​​When Honda’s new CR-V was launched late in 2018, the company announced that diesel would no longer be offered in the line-up. Here’s why: a new petrol-electric CR-V Hybrid has now arrived as an alternative to the 1.5 petrol. Fuel economy is claimed to be up to diesel levels, but with petrol’s refinement and emissions. A promising combination. 


Every CR-V comes with a long list of safety systems including ABS and brake assist, vehicle stability assist, trailer stability assist, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and road departure mitigation. Even the optional head-up display helps to ensure safer journeys by keeping the driver’s eyes on the road.


Honda’s new CR-V is easy on the eye and reasonably aerodynamic for a full-size SUV, which helps fuel economy. The major change over previous models is the lengthened wheelbase, which frees up more interior space.

It’s chunky and confidence-inspiring on the outside, with muscular wheel arches and a sharply sculpted bonnet. Inside, there’s a premium feel to the soft-touch surfaces and contrasting finishes.


The CR-V Hybrid S includes dusk sensing lights, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth™ hands free telephone, infotainment display and a DAB radio with eight speakers as standard. Move up to the SE and you can enjoy the Honda Connect 7” touchscreen with Garmin navigation, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, internet radio, Aha™ app integration and internet browsing.

SR gives you smart entry and start, active cornering lights and blind spot monitor while the top of the range EX has further thoughtful touches like the hands-free power tailgate, handy if you have your hands full. 


Buyers of the popular CR-V now have a straight choice between the CR-V Petrol with its 1.5-litre 173PS engine, or the Hybrid, which has a 2.0 litre Atkinson Cycle petrol engine and two electric motors – one propulsion and one generator motor. Power output for the Hybrid is slightly higher at 184PS (combining petrol and electric power). There are three drive modes – EV, which prioritises electric-only driving if there’s enough charge; Hybrid, which uses the engine to power the electric motor which then drives the wheels;

and finally, Engine, which connects the engine directly to the driven wheels for when you need maximum power. The Hybrid is available in two- or four-wheel drive, and there are no gears to shift, one of the advantages of a part-electric powertrain. Performance is respectable, with 0-62mph (100km/h) coming up in 8.8 seconds, but of greater interest is the official economy which is 40.9 mpg on the new, more stringent WLTP combined cycle. CO2 emissions are 120g/km.

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