Honda CR-V (2018) Review

Honda CR-V (2018) At A Glance

4/5

+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.

New prices start from £26,515
Insurance Groups are between 23–24
On average it achieves 96% of the official MPG figure

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

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

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

96%

Real MPG

28–56 mpg

MPGs submitted

128

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Can you recommend a hybrid estate that'll be suitable for dogs and towing?
"I'm looking to replace my Mistubishi Outlander PHEV. I need an estate car with hybrid/plug-in, large boot (I've got dogs) and, ideally, occasional 4WD. I do sometimes use the car to pull a caravan, and I do sometimes do long journeys - but not all the time, and I'm still not convinced about an all-electric car (doubtful about the infrastructure). I don't want anything too expensive either! I wondered about another Mitsubishi, a Honda or a Skoda - but would really appreciate some advice."
There are some great plug-in hybrid estate cars on the market. We'd recommend the new Skoda Octavia iV or the bigger Superb, if you need more space. Both are very practical, will be cheap to run and should comfortably tow a caravan (provided it's not too big and heavy – the Octavia has a braked towing capacity of 1500kg while the Superb can tow 1600kg). Alternatively, consider a hybrid SUV – the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are two very good choices.
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Looking for a family hybrid SUV for city and country life
"I am recently married, in my early 30s and with a newly acquired lurcher puppy. My wife and I live in London, but often frequent our my family's farm in Suffolk. We are both environmentally conscious and, given the UK Gov's announcement on the phasing out of petrol and diesel cars, we are mulling over the idea of buying a hybrid (i.e. a car that has good range, through use of conventional fuel, whilst also having low emissions). This car needs to be large enough for passengers (future baby), space in the boot for a dog cage whilst also being small enough to fit in London parking bays. Ideally, it would also have four-wheel drive for use on the farm. In terms of budget, we were hoping to buy a second-hand for £30-35k. It would be great to have your thoughts on: A) Hybrids and whether the technology worth investing And B) What car(s) would be most appropriate for my needs"
A hybrid definitely sounds like it'd suit your needs well. Are you able to charge a car at home (i.e. do you have off-road parking with access to electricity)? If so, consider a plug-in hybrid. This will be able to run around town under electric power, saving the petrol engine for those longer trips to Suffolk. A MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid could be an excellent choice. If you can't charge a car at home, we'd recommend a conventional ('self-charging') hybrid like a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. I hope this helps and have a merry Christmas.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Is there a five-seater (minimum), petrol SUV that fits my needs?
"I'm looking to replace my 2005 Nissan X-Trail for a modern version of this type of vehicle, but have been unsuccessful. My criteria are petrol, capable of handling rough terrain and slippery surfaces, comfortable for long journeys, five seats minimum and decent boot space. All of the cars I have looked at are good for one or the other, but not all. My budget goes up to £25,000. Any ideas?"
We'd recommend a Skoda Kodiaq. It's a very practical choice, available with four-wheel drive and a petrol engine. Your budget will get a mid-spec SE L model from 2018 with the 1.4- or 2.0-litre petrol engine. A Honda CR-V could be a good choice, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a good scratch remover for paintwork?
"I've just bought a 2017 Honda CR-V from Honda Used Approved. How do I go about cleaning and protecting the paintwork? What can I use to take off existing scratches? Thanks."
We've tested Farecla G3 Professional Scratch Remover Liquid and thought it worked quite well. It's about £9. You can read our review here: https://kit.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/review-farecla-g3-professional-scratch-remover-liquid As for the cleaning and protection of paintwork, a reputable brand would be our advice. Personally, we'd opt for Autoglym or Meguiar's. Some drivers prefer polish, some prefer wax - it's a matter of preference. In short, polish removes grease, dirt etc, as well as stripping away a tiny layer of the paint’s top coat (damaged or oxidised sections) - which reveals the fresh pain beneath. Car wax protects the car's paintwork, so when it's buffed in properly, the car gets a brand new protective layer making it look shiny and new for longer, and keeping water off the paintwork. The best thing to do is wash your car normally with whatever products you use, then have a look at the paintwork to see if you actually need to apply polish. If you do want to polish your car, we'd recommend a polish like Poorboys White Diamond (https://amzn.to/2W4qYaA) or Autoglym Super Resin Polish (https://amzn.to/2XOvzna), followed by Bilt Hamber Double Speed-Wax (https://amzn.to/2Wvdg59). The wax should last a while so you shouldn't need to wax it for a few weeks or even a couple of months.
Answered by Georgia Petrie

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