New Honda CR-V SUV debuts for 2018

  • New version of Honda’s popular family SUV revealed
  • Will come with seven seats and hybrid power for the first time
  • Deliveries expected in autumn 2018 for petrol version

Honda CR-V review summary

Honda revealed its new 2018 CR-V SUV in time for its debut at the Geneva motor show in March 2018, and Parkers will be driving the new car in July. 

This latest CR-V was actually revealed late in 2016 and has been on sale in the USA for a while already, but it’s taken some time for it to surface in European spec.

Now, though, it’s here and customers can expect delivery of their new CR-V towards the end of 2018.

New exterior look

It’s clear the new car is still a CR-V – is has a similar overall look to the car it replaces, but with a slightly tougher look that Honda describes as ‘broad’ and ‘muscular’.

At the front, there’s a deep grille and some sleeker-looking lights than before, more bulging wheelarches and much less chrome.

The side profile view isn’t hugely different from before, while there are more complex-looking lights at the back (almost in a similar style to Volvo’s XC60 SUV) and a wide, low tailgate.

Inside, nothing radical has changed, either. The touchscreen infotainment system is the same one you’ll find in the Civic hatchback, while another 7.0-inch screen is found in front of the driver in place of a traditional set of analogue dials. In all, the interior is quite a restrained design that stays faithful to the outgoing car’s interior look.

Greater practicality promised

The big news about the new CR-V is the availability of a seven-seat option, but this is reserved for models powered by a petrol motor only. Honda’s promising best-in-class status when it comes to ease of access, while legroom in the rear is also claimed to be ‘exceptional’.

We’ll judge this for ourselves when we get behind the wheel later in July 2018.

It does have a longer wheelbase than before and a wider interior, so cabin space should be impressive. The electric bootlid can be programmed to stop at certain heights, while there’s a flexible-height boot floor to boost versatility, too.

One petrol engine with a hybrid coming later

Early CR-V customers will only be able to buy the SUV with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It’s the same engine you’ll find in higher-output versions of the Civic, so we can expect 182hp from this engine.

It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, but a CVT automatic and all-wheel drive will also be available with this engine.

The same goes for the new hybrid, too, which is a first for the CR-V. It uses a 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine in combination with two electric motors. As standard, this comes with front-wheel drive, but an all-wheel drive version will also be an option.

We're expecting the most popular option to be the all-wheel drive version with maunal gearbox and five seats. 

Honda calls this powertrain Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) and makes use of a single fixed-gear ratio, as opposed to a more conventional automatic transmission.

The hybrid version won’t be available with seven seats, that’s reserved for the petrol engine. The hybrid comes along in early 2019. 

We'll be among the first to drive this new SUV so keep an eye out for the full Honda CR-V review coming soon