Honda CR-V 2018 review

Our Verdict
Honda CR-V
Honda CR-V

One of the first 'soft-roaders' returns for a new generation, but while upstarts like the Mazda CX-5 and BMW X3 have moved the segment on, does the Honda bring anything new?

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Simon Davis
13 July 2018
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What is it?

This is the fourth-generation version of Honda’s Comfortable Runabout Vehicle, better known as the CR-V. This SUV has been with us in some form or another since 1995, when the Toyota RAV4-rivalling original first appeared.

Since then, the CR-V has grown larger and more sophisticated. Compared with its direct predecessor, the wheelbase of this new version has been extended by 30mm to improve cabin space, although the overall length remains the same. Honda’s suite of active safety technologies, which includes lane-keep assist, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and more, is standard across the range. The first CR-V with a hybrid powertrain will make an appearance later this year and you can ask for a seven-seat layout for the first time, too.

For now, though, there’s only one engine to choose from: a 1.5-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol available in two states of tune. It develops 170bhp and 162lb ft when paired with a six-speed manual transmission, and 190bhp and 179bhp with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The manual is available with either front-wheel or four-wheel drive, but the CVT directs power exclusively to all four wheels.