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Honda CR-V (2018–)

Last updated 20 June 2019

Excellent Hybrid model is the pick of the range. High quality and well finished interior. Usefully large boot. Very comfortable ride.
Infotainment system is frustrating and feels dated. List prices higher than previous CR-V. No seven-seat hybrid available.
Updated 16 November 2018
Honda reveals prices for CR-V Hybrid

Honda has released details of the grades, specification and pricing of the CR-V hybrid. Following the launch of the petrol version in the summer, the hybrid is expected in dealerships from February next...

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Introduction

The Honda CR-V has always been one of our favourite SUVs - and an easy car to recommend to people. While the 2018 model may not look massively different from before, there are actually some significant improvements that make this a big step up from its predecessor.

For starters, there's no diesel engine. Instead there's one petrol or a hybrid version. Honda is of course no stranger to hybrid power, but this is the first time it has featured in the CR-V. And the results are hugely impressive. So much so that the CR-V Hybrid is one of the best SUVs around, regardless of the engine type.

Honda has succeeded in making a practical and spacious SUV that has genuine performance but is also enjoyable to drive yet comfortable. And all that in a package that includes a hybrid system. Sounds too good to be true? Well it's not - the CR-V Hybrid is genuinely an excellent SUV.

The downside is the price. List prices for the Hybrid start at more than £30k - that's around £4000 more than the standard 1.5 VTEC petrol. There's also no seven-seat option with the Hybrid as there is with the petrol. But if you compare the Hybrid with the RAV4, it's very competitively priced.

If you can't stretch to the Hybrid, the 1.5 VTEC petrol is still a good choice with decent performance and the choice of manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. Claimed economy is reasonable in the 2WD but drops below 40mpg if you go for the 4WD.

Regardless of engine, the CR-V drives well with nicely weighted steering, little in the way of road noise and good stability in corners. Its forte is the ride quality which copes with rough and poor quality roads with ease. It makes for a very comfortable and relaxing car.

Honda hasn't just made the 2018 CR-V slightly better than before. The improvements throughout are all encompassing, so much so that this is now one of the best family SUVs money can buy.  

Honda CR-V 1.5 VTEC Turbo 2018 Road Test

Honda CR-V Hybrid 2019 Road Test

List Price from £26,305
Buy new from £22,826
Contract hire from £223.34 per month
 

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