Honda CR-V review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Reasonable residuals, but insurance is likely to be pricey, and there are more efficient hybrids out there
It doesn't help that the Honda CR-V e:HEV hybrid is four-wheel drive, because the extra weight of such a system hurts efficiency. The official economy figure is 42.8mpg, which is a little better than the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, but lags behind rivals offering two-wheel-drive alternatives such as the Ford Kuga, Renault Austral, and Toyota RAV4. This also means that CR-V emissions are higher, so it sits in a higher company car tax band than those rivals mentioned above, and will cost more money to run.
The e:PHEV plug-in hybrid is a much better choice for company car drivers because it emits just 18g/km of CO2 in WLTP testing, and can travel up to 51 miles on a single charge. That slots the CR-V comfortably within the eight per cent company car tax band, which is better than the equivalent Santa Fe and Sorento plug-in hybrids. If you really want to save some money here, you’ll need to look at an electric car like the Tesla Model Y, because that’s in an even lower tax bracket.
If you have an 6.8kW wallbox charger, you can fully recharge the e:PHEV CR-V in two and a half hours.
Despite all the advanced safety features designed to help prevent you from getting into a collision, the CR-V will likely cost you more to insure than rivals. The e:HEV hybrid is in group 34, while the e:PHEV plug-in hybrid is in 37. That’s a lot higher than a RAV4, starting in group 26, or even the Kuga hybrid in just group 20.
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Our data suggests that the CR-V is on a par with the likes of the Santa Fe, Sorento and Nissan X-Trail in percentage terms of resale values, maintaining 54-55 per cent after three years/36,000 miles.
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In this review
- 1Honda CR-V reviewRoomy, well-equipped and stuffed with safety technology, the Honda CR-V is a fine choice for families, albeit a pricey one
- 2Engines, performance and driveSmooth, but not particularly swift. The Honda CR-V could also do with some refinement improvements
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costs - currently readingReasonable residuals, but insurance is likely to be pricey, and there are more efficient hybrids out there
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Honda CR-V interior is logically laid out and easy to use, but infotainment looks dated and could be swifter
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Honda CR-V is a big car and should offer all the space you’d need; odd that e:PHEV has largest boot
- 6Reliability and safetyNo reliability or crash test data yet for the Honda CR-V, but it’s unlikely to throw up any surprises in either area