2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid SUV Review – Even 4X4

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2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid SUV Review – Even 4X4 | Clean and modern in lines, but not mischievous: the new Honda CR-V does not want to be a fashion car, it’s a discreet car, suitable for those who do not like being noticed. Maybe this is not the style that we Europeans love (we say Italians), but the numbers are right: on a global level, the CR-V was the best-selling SUV from 2012 to 2017.

Inside has improved a lot, both in design (the most European among the Japanese), both in the quality – already high – of finishing materials. Honda has invested a lot of energy also to improve the space on board and the technological equipment, which as standard offers a long list of driving aids.

No diesel on the lineup, only petrol engines and the new hybrid engine, combined with two or four-wheel drive, that we went to try in Spain in the solar Seville.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Redesign & Changes – More Spacious

We said, despite the business card, this fifth generation of Honda CR-V improves on all fronts, starting from space. The length compared to the previous version remains unchanged ( 4.60 meters ), but the wheelbase is 3 cm longer, which means more comfortable passengers and more liters of the boot, which now measures 497 liters, on the Hybrid, 561 liters on the version on petrol. Also good space for storage compartments: many, capacious and even modular.

Hybrid & 4X4

But let’s get to the heart, hybrid in this case, of the new Honda CR-V. It is a unique engine: a 2.0 four-cylinder engine is combined with an electric motor and a generator. But these two are connected only by a clutch, there is no change.

Honda claims that in this way consumption is reduced in every situation and that driving is more pleasant and intuitive. The numbers are not bad at all: the engine produces a total of 184 hp, the 0-100 km/h is covered in 8.8 seconds and the maximum speed is 180 km / h. As for consumption, however, the House declares an average of 5.3 l/100 km (according to the NEDC approval cycle).

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is also available with four-wheel drive, this time more traditional: there is no rear electric motor to provide power to the wheels, but a “trivial” drive shaft.

Test Drive

From the first few kilometers, the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid looks different from the classic hybrid with a CVT gearbox. The acceleration is more direct as if there were a gear engaged, at least until you press the accelerator up to half or three quarters. Only when you press the pedal all the way down does the clutch begin to slip and allow the heat engine to intervene in an important way.

This operation of the engine not only makes the response more immediate and driving more enjoyable but makes the ride even quieter. It hardly spurts up, and when it does not scream too annoyingly. The boost of the 184 hp is good, even if diluted, but the CR-V is not a slow car at all. And then you can drive with pleasure even among the curves, where you appreciate a set-up “right middle way” and connected and consistent steering.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Fuel Economy

The consumption depends very much use: in the city, you can do a lot of kilometers almost exclusively using the electric motor, while the hilly suburban locations the internal combustion engine works much more. Let’s say that the 7 liters/ 100 km could represent a realistic consumption.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Price & Equipment

The prices of the Honda CR-V two-wheel drive start at $37,193 for the Comfort version, which becomes $40,698 for the Elegance and $44,089 for the Lifestyle. The 4WD version instead starts from the Elegance version with a price of $42,959, which become $46350, for the Lifestyle Navi and $50,307 for the Executive.