Honda CR-V review - Reliability and safety
No reliability or crash test data yet for the Honda CR-V, but it’s unlikely to throw up any surprises in either area
Safety experts Euro NCAP have yet to put the Honda CR-V through its rigorous testing regime, but we suspect it’ll do well given that it’s a family-orientated SUV where safety is vitally important, and the CR-V has a comprehensive list of standard safety tech.
Every version of CR-V comes with blind spot monitoring to warn you of vehicles approaching you on either side, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), an eCall to proactively contact the emergency services if the car is involved in a collision, front and rear cross-traffic alert to warn you of approaching vehicles when attempting to exit a blind junction or merge between parked cars, plus there are 11 airbags.
We don’t have any specific reliability data from our 2023 Driver Power satisfaction survey, but we can say that Honda as a brand managed a middling 18th place out of 32 manufacturers. That puts it below Hyundai, Toyota and Kia, but above Nissan, Skoda, VW, Ford, and Renault.
The standard manufacturer’s warranty is three-years/90,000 miles (whichever comes first), but this can be upgraded either for an additional one or two years - or as part of an add-on to a five-year service plan (more about that in the next section).
The cost is either £499 for an additional year, or £899 for two years.
Servicing limits haven’t been mentioned yet, but going by the terms and conditions of Honda’s five-year servicing plan, the CR-V will most likely need servicing annually or every 12,500 miles.
Speaking of the service plan, you can purchase a five-year policy (transferable to subsequent owners) for £799, and you could add the Customer Care Package add-on to that for an additional £399 to extend the warranty and roadside assistance policies up to five years.
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 costsReasonable 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 safety - currently readingNo reliability or crash test data yet for the Honda CR-V, but it’s unlikely to throw up any surprises in either area