Honda announces pricing for its facelifted CR-V, on sale from March with a new diesel engine and styling tweaks
Matt Burt
2 October 2014

The facelifted Honda CR-V will go on sale in the UK in March with a starting price of £22,340.

The updated model, which made its debut at the Paris motor show last year, has undergone a significant mid-life refresh, receiving cosmetic tweaks and a new diesel engine.

Four-wheel-drive variants of the fourth-generation CR-V – which has been on sale since 2012 – will now be offered with a higher-powered 1.6 i-DTEC four-cylinder diesel engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series. The new engine variant replaces the 2.2 i-DTEC diesel, which is being phased out.

The new diesel engine produces 158bhp and 258lb ft. Its CO2 output is 129g/km, when the engine is coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. This represents an 11% improvement compared with the outgoing unit.

This engine will also be offered with a new nine-speed automatic transmission in place of the old five-speed self-shifting 'box. The CO2 emissions for this combination will be less than 135g/km, 20% better than its predecessor.

The two-wheel-drive CR-V, available with a six-speed manual gearbox, will continue to be offered with the lower-powered version of the 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine. It's the frugal champion in the range, producing 118bhp and emitting 115g/km of CO2 in its most efficient guise.

The existing 2.0-litre petrol engine will continue to be offered with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and either the manual or automatic five-speed transmission. CO2 emissions for the petrol-engined models range from 168g/km to 179g/km.

The most significant cosmetic tweaks across the range are at the front of the car, which receives new headlamps, radiator grille, foglights, skidplate and bumper. The enhancements at the rear include new LED tail-lights and a refreshed tailgate and bumper design. The car is also available with Honda's adaptive cruise control system for the first time.

Honda will continue to offer the CR-V in a choice of four trim levels: S, SE, SR and EX. Standard equipment includes Honda's Multi Info Display, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and 17in alloys, while SE trim adds a leather steering wheel and gearknob, automatic lights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, Honda's Connect infotainment system and front foglights.

SR specification features a leather and Alcantara interior, heated front seats, satellite navigation and larger 18in alloy wheels, while top-end EX models get keyless entry, a panoramic glass roof and a powered tailgate.

Honda says the version of the CR-V sold in the UK and Europe has been specifically developed and engineered to suit driving conditions here. The car will continue to be built at Honda’s plant in Swindon.

Prices for the facelifted CR-V start at £22,340 for the 2.0 i-VTEC 2WD in S trim, and rise to £35,620 for the 1.6 i-VTEC in EX specification.

Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below:

Our Verdict

Honda CR-V

Can the Honda CR-V bring anything new to a crowded arena?

1 October 2014
I didn't think they could make the rear quarter anymore awkward or ugly but they managed to pull it off, well done!

A34

1 October 2014
With a 27% decrease in size over the 2.2D, the new meatier 1.6D should have a great effect at the fuel pumps. The higher power 1.6D would be a good option on the Civic too... look forward to hearing how it drives.

1 October 2014
158bhp out of a 1.6 diesel is impressive. Although I'd love to see it dyno'd.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

1 October 2014
I can look past bland looks but this isn't bland, it's plain revolting at the back end, even worse than the RAV4. Thank goodness for Mazda and Infiniti for showing that the Japanese haven't completely lost the styling plot. At least the forthcoming HRV looks ok and so maybe Honda are turning the corner; but then the new Jazz, oh dear me.

1 October 2014
I test drove the current 1.6 CR-V and dismissed it outright, the interior reeks of cost/corner cutting but worst of all the drive was terrible. The electric steering was like a narrow boat tiller with no precision and a strange level of kickback. The CR-V suspension has always been fairly firm but in an attempt to fix the ride it they had just added a layer of imprecision with no gain in comfort.

But - if they fix these things as well the new model could be a winner although as usual with Honda these days its years late getting to the party. If good though this could be the only decent sized SUV with 4WD, a good amount of power and crucially below the 130g limit set by many employers. The potential is there to shift bucket loads. And the caravan club will be having kittens over it.

1 October 2014
...the mid-life refresh hasn't fixed the CR-V's biggest problem - that horrid rear end. As owners of two of the previous CR-V it was a big disappointment to see how they'd ruined this one.

The new engine is interesting, especially since it's offered with 4WD, and there finally seems to be a competitive auto. But I fear many people can't get past those looks, me included. We went German instead and very happy we are too.


MrJ

1 October 2014
Hideous.

1 October 2014
I like the new front end but this has done nothing to address the issues with the angles of the rear lights and tapering window line being completley out of sync. Its like the rear end was designed by a completley different team to the front 3/4's of the car and neither was allowed to see each others work.

1 October 2014
The new 1.6 sounds good though, as someone mentioned above could be a real winner as a warm diesel model in the civic range (if the civic wasnt so bloody ugly!)

1 October 2014
Granturismo wrote:

The new 1.6 sounds good though, as someone mentioned above could be a real winner as a warm diesel model in the civic range (if the civic wasn't so bloody ugly!)

And if it can come in below 130g/km in a great big CR-V with 4 wheel drive, in the smaller, lighter 2 wheel drive Civic it 'should' be spectacular, an ultra cheap on personal tax company car with good pace.

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals
  • Hyundai Kona
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Hyundai's funky-looking Kona crossover with a peppy three-cylinder engine makes all the right noises for the car to be a success in a crowded segment
  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq