2018 Honda CR-V – verdict

We’ve had an early drive of the new Honda CR-V, which is the first to feature the option of seven seats. Could it be the best large SUV of them all?

Words By John Howell

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2018 Honda CR-V

The CR-V is great if rear space is your priority (assuming you've got a five-seater) and, for a petrol, it seems to deliver decent fuel economy; with careful driving, we averaged 39mpg (for the two-wheel-drive version with a manual gearbox), which is actually marginally better than the manufacturer’s official 38.2mpg. That said, Skoda boasts an official average of 44.8mpg for a Kodiaq 1.4 TSI 150 and matches the CR-V’s CO2 emissions of 143g/km.

However, after our pre-production drive, we have reservations about the ride quality, the usefulness of those two extra seats on seven-seat versions and the effect they have on the car’s practicality. We also have very little concrete information to go on regarding equipment levels and it doesn’t appear that the CR-V will be that cheap.

So, as it stands, the class best, certainly in terms of seven-seat SUVs, looks likely to remain the Peugeot 5008, Skoda Kodiaq and VW Tiguan Allspace. ​

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Honda CR-V 1.5 VTEC Turbo six-speed manual

​ Price Β£25,000 (estimated) Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, petrol, turbo Power 171bhp at 5600rpm Torque 162lb ft at 1900-5000rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 10.0sec (approximately) Top speed 131mph (approximately) Official economy 38.2mpg CO2, tax band 143g/km, 29% ​

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