11.8 C
New York
Thursday, February 9, 2023

Nearly new buying guide: Honda CR-V

4 mins read

16 November 2021

There’s a good reason why the Honda CR-V ranks consistently among the world’s best-selling SUVs. Actually, there are a few reasons.

The original CR-V was launched in 1995 to widespread acclaim, and its descendants have remained popular, largely due to Honda’s characteristic blend of reliability, practicality and frugality.

Click here to buy your next used HR-V from Autocar

This latest CR-V arrived in the UK in 2018 with a competitive 561-litre boot and significantly improved interior technology, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

It also abandoned Honda’s popular diesel engine and gained a CVT. Its sole power choice, a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol, was available with 170bhp or 190bhp. A 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain was then added in 2019, making the CR-V a more enticing proposition for motorway stints, while regenerative braking boosted its urban efficiency. The petrol was discontinued shortly afterwards.

Comfort is a focal point for the CR-V, and thus its soft suspension glides over bumps and potholes. The flip side is that the car leans a lot through corners, although it still handles competently for its size.

The hybrid (which has a newer 2.0-litre engine) is quieter in town, especially when its EV motor kicks in, although this is short-lived due to a small, 1kWh battery.

There are five trim levels to choose from, starting from basic S and climbing to more premium EX.

With S trim, you get 17in alloy wheels, LED headlights and cruise control, plus a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive. Prices start at around £20,000 for a low-mileage CR-V in this spec, like the 69-reg car that we found with 8500 miles on the clock.

If advanced infotainment is a necessity for you, move up to a higher specification because the S trim only gets a 5.0in screen. Next-rung SE offers a significant upgrade, gaining Honda’s latest Connect system as well as dual-zone climate control and two USB ports.

It’s possible to find an SE for a minimal premium over an S, such as a 2019 model with 9250 miles that we saw for £21,990.

EX brings yet more technology, including blindspot monitoring, a head-up display, wireless phone charging and a powered tailgate, yet it can be picked up for just a couple of grand more. A two-owner, 170bhp petrol, on a 19-plate with a mileage of less than 30,000, was up for £22,295.

The hybrid commands a slightly loftier starting price, at around £24,000 with a high mileage. We found a front-driven SE with 11,500 miles for £25,500 and an EX with 40,000 miles for £27,790.

This is a decent saving on its list price of £37,810. No matter which spec you pick, though, you will bag an ever-faithful and impressively equipped family hauler, with the potential to step into electrified motoring for a minimal premium.


Engine Oil dilution is a documented problem on early cars for which Honda has a fix.

Body Check the door handles are secure because they flex quite easily. Examine the underside for off-roading damage (the CRV is not an off-roader).

Interior Make sure the air con chills; lack of use can cause the refrigerant to evaporate. Another possible explanation is a compressor leak, which some owners have reported.

Need to know

The hybrid powertrain features only in models from 2019 onwards, so keep an eye out for adverts falsely selling petrol-only models as having electrified capabilities.

Annual road tax on the regular petrol model will cost you around £155, while the hybrid will be slightly cheaper, at £145.

The hybrid can achieve 39.5mpg, according to the official WLTP test, while the petrol scores 32.5mpg.

While the boot is big for a car of this type, at 561 litres, that of the similarly priced Skoda Kodiaq seven-seater is a huge 720 litres.

The CR-V scored a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, including a 93% adult occupant score.

Our pick

2.0 i-MMD HYBRID 4WD SR AUTO: Positioned just below top-of-the-range EX specification, the SR gets our nod for adding a raft of welcome niceties without driving the price out of the realm of acceptability.

Wild card

1.5 VTEC TURBO S 2WD: A relatively basic infotainment system and a powertrain some might consider outdated mark this out as the lesser-desired CR-V variant, but 2WD makes for improved economy and there’s less to fail.

Ones we found

2019 CR-V 2.0 i-MMD Hybrid SR e-CVT 2WD, 22,000 miles, £24,995

2018 CR-V 1.5 VTEC Turbo SE 2WD, 19,000 miles, £18,865

2019 CR-V 2.0 i-MMD Hybrid EX e-CVT 4WD, 40,000 miles, £27,790

2019 CR-V 1.5 VTEC Turbo EX 4WD CVT, 56,000 miles, £21,990


Honda E 2021 long-term review 

Honda discontinues hydrogen-fuelled Clarity FCV due to slow sales 

New Honda SUV e:prototype previews new Chinese crossover

Log in or register to post comments

Related Articles

- Advertisement -spot_img

Latest Articles