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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Practical family SUV is refined and good to drive

Honda CR-V SUV (18 on) - rated 3.8 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £27,270 - £39,050
Lease from new From £311 p/m View lease deals
Used price £15,050 - £36,300
Used monthly cost £376 - £906
Fuel Economy 31.7 - 40.9 mpg
Road tax cost £140 - £150
Insurance group 22 - 25 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Excellent practicality
  • Composed ride
  • Well-equipped 
  • Impressive hybrid model

CONS

  • Limited space in seven-seat form
  • Very limited engine range
  • Not the most interesting
  • Finance can be expensive

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Written by Murray Scullion on

The Honda CR-V is the largest SUV in the Japanese firm's growing range of cars on sale in the UK, and broadly, it's a well made and reliable family hauler. It's one of an increasing number of large family cars on offer in the UK available as a petrol hybrid with no diesel option.

It's also a bit of a nice-filling special. You can spec a CR-V with four-wheel drive, seven-seats, and a hybrid engine, but not all at the same time. The CR-V's span of talents means it has very few direct rivals. It does have other larger SUVs like the Nissan QashqaiPeugeot 3008Kia Sportage and Skoda Kodiaq to contend with, none of which can offer a sophisticated hybrid system to match the Honda's.

As a potential seven seater, the CR-V will find it on the same shopping list as some much more expensive rivals. Don't believe us? Seven-seat hybrids are usually much grander, including the likes of the Lexus RX L and the Volvo XC90. Finally, when viewed as a pure seven-seater, there are the incredibly practical MPVs to consider, such as the Citroen Berlingo, SEAT Alhambra, and Ford Galaxy.

Does the Honda CR-V work for you?

Yes, if you have the specific needs of wanting a seven-seat SUV that's smooth, refined and sports a petrol hybrid engine. The CR-V could fit into your world in its own warm and cosy little niche. It's more fashionable than an MPV, cleaner than the non-hybrid SUV crowd, plus, a lot cheaper than the premium monsters.

As you may have caught earlier, though, there are no diesels on offer. And with no engines that are fuelled from the black pump, Honda is potentially missing out on a number of drivers, for whom diesel is still very relevant. This shows that once again Honda doesn't mind doing things differently to its competitors.

You have two power options in the CR-V – and that's your lot. First up, is a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol. While there's a 2.0-litre hybrid on offer too. This can offer up to 52.3mpg - nearly as good as what diesel engines are capable of.

Front- or four-wheel drive on offer

Both petrol and hybrid models can be chosen with two- or four-wheel drive, and while the CR-V is no off-roader many will be pleased with the extra security of having all four wheels driven. It’s worth mentioning also that ground clearance has increased by 35mm compared with the previous model, giving it slightly more kudos as a mud-plugger.

Regardless of powertrain, the CR-V is a composed and refined performer on the road. It’s not fast or thrilling, but is instead comfortable and impressively relaxing.

Four-wheel drive, hybrid, seven seats. But not at the same time

Yes, that can be confusing. Let's break it down.

The 1.5-litre petrol CRV is available with a manual or automatic transmission. You can choose front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. And you can choose five or seven seats as well.

The 2.0-litre hybrid is only automatic, only available with five seats, but, available with front or all-wheel drive.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Honda CR-V including its practicality, interior, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

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