Honda CR-V Review 2024
Honda CR-V At A Glance
Now in its sixth generation, the all-new Honda CR-V family SUV gets a big update and now comes with a plug-in hybrid variant for the first time with a 50+ mile EV range. Longer and with more room than ever before, the Honda CR-V is incredibly comfy whether you're sat in the front or back, while there's a huge boot that rivals will struggle to match. We'll dive into all this in our Honda CR-V review.
The original Honda CR-V was one of the first family SUVs you could buy and, since then, the model has established itself as a dependable and comfortable SUV. With the competition stronger than ever, the latest Honda CR-V aims to bring a bit more luxury and driving dynamics than we've seen in the past in an effort to tempt you away from the likes of a Toyota RAV4 or Volkswagen Tiguan.
For starters, the new 2023 Honda CR-V introduces a plug-in hybrid variant for the first time and comes with an electric range of almost 51 miles. Known as the Honda CR-V e:PHEV, it sits alongside the e:HEV hybrid model and behind the wheel and you'll find both options feel more EV to drive than a typical petrol car. This is because the engine acts like a generator to power the motors, which in turn drives the wheels. This approach really helps with fuel economy (especially if you're driving the e:PHEV with a depleted battery) and in most driving situations you'll find both to be a very refined and relaxed drive.
The rather forgettable design of the older CR-V has been ditched in favour of a more rugged and assertive SUV-style appearance, with boxier and angular lines replacing the laid-back styling of the previous model. Inside and the interior of the new Honda CR-V boasts a cleaner and more modern layout, drawing inspiration from the new Honda Civic.
The Honda CR-V's features a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen that offers Android Auto (wired connection) and Apple CarPlay (wireless) smartphone mirroring, while there's also wireless charging as standard. We also like the generous use of leather and polished metal trim, as this elevates the cabin's premium feel, while physical climate control buttons and knobs enhance ease of use. There's only the choice of black-on-black when it comes to interior colours, but the panoramic roof that comes as standard helps lift the cabin.
On top of the more premium feel of the interior, the Honda CR-V now has more passenger space than we've seen in the past. As well as being 106mm longer than the outgoing car, the wheelbase is 40mm longer and provides 16mm of additional rear legroom compared to its predecessor. The rear seats also offer 16 levels of backrest adjustment for increased comfort. Despite this, there's still no seven-seat option.
The Honda CR-V's boot space has also grown over the old car. Opt for the e:PHEV version of the CR-V and you'll get an impressive 635 litres of boot space - something rivals will struggle to match, while the e:HEV still has a very enviable 596 litres of boot space.
The Honda CR-V will be available in three trim levels: Elegance, Advance and Advance Tech. Even the CR-V in Elegance trim is comprehensively spec'd, including a rear camera, heated front seats, a digital instrument display, Honda's SENSING 360 Safety Technology and LED lights. Advance trim gets a couple of nice features, including a head up display, a Bose audio system and a multi view camera. Advance Tech is reserved for the e:PHEV model only (and the only trim the e:PHEV is available in) and builds on the Advance trim with a few exterior tweaks and a few more goodies inside.
Perhaps the biggest sticking point is the price. While the Honda CR-V is comprehensively spec'd, prices start at £45,895 and top out at almost £54,000 for the e:PHEV, making it significantly more than rivals like the Toyota RAV4, Nissan X-Trail, Ford Kuga and Skoda Kodiaq. In some instances, something like an Audi Q5 or Volvo XC60 won't set you back much more.