Honda CR-V Hybrid boot space & seating
Generous passenger space is one of the Honda CR-V's biggest selling points, and the boot is impressively roomy and practical, too
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The Honda CR-V is a roomy and practical car, with masses of space for those sat in the front and back, and plenty of useful cubbies to keep your stuff stowed out of sight. The boot, too, is big enough to cope with the demands of family motoring. It's worth noting, though, that the Toyota RAV4 has more luggage space, and there are also non-electrified alternatives such as the Skoda Kodiaq that offer seven-seat versatility.
Honda CR-V Hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
Five adults can sit comfortably in the CR-V, with the exception of the middle seat in the back, where legroom is restricted by a slightly raised segment of the floor. The firmness of the seat itself also means the centre passenger sits higher, so tall people may struggle for headroom here. However, there are no such issues in the other four seats. Legroom and headroom is plentiful and the CR-V will be comfortable for even the lankiest passengers on long journeys.
All the typical interior storage compartments can be found in the CR-V. In addition to the glovebox, the centre console has a deep storage area and a dedicated tray for a smartphone, placed conveniently next to the USB inputs. Anyone with young kids or restricted mobility will love the easy access to the seats, too, since the doors open very wide to leave a broad aperture. Leaning in to strap in a child is an absolute doddle.
With the back seats up, luggage capacity in the boot stands at 497 litres. This is less than you get in the Toyota RAV4, but actually more than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers, and is certainly spacious enough to cope with chunky buggies or dog crates. With the seats folded down, capacity increases to 1,694 litres (or 1,638 litres if the glass roof is fitted). Usefully, the seats fold completely flat, leaving a long boot space that's flush with the very low boot lip, making it easy to slide in bulky items. The powered tailgate on EX-spec cars helps with this, 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 & comfortIn 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 & practicality - currently readingGenerous 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?