Review

Honda CR-V SUV

Price  £22,000 - £36,200

Honda CR-V SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Solid build quality
  • Lots of safety features
  • Excellent reliability record
Cons
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Relatively high running costs
  • Big alloy wheels spoil ride quality

At a glance

The greenest
SE-T 1.6 i-DTEC 5dr £25,825
The cheapest
S 2.0 i-VTEC (2WD) 5dr £22,000
The fastest
EX 2.2 i-DTEC 5dr £32,305
Top of the range
EX 2.2 i-DTEC Auto ADAS 5dr £36,200

“The Honda CR-V is an excellent family car that provides a superb alternative to glitzy German models such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.” 

The Honda CR-V is a road-biased SUV that's better suited to driving on tarmac than off it. The car looks good and has a classy interior, boasting Honda's legendary build quality and lots of equipment to make it a rival for cars such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

As with much of the competition, Honda offers the CR-V with either four-wheel drive for extra grip and some off-road ability, or two-wheel drive for added efficiency. It's not as economical as some rivals, such as the Nissan Qashqai, however the facelifted CR-V (due to be released in spring 2015) should address this thanks to a new diesel engine and a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

The interior of the CR-V is spacious, with a big boot, and it also has rear seats that fold down at the pull of a handle to offer a completely flat load area.

Making it even more family-friendly is an extensive range of safety features. These include automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and active cruise control. Lane-keeping assistance gently steers the car back in lane if it starts to drift, while active cruise control automatically maintains a safe distance to the car in front, before accelerating to a pre-set cruising speed when the way is clear.

The current Honda CR-V is available with either a 2.0-litre petrol engine or one of two diesels – a 1.6-litre and a 2.2-litre. The smaller diesel engine's excellent fuel economy and reasonably quiet running makes it our pick of the range. Honda also offers a five-speed automatic gearbox as well as the standard six-speed manual transmission.

The range starts with the basic S model, then moves up to SE trim, which has all the equipment you could ever need. Next up is the SR model, which adds a leather interior, while the range-topping EX has an equipment list to rival an executive saloon's. All Honda CR-Vs come with alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control, a DAB digital radio, an alarm and a dashboard multi-function display.

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MPG, running costs & CO2

3.6 / 5

Honda CR-V is relatively cheap to run, but is outclassed by newer rivals

Engines, drive & performance

2.8 / 5

The CR-V has good visibility and handles corners safely

Interior & comfort

2.7 / 5

As well built as German rivals, but without the glitzy design

Practicality & boot space

3.2 / 5

SUV body style makes the Honda CR-V very practical; four-wheel-drive models are good tow cars

Reliability & safety

4.2 / 5

The Honda CR-V is a great example of Honda’s renowned durability and the car is also very safe

What the others say

3.5 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
"The new Honda CR-V moves the game on considerably from the car it replaces, offering a safe, comfortable and surefooted drive. On paper, the soft-roader stacks up financially, with low running costs and lots more kit than in its rivals. The CR-V is a no-brainer for families, too, as it provides so much space for the driver, passengers and all their luggage. Add in a dose of extra refinement, and it could be a winner."
3 / 5
"The Honda CR-V gives you masses of space, great versatility and relaxed driving manners. However, there are plenty of other SUVs that offer more equipment and superior refinement for less money."

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What owners say

4.3371757925072
4.3 /5 based on 347 reviews
69%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
14 Nov 2014
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