Living with it: Honda CR-V Hybrid SR

The Honda CR-V is a popular family SUV, and now gets a high-tech hybrid powertrain for this all-new 2019 model. So what's it like to live with?

Having arrived only last week, our new green machine, the Honda CR-V Hybrid, is the newest car on the DrivingElectric fleet. I was excited to get the keys. I don’t have a driveway at home, so a pure-electric car is tricky for me, but I do want to save money on fuel, so I'm hoping that the hybrid Honda can help with that. An average economy of 36.9mpg so far is a little disappointing but I'll be doing a lot of urban miles for the foreseeable, which is where the car's hybrid powertrain really shines, so hopefully that will improve. 

As is so often the way, once you’re driving a new model you are amazed by how many of the same type you see on the road. I’ve spotted plenty of previous-generation examples around London recently. My new car seems considerably larger than that old version, and I’ve found that it’s really practical as a result. The hatch opens high and the doors open wide, with easy access to the rear seats and a large load area. 

The CR-V range moves up from S to SE, past SR and on to the range-topping EX. Our SR doesn’t have the EX’s powered tailgate that you can wave your foot under to open, but that’s really no problem. What I do like are the simple handles on both sides of the boot, which enable me to drop the rear seats without having to come around to the doors.

I may have had the car for only a few weeks, but I’ve already made use of its spacious cabin by loading in some 2.4-metre lengths of wood for a building project my eldest son George has started. We’ve also freed up the full 1,697-litre boot by dropping all the rear seats to move some paintings for an artist friend.

Of course, the CR-V gobbles up even the largest of family supermarket shops with ease, and I’m sure that the big rubber mat will protect the carpeted load area on the inevitable trips to the allotment or rubbish dump. The CR-V is proving comfortable so far, with a high seating position and plenty of space in the back for my teenage boys, who need a lot of legroom. Both kids are six-footers, and they’ve each remarked on the room they're enjoying, although they're even more pleased with the twin front and rear USB ports that come as standard.

Looking through our car’s spec sheet, the amount of standard safety tech included across the range impresses. Brake assist, forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist, traffic-sign recognition and adaptive cruise control are all present, which is great. There's even vehicle and trailer-stability assist, should towing be your thing, although the maximum towing capacity of 750kg means that the CR-V Hybrid is no caravanner's car. 

The infotainment system has been reasonably easy to use; George synced his phone within a matter of seconds through the dash display. The screen is bigger than in previous CR-V models, but it struggles when compared with both the size and style of the unit in the Mercedes A-Class I ran before the Honda. I know they’re different cars and in different classes, but they’re similar in price.

Anyway, with some sizeable trips planned this month, I’m certainly looking forward to putting some proper miles on the Honda.

Model: Honda CR-V Hybrid SR 2WD eCVT
On fleet since: May 2019
Price new: £34,470
Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl & e-motor, 143bhp + 181bhp
CO2/tax: 120g/km/£140
Options: Pearlescent paint (£850)
Insurance*: Group: 24 Quote: £502
Mileage/mpg: 827/36.9mpg
Any problems?: None so far

**Insurance quote from AA (0800 107 0680) for a 42-year-old in Banbury, Oxon, with three points.