- Seven-seater option
- Hybrid version coming
- Twin-screen infotainment system
- On sale from Autumn 2018
This is the new Honda CR-V, which goes on sale in the UK in autumn 2018. It looks set to be more practical, economical and stylish than its predecessor.
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The new CR-V looks like a more muscular version of the current car – the biggest difference is the front grille and headlights. Otherwise it’s very similar in profile, but looks wider and more modern from behind. It’s slightly bigger in all dimensions than the old car, and has 38mm better ground clearance for what Honda calls true off-road potential.
The interior appears a step up in both quality and technology compared to the old car. Traditional rev-counter and speedo dials are replaced by a seven-inch screen, and another seven-inch infotainment touchscreen sits on the dashboard.
You get the same high-mounted gear selector as in the old car – which adds a surprising extra element of comfort to daily driving – and soft-touch materials on the dashboard.
There’s big news in the back of the new CR-V – you can add an optional third row of seats, turning this into an ever-popular seven-seater SUV. Honda claims that access to these rearmost seats is decent, as is kneeroom – helped no doubt by the new CR-V’s wider and longer body.
Other handy features include rear seats that ‘dive down’ when you fold them, so you needn’t push them into the boot floor which is handy when you have your hands full of shopping.
Driving and engines
From 2019 the CR-V will be available as a petrol-electric hybrid, which combines two electric motors with a 2.0-litre petrol engine. Honda hasn’t released claimed fuel economy figures yet, but insists this setup can shift intelligently and smoothly between electric-only and petrol-assisted driving.
Until the hybrid reaches these shores the CR-V’s main engine choice will be a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine available with a six-speed manual or CVT automatic gearbox.
Honda’s making a bit of noise about the CR-V’s off-road potential, and both hybrid and 1.5-litre petrol versions will be available with an optional four-wheel-drive system.
Price and release date
No prices have been officially announced, but expect the new CR-V to cost more than the old one – so it’ll cost from around £25,000 for an entry-level, two-wheel-drive petrol model. Petrol models go on sale in autumn 2018, while hybrids will arrive in early 2019.