Honda CR-V Review 2022

Honda CR-V 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 £31,470
Insurance Groups are between 23–24
On average it achieves 101% 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.  

Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Honda CR-V review.

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

RealMPG

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

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

101%

Real MPG

28–56 mpg

MPGs submitted

205

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Voice control not working on Honda CR-V Hybrid sat-nav, how can I fix this?
"I have a recurring problem with my Honda CR-V Hybrid sat-nav. The voice control disappears. This is a safety issue insofar as you have to look at the screen to check you are still on the correct route. There is no obvious volume control on the sat-nav. Visits to the Honda chat site indicate that this is a common problem although limited to Hybrid models. Any suggestions?"
Have you tried a 'soft reboot' of the touchscreen system? You can do this by holding down the power/volume button for 30-40 seconds. If this doesn't solve the issue we'd recommend a dealer visit - it may simply be a setting that isn't correct, but could require a software update.
Answered by Lawrence Allan
Has using E10 caused my fuel economy to drop?
"I have a 2019 Honda CRV 1.5 AWD with 11,000 miles, full service history and not due a service until May 2022. I had been averaging around 34/33 mpg until recently. My fuel economy has dropped to 28/26 mpg. My route hasn't changed I believe I have been using the new petrol E10. Is this mpg drop to be expected with the recent formula change to petrol? If this is the case I would be using approximately half a gallon more petrol for every twenty pound spent at the pump. I don't see how this could be any benefit to the environment burning more fuel only an advantage to Government taxes and the fuel companies."
I'm not convinced this has anything to do with the switch to E10 fuel. This generation of Honda CR-V was launched in 2018, which means it has been developed (and WLTP) tested with E10 fuel. And even if E10 did increase fuel consumption, I would not expect it to result in a dramatic 20 per cent cut in mpg. It could simply be caused by the cold weather (fuel economy can drop by 15-25 per cent in the winter) or it may be an issue with the fuel or air filter. Alternatively, there may be a fault with one of the spark plugs or oxygen sensors. When did you last check your tyre pressures? A slow puncture of low PSI rating will inevitably increase rolling resistance and result in more fuel use.
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best used SUV for under £22,000?
"I own a 2011 Peugeot 3008 and I am very satisfied with its 1.6 diesel engine and manual gearbox. I’m going to be updating this year and am at present looking at three options that are all around three years of age: Honda CR-V, Peugeot 3008 or the Mercedes GLA. My budget is up to £22,000 Which one of these would you choose and why? I don’t do heaps of miles these days and we drive an SUV because of comfort and seating position. "
The old Mercedes-Benz GLA was style over substance so we'd recommend dismissing that from your search. While the Honda CR-V would be a very reliable choice, we'd pick the Peugeot 3008. It represents the best value for money out of your shortlist, and is one of our favourite SUVs with a superb interior and low running costs. As you don't cover many miles, we'd recommend looking for one with the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Honda CR-V or Lexus RX - which would you choose?
"I have a 5-year-old Audi Q5 and the fuel costs and servicing are ridiculous. It was £2300 for a recent service and two days later the turbo unit packed in and had to be replaced at a further £2100. I’ve had enough and also find Audi garages extremely unhelpful. I'm considering a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV but have also been recommended Honda CR-V and a Lexus RX. What are your thoughts?"
If you value customer service, I would go with the Lexus. Lexus dealers have an excellent reputation for customer care and Lexus cars consistently top reliability surveys. You'll find the Lexus RX gets closer to the posh cabin feel of your Audi than either the Honda or Mitsubishi and Lexus cars come with lots of kit as standard, they have very comfortable seats and great stereos. Parts are not the cheapest, but that's true of any Japanese model. If you value cheap running costs, have somewhere to charge the car and do lots of short commutes, the Mitsubishi could save you a lot of money on petrol, although that's the only reason I would choose it. The Honda, meanwhile, is the most practical of the lot and should also be very reliable, but it's a bit stodgy to drive and you need a degree in computer science to operate the infotainment. As always with these things, it is best to try the cars for yourself before you make a decision.
Answered by Russell Campbell
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