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Honda CR-V Hybrid: This is how it performed in the long-term test

The thirsty turbo gasoline engine is history: The Honda CR-V is only available with an extraordinary hybrid drive. He had to take him to the ADAC test - and then prove himself in the endurance test.

  • The domain of the Honda CR-V Hybrid is cruising

  • Generous space for a relaxed journey

  • In practice, it consumes six liters

So far, this car has hardly made any headlines. The model has now been around for more than 25 years: Honda has been offering the SUV with the name CR-V since 1996, for a long time only with a rather thirsty 2.0-liter gasoline engine. It wasn't until 2004 that Honda also took a frugal one Diesel engine in the program. There is only one left now Hybrid version available, optionally with front or all-wheel drive.

The order is clear: the hybrid drive with the abbreviation e: HEV known from Jazz has to be measured by its demands, just like the consumption of diesel Reduce fuel. If he does not succeed in doing this in practice, the complex technology makes little sense. But can the CR-V Hybrid meet this requirement?

The Honda CR-V Hybrid in the ADAC test

Hybrid drives are characterized by the fact that they are small but very efficient Electric motor the significantly larger and stronger, but inefficient Internal combustion engine supported and thus relieved when using fuel. The energy for the small electric motor drops as a by-product when braking and releasing the accelerator. The technical term for this is Recuperation. The braking energy gained is stored in a battery and called up again when required. In principle, this works well in practice, as the Toyota Prius has been proving for many years as a hybrid pioneer.

That was the case with the Honda CR-V Hybrid Main and auxiliary drive ratio but turned around. With 135 kW / 184 PS, the electric motor in the Honda has significantly more power than the combustion engine, which provides a maximum of 107 kW / 146 PS. The idea behind it: The electric machine should be responsible for driving the wheels, the combustion engine for providing the required energy. Of course, the Honda also takes the recuperation energy that arises with it.

The concept explains Honda technician Kotaro Yamamoto: "We decouple the gasoline engine from the wheels. This means that we can always let it work in the range of its most economical operating point. That has advantages." That’s the theory.

Three automatic operating modes

In practice you can three operating states of the Honda CR-V e: HEV differentiate. For one thing electric drivingwithout the combustion engine running: This happens when the load is low, for example when the car is being moved around town. However, the energy reserve in the battery is severely limited at 1.5 kWh, so that only short distances can be driven exclusively using the electric machine and electricity from the battery. The "EV Drive"is no different from that of a familiar hybrid vehicle.

The secondoperation mode of the Honda CR-V Hybrid kicks in when the energy in the battery is running out - especially when there is increased power demand for rapid acceleration and at high speeds on the motorway. In this operating state - and that is the crucial difference - the combustion engine only drives the integrated generator in order to generate electricity. The combustion engine is running, but the car is still purely electric. Honda calls this operating condition "Hybrid drive".

Third - and now it is getting more complicated - there is still an operating state in which the combustion engine is connected directly to the drive axle via a clutch, while the electric machine is decoupled. Now it will Drive completely from the combustion engine accepted. The electric traction machine is at rest.

This one from Honda as "Engine Drive"The third operating mode called" only occurs when the load requirement corresponds almost exactly to the power that the combustion engine delivers at its so-called best point. Because the Honda has no transmission, this is at one speed between 80 and 120 km / h the case when the car glides along like this.

At higher speeds, the system reverts to the second operating mode, hybrid mode: the electric motor takes over the traction, the combustion engine provides the electricity.

The drive changes constantly

And so a constant takes place Back and forth, which is carried out automatically by the hybrid system based on defined energy parameters: Sometimes the electricity from the generator goes to the battery, sometimes directly to the electric machine. And again and again the flow of electricity is split between the drive and the storage unit. When looking at the energy flow display, the driver can get dizzy.

Apart from the occasional roar of the engine, the driver notices of these constant Change the drive mode as good as nothing. Shifting and jerking in the drive train? Nothing. The interior noise is pleasantly low when gliding in the CR-V Hybrid. The petrol engine only starts to make noise under increased load.

Everyday experiences of the editorial team

Christof Henn: "The wondrous Heulboje"

I like big cars, at least when they're not gas guzzlers. Fortunately, the Honda is not that thanks to its hybrid drive. So I enjoy the advantages with a clear conscience: The generous amount of space, also on the back seat, and the trunk with plenty of space for the bulk shopping on Saturday. The view of the traffic is excellent thanks to the high seating position.

