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Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 6.8 - 8.3 mpp
Hybrid petrol engines 8.2 - 8.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 31.7 - 38.7 mpg
Hybrid petrol engines 38.2 - 40.9 mpg
  • Petrol engine mpg not as good as a diesel
  • Hybrid has improved emissions and mpg
  • 2WD manual most economical

If you cover a lot of miles and want a cheap-to-run SUV, the CR-V may not be your best option due to the lack of diesel.

Honda claims the 1.5-litre front-wheel drive manual CR-V will return up to 44.1mpg on the combined cycle, while the all-wheel drive version with the automatic returns up to 34.9mpg. 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.

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

Hybrid improvements

If you're after low CO2 emissions and high MPG, the hybrid is a better option. 

It offers diesel-like fuel economy of up to 53.3mpg for the front-wheel drive version (4WD does an official 51.4mpg), and CO2 emissions of 120g/km for the front-wheel drive, and 126g/km for the four-wheel drive. 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. 

If you're interested in miles per pound, the CR-V's ranges from  6.8 - 8.7 .

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  • Only one recall
  • Very minor
  • Honda has rock solid record

Reputations of solidity are hard earned in the motoring industry, and Honda has been cracking out reliable cars for generations now.

This CR-V has only had one recall since it was released in 2018. It was for emissions levels not being met. To fix this, Honda recalled more than 50,000 cars for an emissions control update.

If you're going for a used CR-V it's worth checking this has been done. Although 99.9% of cars will have had the work covered.

>> Check out the Honda CR-V's official recall history

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £140 - £150
Insurance group 22 - 25
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