Honda is a car company which knows a thing or two about hybrids, having incorporated the technology into its cars for some time now. One of the latest to feature a hybrid system is the firm’s popular CR-V, bringing a super-efficient electrified powertrain to the spacious and practical SUV.
As a firm with an ever-present focus on the benefits that electric power can provide, it’s an obvious move by Honda to put a petrol-electric powertrain into the CR-V. But what else do you need to know about this latest SUV?
Here’s our buyer’s guide to the new model…
What powertrains are available?
It’ll probably come as little surprise that the Honda CR-V Hybrid is available with just one powertrain. It blends petrol and electric power together to form one efficient, low-emissions setup which aims to bring a more environmentally-friendly way of getting around compared with a traditional petrol or diesel model.
It takes a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre petrol engine and adds it to an electric motor and batteries for a combined 181bhp. That’s not a bad amount of punch to have on tap, and allows for a 0-60mph time of around nine seconds.
Efficiency-wise, Honda claims up to 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 126g/km. There's also the choice of either front- or all-wheel-drive, with the latter option being a better choice for those who want a little more security in slippery conditions.
What trim levels are offered?
The entry point to the CR-V Hybrid’s list of specifications is S. It brings a comprehensive list of standard equipment, with highlights including LED headlights and taillights, a full lane keep assist system and keyless entry too.
You also get Bluetooth connectivity, making it easier to take calls and play media through the car’s system.
Up next is SE. As well as the equipment available on S, SE adds Honda’s full Connect infotainment system which is accessed via a central touchscreen display. On top of this you get dual-zone climate control and Garmin satellite navigation, representing a lot of equipment for a second-level specification.
Coming up next is SR. It brings a sportier look to the car overall with larger alloy wheels and a more dynamic appearance which will make it an ideal choice for those who like to stand out from the crowd. You also get leather upholstery inside, while privacy glass helps with security levels as well as helping to keep the cabin cool on hot days.
Finally, there’s EX grade. This features pretty much everything you could possibly want, adding more equipment on top of that available as part of the other grades. An opening glass roof is one key addition, as is the fitment of a heated steering wheel and rear seats - a useful touch on cold winter days. A glass roof is one notable addition, as is the fitment of a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats - a welcome touch for cold winter days.
Up front, you also get a driver’s seat with eight-way power adjustment which helps to make sure you find the perfect position behind the wheel.
Honda has done well to incorporate several areas for personalisation. With the CR-V, there’s the option of two packs - Aero and Style - with the former bringing a variety of dynamic styling touches designed to make the car stand out even more. A spoiler is included, for instance, as well as aero front and rear bumpers. The Style pack, meanwhile, brings colour-coded exterior trim for a classier look.
There are also eight exterior colours to choose from, with the red shades looking particularly good.