Strangely, the Honda is still confusing. I notice this especially when parking in tight parking spaces in the city center - even if the reversing camera makes life as easy as possible. When accelerating, these points of criticism are immediately forgotten: the car then pushes hard. But not exactly noiseless. When you step on the gas pedal on the motorway, it sounds annoying like howling buoy. But I forgive the Honda. It's just a very big and lively car. I think that's wonderful.

Katharina Luca: "The CR-V Hybrid loves speed limits"

Chic, very large and generous - that was the first impression of the Honda CR-V when it was supposed to drive two wellness-hungry people to Tyrol. Even the junior (4), who immediately wanted to take a jaunt after the first sight, has plenty of space with the child seat, and even looks a bit lost on the back seat.

The trunk of the Honda CR-V is also nice and large. Although only two small weekenders had to be stowed away for the trip to Tyrol, there seems to be enough space for family luggage. Due to the size and especially the width of its body, the CR-V is a bit confusing. The reversing camera is therefore indispensable, especially in city traffic.

Accelerating is annoying. Although my colleagues had warned me, I was shocked the first time I stepped on the gas properly when the whine of the engine started. And at higher speeds on the autobahn, he whines constantly. So were allowed to
we should be grateful that you can only travel between 100 and 110 km / h on the Inntal motorway
drives fast. Then driving is very pleasant. The Honda seems to have speed limits
downright loving, as confidently and calmly as he then behaves.

Wolfgang Rudschies: "Just no stress and no rush"

As a car journalist, you are passionate about driving. I also like to be sporty, as long as traffic and traffic regulations allow it. Ultimately, you can only find out what a car is really capable of on a closed-off route - when it comes to the limits of the chassis, tires, brakes and engine power.

If you sit at the wheel of the Honda CR-V Hybrid, the curiosity for all reactions in the limit area disappears immediately. You don't even want to explore the limits. Because after just a few meters you can feel that this car was created solely for calm and relaxed gliding. A car as a means of slowing down.

Sounds paradoxical, but it works great. If you have an important appointment, you leave very early. It can always be something: a traffic jam, a diversion. Then you don't have any stress. It's the same in everyday life: overtaking? Only if it absolutely has to be. The minute really doesn't matter. No stress, no rush. Then the engine won't roar. The Honda CR-V Hybrid educates imperceptibly, but definitely to serenity -
this has a beneficial effect in the otherwise often hectic everyday life.

Jochen Wieler: "Amazing range in consumption"

What impressed me most was how economical the CR-V Hybrid can actually be to drive. A five or a six before the decimal point is more the rule than the exception - and that in a full-fledged SUV with an immense amount of space.

But the truth also means that the driver must do his part. If you have a comfortable driving style that suits the CR-V anyway, you can look forward to the above-mentioned consumption values. It looks different when you're in a hurry and step on the gas on the autobahn. Then it can be over 10 liters of super / 100 km. So the range is enormous.

Consumption: around 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers

While Honda indicates a WLTP consumption of 6.6 liters in the brochures, it fluctuated Everyday consumption in the editorial office at even only around 6.5 liters of super per 100 kilometers of driving. Of course there were individual differences.
As a commuter vehicle between the Munich ADAC headquarters and the surrounding area, the Honda consumed 6.7 liters, purely in City traffic 5.9 liters. Rapid motorway tours in Germany cost nine to ten liters. In speed-limited countries, the editors mostly introduce values ​​below six liters.

The results coincide surprisingly well with the values ​​determined on the test bench under the same test conditions ADAC Ecotest: In the city 5.5, on the country road 6.0, on the highway 9.6 liters. Average consumption: 7.0 liters of super per 100 kilometers. For a large and heavy SUV, these are actually remarkably good values.

For comparison: the purely gasoline-powered CR-V - a four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine with 142 kW / 193 hp and 243 Nm torque - which is no longer available, achieved a consumption of 8.9 liters of super per 100 kilometers in the ADAC Ecotest - almost two liters more!

Strong electric motor with 184 hp

Those who are not afraid of the noise level can even rely on reasonably sporty driving performance. The Electric motor in the CR-V Hybrid it does a good job 184 hp and developed from scratch 315 Nm Torque. This accelerates the Honda CR-V Hybrid from zero to 100 km / h in 8.6 seconds, and it stops at 180 km / h. In sport mode, the power of the drive unfolds even more directly and spontaneously than in eco mode, where the system limits the use of energy.

