Honda CR-V Hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
In top-spec EX trim, the Honda CR-V has a genuine premium feel, but the infotainment system is a bit of a letdown
Honda says the top-of-the-range EX trim is the biggest-selling CR-V Hybrid, so it has gone to great lengths to ensure customers get a car with an interior befitting of the hefty price tag. Comfort is also a strong point, largely because of the impressive – albeit complicated – hybrid system, which keeps the engine running on low revs most of the time. This means the CR-V is impressively quiet under all but harsh acceleration.
The ride is tuned for comfort as well; you get a bit of sloppy body control, but the CR-V keeps its occupants mostly oblivious to the road's bumps and scars. A small update for the 2021 model year brought some slight specification changes along with some revisions to the car's suspension.
Honda CR-V Hybrid dashboard
Honda has introduced a new method of selecting drive, neutral, park and reverse, with buttons on the lower part of the centre console, and it works well. These are flanked by the electronic parking brake, and buttons for sport, economy, and EV modes. Above these is a dedicated cluster for climate-control functions, topped off with a colour touchscreen (the latter on all but S trim cars).
The radio and sat nav are operated here, while a digital display behind the steering wheel gives you information such as speed, fuel economy, driving mode and much else besides. Controls on the steering wheel are used to navigate these. The most noticeable design element in EX trim are the wood-effect panel inserts, which seem a bit tacky and out-of-keeping with the rest of the cabin. A black fabric is the standard seat finish on lower-spec cars, or SR and EX get leather as standard.
Equipment, options and accessories
Four trims are available on the CR-V Hybrid: S, SE, SR, and EX. Front-wheel drive can be chosen on the S, SE and SR, while all-wheel drive is available on the SE and SR. All-wheel drive costs £1,100 more than front-wheel drive on trim levels where there’s a choice between the two; the EX, however, is all-wheel-drive only.
On SE spec, you’ll find parking sensors and a useful rear-view camera, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are introduced. SR cars get a handful of extra safety features as well as the leather interior, while EX boasts luxuries like a panoramic glass sunroof and heated rear seats. All versions get 18-inch alloy wheels as standard. As of December 2021, SE trim and above gets rear privacy glass, while EX cars get a wireless phone charger as standard.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
Smartphone connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard on the SE, SR and EX trims, which is great news because it means you can override the fiddly standard system – undoubtedly one of the CR-V Hybrid’s weaker elements. The sat nav can be laborious to use at times, as can other features controlled using the touchscreen. The graphics look dated, too.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Honda CR-V is a spacious and comfortable hybrid family SUV with room for five, but its real-world fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures let it down somewhat
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe Honda CR-V Hybrid has disappointing official economy figures, but our test economy of around 40mpg is good by class standards
- 3Running costs & insuranceRunning costs for the Honda CR-V are decent, but it's one of the more expensive cars in its class to buy in the first place
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Honda CR-V features a high-tech petrol-electric hybrid powertrain and the 2.0-litre engine is quiet and capable
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingIn top-spec EX trim, the Honda CR-V has a genuine premium feel, but the infotainment system is a bit of a letdown
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityGenerous passenger space is one of the Honda CR-V's biggest selling points, and the boot is impressively roomy and practical, too
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Honda CR-V Hybrid has a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating thanks to its extensive standard safety kit, and Honda's reliability record is excellent
- 8Living with itThe Honda CR-V is a popular family SUV, and starting in 2019 gets a high-tech hybrid powertrain. So what's it like to live with?