Honda CR-V Hybrid long-term test: report 2

Being a big family SUV with a hybrid engine should make the Honda CR-V pretty hot property right now. But, does it have its work cut out over the next few months?...

Honda CR-V long termer boot 2024

The car Honda CR-V 2.0 i-MMD Hybrid Advance | Run by Lawrence Cheung, new cars editor

Why it's here Honda's latest e:HEV hybrid system has impressed us in the Civic hatchback, so does it work just as well in its bigger stablemate?

Needs to Fit everyone in with long distance comfort in mind and require infrequent stops to the petrol station

Mileage 2305 List price £48,995 Target Price £48,020 Price as tested £49,990 Test economy 38.3mpg Official economy 42.8mpg

8 December 2023 – Meet What Car?'s hybrid powered camera dolly

My Honda CR-V has just faced its first proper test: the role of camera car. You see, What Car?’s latest video involved filming a group of executive cars on a two-day road trip to Wales, and my CR-V had the task of accommodating two videographers (plus driver) with all of their kit. So, how did it get on?

Well, the 579-litre boot in my hybrid model is smaller than what you get in the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version by 38 litres, but that wasn’t a detriment to our needs on this trip. The CR-V managed to swallow several suitcases filled with camera gear, plus overnight bags for three people with ease. 

Beyond luggage capacity, having lots of interior space is important for long-distance comfort, and the CR-V’s airy proportions allowed the crew to move around freely without bashing themselves or their cameras into the person in the neighbouring seat. Plus, the large side windows proved to be great portals for shooting out from.

Speaking of which, there was a big cheer of appreciation for the fact that both the front and (outer) rear seats are heated. They warm up quickly and are powerful enough to fend off the chill when having to drive with a window down. The justification for upgrading to range-topping Advance trim was definitely proved over the two days.

Honda CR-V long termer used as for filming

Meanwhile, with an indicated 41.2mpg for this trip, the CR-V appears to be more efficient on motorways than a Kia Sorento hybrid I recently borrowed, which managed 37.8mpg. And the CR-V’s 57-litre fuel tank proved large enough for us to not have to resort to frequent fuel stops.

Any shortcomings? Well, the ride isn’t as supple as that of a Citroen C5 Aircross, so the gimbal stabilising the camera was having to work quite hard to keep the footage steady.

Honda CR-V long termer road trip destination 2023

And while the CR-V’s strong electric motors mean it has little trouble keeping up with traffic in town, it does start to run out of puff when trying to get up to motorway speeds while heavily loaded.

With the hybrid system producing the same 181bhp as it does in the Honda Civic hatchback, it’s understandable that my CR-V’s chunky 1818kg weight (285kg more than the Civic's) has dulled the performance. Has it dulled my view of the CR-V, though? No, this family SUV is still proving to be very easy to live with.

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