Honda CR-V Hybrid: Excellent space

The Honda CR-V shows outstanding qualities in terms of space. especially the Legroom on the back seat is worthy of all honor. Four people and luggage for the vacation are no problem at all. Especially as Payload 620 kilograms are allowed. This is joined by a great Suspension comfort as well as good air conditioning for the rear seaters. Properties that show that the car was also developed with the US market in mind.

When the rear seats are folded down, the Loading area 1.80 meters long. That's even enough to accommodate a bike. Or sometimes to make yourself comfortable for a nap. The other side of the coin - at least for Europeans - is the big one Turning circle of almost twelve meters as well as the 2.13 meter wide body including exterior mirrors. Driving on narrow Italian old town streets or the narrowed left lane in motorway construction sites is virtually impossible.

The comfortable one is typical of a large SUV Entry and exit: The seats are at the ideal height, 57 centimeters above the street. Also is that Loading sill the trunk is not a hindrance when loading. Just that Overview disappointed for the driver. The all-round visibility measurement certifies that the Japanese SUV has a very limited view outside, especially at an angle to the rear. Obstacles in front of and behind the vehicle can only be seen at a greater distance. Good thing there is backup camera standard there.

Honda CR-V with conventional controls

The Honda Connect multimedia system is quite cumbersome to use despite the large touch surfaces. Positive aspect: It is arranged in the middle and easy to reach and read. And in contrast to the Civic, the CR-V has a classic one Rotary control for the volume. The climate control panel does not pose any puzzles, but the selected temperature is not shown directly on the buttons, but in the main display.

There are many very small buttons for operation, which are divided between the steering wheel and a switch area on the left behind the steering wheel and are therefore not optimally in the driver's field of vision. It is also annoying that the Commands by finger touch are executed with a time delay.

Innovations for the 2021 model year

For the 2021 model year, Honda only slightly refreshed the CR-V. For example with the one already mentioned e: HEV lettering, with darkened privacy glass in the Elegance and wireless charging for smartphones in the Executive. The equipment line is brand new Sport Linewhich, however, is limited to optical subtleties and has nothing to do with sportier driving performance. With the exception of the basic version called Comfort (from 33,900 euros), all variants are also available with all-wheel drive, for which Honda charges 2000 euros each.

And for the sake of completeness: The top version Executive (from 45,950 euros) is only available with all-wheel drive. The Elegance variant with front-wheel drive tested by ADAC costs from 37,200 euros. It is unfortunate that the CR-V Hybrid as Towing vehicle is only possible to a limited extent. While the gasoline engine was allowed to take up to 1500 kilograms on the hook, it is only 750 kilograms for the hybrid.

Conclusion: surprisingly economical for a large SUV

Those who do not want to use the Honda CR-V Hybrid as a towing vehicle and are not bothered by the occasional roar of the engine, the space requirements or the confusion when parking, should enjoy it. Relaxed cruising is his thing: arm out the window - and just let it go. Then the SUV is also very economical.

Here you can download the detailed test of the ADAC as a PDF (test from 2019)
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Honda CR-V Hybrid: Technical Specifications

Manufacturer information

Honda CR-V 2.0i-MMD Hybrid 2WD Elegance


4-cylinder gasoline engine, 1993 cc, 107 kW / 145 PS, 175 Nm at 4000 rpm

Electric motor

135 kW / 184 PS, 315 Nm torque

Battery capacity

1.5 kWh


8.6 s to 100 km / h, 180 km / h top

Consumption (according to WLTP)

6.6 l super / 100 km, 151 g CO₂ / km


L 4.60 / W 1.86 / H 1.68 m


497 - 1694 l

Empty weight / payload

1614/626 kg

Trailer load (unbraked / braked)

600/750 kg


3 years / 100,000 km


from € 37,200, series from € 33,900

ADAC measured values


Honda CR-V 2.0i-MMD Hybrid 2WD Elegance

Overtaking process 60 - 100 km / h

6.3 s

Braking distance from 100 km / h

36.5 m

Turning circle

11.9 m

Consumption / CO₂ emissions ADAC Ecotest

7.0 l super / 100 km, 189 g CO₂ / km (well-to-wheel)

Rating ADAC Ecotest (max. 5 stars)



810 km

Interior noise at 130 km / h

68.3 dB (A)

Empty weight / payload

1620/620 kg

Trunk volume normal / folded / roof-high

445/890/1560 l

ADAC test result

Honda CR-V 2.0i-MMD Hybrid 2WD

Body / trunk


inner space




Motor / drive


Driving characteristics




Environment / Ecotest


Overall grade


The chapters on safety and the environment are rated twice

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