfectly.

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Real MPG average for a Honda CR-V (2012 – 2018)

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Average performance


Real MPG

22–66 mpg

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Could you suggest a family car to replace a Mazda 5?
Our Mazda 5 was written off recently. We don't need five seats but we do like the space. We have a budget of £8000-10,000. Any advice what we should replace it with? Thanks.
If you want another MPV then the Ford S-MAX could be a good replacement: Alternatively, if you want a crossover with a raised driving position, you may want to consider the Honda CR-V:
Answered by Dan Powell
Which is the best SUV choice in my budget?
I'm looking for a reliable SUV for under £8500. I've shortlisted the Hyundai Santa Fe 2011/2012, Subaru Forester 2011/2012 and Nissan Xtrail 2012/2013. I do less than 10,000 miles per year. Which would you recommend as most reliable and will survive the mileage with least costs and servicing problems? I understand Honda CRV up to 2006 is a good SUV but I'm concerned 2006 is now quite old or would you say it's still more reliable and sturdy than the above cars?
The issue you're going to have is that most SUVs within your budget will be diesel. It doesn't necessarily sound like you cover enough miles to warrant a diesel. They can suffer from reliability issues if they're mainly driven for short journeys. That doesn't mean you should dismiss diesels entirely - they often suit SUVs like this and make for better tow cars, but you really need to take it for a long motorway drive once a week or so to prevent a blocked diesel particulate filter (DPF). If you do think a diesel makes sense for you, we'd recommend a Honda CR-V. The 2.2 i-DTEC diesel engine is pretty good and there's also a 2.0-litre petrol, if you decide against a diesel. Your budget will get you an example from around 2013.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Could you recommend a ULEZ-compliant car that's good for taking long trips?
My wife and I are looking for a car that would mainly be used to travel to Europe up to four times a year (France and Czech Republic). Our budget is £6000 and we live in London. It would ideally be ULEZ compliant if it helps with the resale value in a years' time or so. Which model and maybe year would you recommend?
It's a tricky one as it sounds like a diesel would be ideal for that journey, yet an older diesel could be problematic and won't be ULEZ compliant. With that in mind, we'd probably be looking for a comfortable petrol car. A Honda Civic could be a good option. Your budget will get a 2012 model with the reliable 1.8-litre petrol engine. If you need more space, consider a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. Neither will be particularly frugal but ought to be reliable.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best used car with 4WD under £7000?
Currently, I'm driving a 20-year old Mercedes C-Class automatic (love it, besides its rust and repairs). I'm looking for a spacious, used car under £7000, so we can go camping, to the beach and into the mountains. I've been looking at the Skoda Octavia Scout, SEAT Altea Freetrack and Subaru Outback. What similar cars could you recommend? 4WD preferred, but not a must. Automatic would be nice, but again, not a necessity. Thanks in advance.
I'd recommend the Subaru Outback, Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. All three are available with four-wheel drive and all have an excellent reputation for reliability.
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Honda CR-V (2012 – 2018) cost?

Buy new from £23,677 (list price from £26,945)
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