Words by Declan Glynn

An all-new version of the ‘World’s Best-Selling SUV’, the Honda CR-V, was launched on to the Irish market in 2018, and comprises a petrol-only engine, or a petrol/electric Hybrid version.

There are four variants in the new CR-V Hybrid model line-up – Comfort, Lifestyle, Elegance, and Executive.

All models (except the range-topping Executive model) are available with a 2WD drivetrain, with 4WD available in all but the entry-level Comfort model, with a technologically-advanced e-CVT transmission standard across the entire CR-V Hybrid range.

Review car

My review car was a Honda CR-V 2.0-litre Hybrid i-MMD 184PS 4WD e-CVT.

Key standard equipment includes 18” alloy wheels, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, electrically operated and folding exterior mirrors, dual automatic climate control, parking sensors front and rear and a rear view camera.

Other features include leather multi-function steering wheel, Honda CONNECT (featuring Garmin Navigation, 7” touchscreen, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, internet radio, Aha app integration and internet browsing), and an auto-dimming rear view mirror – and much more.

Producing 181bhp (184PS) and a healthy 315Nm of torque, my review car performed admirably on a variety of road surfaces.

With Multi-Link suspension up front, and MacPherson struts at the rear, the car felt confident, composed and agile in equal measure, while the standard dual rack and pinion electric power steering allows for precise responses to steering inputs.

Capable of a top speed of 180km/h, the petrol/electric powertrain has the ability to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 9.2-seconds (or in as little as 8.8-seconds in 2WD guise).

Fuel consumption as low as 5.5l/100km (51.4mpg) is possible on a combined fuel economy cycle, with this dropping to an even more impressive figure of 5.3l/100km (53.3mpg) for the 2WD drivetrain.

In most urban driving situations, the CR-V Hybrid will shuffle between Hybrid Drive and EV Drive for optimum efficiency.

Pricing for the new Honda CR-V Hybrid starts at €38,000 (ex-delivery), with my review car specification priced at €49,500. Annual road tax for the CR-V Hybrid 2WD is just €200, with the 4WD drivetrain seeing an annual road tax of €270.