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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Strong five-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Honda Sensing safety package standard
  • Lots of safety and driver assistance technology 

The longer wheelbase of the latest CR-V means it boasts the largest interior of any CR-V model, plus it’s available with seven seats for the first time.

If you choose the five-seat CR-V, the interior is more flexible and user-friendly than the seven-seat model. That’s because the second row of seats offer more adjustment and flexibility (all seats are individual) than in the seven-seat car.

Whichever you go for, space in the front of the CR-V is excellent, no matter how tall you are, with plenty of headroom and lots of adjustment in the front seats to accommodate.

In the second row, even the tallest will find it easy to get comfortable as there’s plenty of head and legroom and, thanks to a flat floor, a passenger in the middle seat won’t feel like they’ve drawn the short straw.

If you opt for the seven-seat version of the CR-V, the rearmost seats are best reserved for smaller passengers on short journeys. An adult will fit, but there’s not as much room as in a Skoda Kodiaq, for example, but will be fine for children or for shorter journeys. The middle row of seats will slide forwards to free up a bit more foot space. 

Honda CR-V boot

Despite the longer wheelbase and extra interior space over the previous CR-V, the latest generation of the car hasn’t grown in terms of exterior dimensions, meaning it’s bucking the trend for cars becoming ever bulkier.

That’s good news, meaning it doesn’t feel too unwieldy around town, plus the high driving position and generous glasshouse mean it’s easy to drive and manoeuvre around town, as well as making it easy to drive on a twisty road.

The availability of parking sensors and cameras make life easier when parking, too, although the bulky pillar at the back of the car does restrict rearward visibility slightly. 

Boot space in the CR-V varies depending on whether you choose a five- or seven-seat example.

The five-seat CR-V offers 561 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place with an adjustable boot floor, increasing to a total of 1,756 litres with the rear seats folded down.

With all seats up, the seven-seat CR-V offers just 150 litres of space and 472 litres of space with the rearmost seats folded into the floor. For a totally flat floor with the seats folded down, you need to have the adjustable boot floor in the highest position, otherwise there’s a noticeable step in the boot floor.

Luckily, folding the seats is easy enough to increase boot capacity, although the mechanism to fold the middle row out of the way to get to the third row is a little confusing at first as they lean forwards and then tumble. It’s done differently on the five-seat car, with the seats neatly diving down to create the flat floor in one smooth movement.

Figures for total boot capacity with the second and third rows of seats folded are yet to be confirmed, while an electric tailgate comes on higher-spec models, although it’s quite slow in operation, and some may find it doesn’t open high enough. 

The CR-V was tested by Euro NCAP in early-2019 gaining a solid five-star crash-test rating, in part thanks to its lengthy list of standard safety and driver assistance technology.

There are six airbags as standard, as well as a stronger construction than ever, which Honda says makes the CR-V more rigid and more safe.

As part of Honda’s Sensing suit of safety kit, the CR-V comes fitted with:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System – autonomous emergency braking
  • Forward Collision Warning – detects and warns if you may be about to hit something ahead
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Road Departure Mitigation – nudges the car back into the lane if it detects it’s about to leave the road
  • Lane Keeping Assist System – keeps the car in its lane
  • Adaptive Cruise Control – an ‘Intelligent’ version of this is also available that detects other cars potentially cutting into your lane in front of you
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Cross-Traffic Monitor
  • Multi-angle rear-view camera 

Watch: Honda CR-V SUV Euro NCAP crash test

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Honda CR-V SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

EX equipment

EX standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
EX optional equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
S optional equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

SR equipment

SR standard equipment
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
SR optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Honda CR-V SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 83%
Pedestrian: 70%
Safety Assist: 76%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.