Honda CR-V SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
The Honda CR-V 1.5-litre petrol isn’t the cheapest to run; the hybrid should be better
At launch, the biggest news about the latest CR-V was Honda's decision not to offer a diesel engine, marking a likely step away from the technology. Instead, there's just one petrol engine with two power outputs, and the CR-V Hybrid that we've reviewed separately.
Honda CR-V MPG & CO2
The petrol engine is the same 1.5-litre VTEC turbocharged petrol found in the Honda Civic. Factor in the extra weight, size, four-wheel drive and CVT automatic gearbox fitted in popular versions of the CR-V and fuel efficiency drops to 31.7-35.3mpg, with CO2 emissions ranging from 178-201g/km. On our test, our automatic-equipped CR-V managed 32mpg on average in mixed driving, showing that Honda's figure is accurate if a little disappointing.
Comparatively, the Peugeot 3008's petrol engines return over 45mpg, while the Skoda Karoq's 1.5-litre TSI can manage just over 40mpg. A CR-V equipped with front-wheel-drive and a manual gearbox manages up to 38.2mpg, with CO2 emissions of 167g/km placing it towards the top of the BiK bandings.
Company-car drivers are likely to pick the hybrid. The front-wheel drive model is the most efficient, managing up to 40.9mpg, with its CO2 emissions figure of 156g/km giving it a mid-range BiK banding. Picking the four-wheel-drive version sees fuel economy fall to 38.7mpg and CO2 emissions increase to 166-168g/km, placing it in the top tier BiK banding.
Most versions of the CR-V sit in insurance group 24, while a few of the range-topping trims extend this to group 25. This could make insurance more costly than for some rivals, with the Skoda Karoq 1.5-litre in group 15 and the Peugeot 3008 spanning groups 11-24.
Honda offers a standard three-year/90,000-mile warranty, which owners can choose to extend for an added cost when the car is bought new. This is the same duration as warranties offered with the Volkswagen Tiguan, Skoda Karoq and Nissan Qashqai, albeit with a 30,000-mile higher cap. Meanwhile, Toyota offers a five-year/100,000-mile warranty for its RAV4 and the Kia Sportage comes with a seven-year warranty.
Honda offers fixed-price servicing packages that are likely to cost less than paying for maintenance on a case-by-case basis, so they're well worth considering.