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Honda CR-V review - Reliability and safety

A high level of safety equipment is standard, and Honda’s impressive reliability is expected to continue

A significant change for the latest generation CR-V is that the Honda Sensing suite of safety systems is now fitted to all models, rather than being limited to the higher-specification versions. This includes forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assistance and adaptive cruise control, plus traffic sign recognition amongst others. It’s a big boost to the CR-V’s safety credentials. The latest CR-V was tested by Euro NCAP in early 2019, and thanks to that standard-fit driver assistance suite, it achieved a full five-star rating. It also earned an adult occupant protection score of 93 per cent, making it one of the safest cars in the compact SUV class.

Although the CR-V has been changed significantly compared to the previous car, Honda vehicles generally offer a high level of reliability and owner satisfaction. The last-generation CR-V came an impressive 21st out of 75 new cars in our 2020 Driver Power survey, while Honda finished 7th out of 30 manufacturers.

It’s likely the latest version will offer a similar or even better level of ownership satisfaction due, in part, to the notable increase in 'quality feel' throughout the car. That’s particularly true of the cabin, with the use of higher grade materials, and a strong level of fit and finish.

Warranty 

The CR-V comes with the standard Honda warranty, which covers the vehicle for three years or 90,000 miles. This is better than the Volkswagen Tiguan, which offers cover up to 60,000 miles or three years, but the Land Rover Discovery Sport has an unlimited mileage three-year warranty, while the Hyundai Tucson and Toyota RAV4 offer five-years of cover and the Kia Sportage has a seven-year warranty.

Servicing 

A first-year service for the CR-V costs £210 for petrol or hybrid versions, while 4x4 models pay a small premium at £230. The second year major service is £280 or £300 respectively, which is slightly above average for this type of vehicle. Honda also offers a fixed-price service plan, which can spread the servicing cost over the first five years of ownership for around £900, saving around £300 compared to paying for each service individually.

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