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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Petrol engine mpg not as good as a diesel
  • 2019 hybrid should improve things
  • 2WD manual most economical

The CR-V’s single engine option (until the hybrid arrives) means that there’s not much scope for opting for a specific fuel-efficient version.

If you want a cheap-to-run SUV, the CR-V may not be your best option due to the lack of diesel (at least if you cover higher mileages).

Honda claims the front-wheel drive manual CR-V will return up to 44.8mpg on the combined cycle, while the all-wheel drive CVT returns up to 39.8mpg. In reality, you may not reach these figures if you need to make swifter progress out of town, but if you’re just using the CR-V mainly in urban areas, it shouldn’t be out of reach. 

The CR-V’s CO2 emissions are quite high, especially if you opt for the all-wheel drive CVT version, which produces 162g/km of CO2.

Honda CR-V drive select

The manual with front-wheel drive is the best option of the petrol line-up for CO2 emissions, but a figure of 143g/km still trails a like-for-like-spec VW Tiguan at 132g/km.

The CR-V Hybrid, on the other hand, offers excellent fuel economy of up to 52.3mpg, and CO2 emissions of 120g/km. These are impressive, though they are slightly higher than the similarly-sized Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

As for reliability, Honda has a reputation for building solid and dependable cars, and there’s little to suggest owning a CR-V will be a troublesome experience.

The previous model was the subject of a few recalls in its life, but not for anything serious and the problems will have been rectified under warranty.

That means there shouldn’t be anything to be concerned about with the new car. 

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,322 - £1,492 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0 i-MMD Hybrid 120 g/km (Min) £135
1.5 VTEC Petrol 162 g/km (Max) £145

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £135 - £145
Insurance group 22 - 25
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.