2019 Honda CR-V: Should You Consider The Turbo Petrol Version?

There’s plenty to like about the newest Honda CR-V but is the seven-seater AWD petrol version good enough to take on the most practical of its rivals?

If you want three rows of seats and all-wheel drive, then the 2019 Honda CR-V is available only with an automatic CVT gearbox and the 187hp (190PS) version of the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine.

0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 10 seconds while top speed is set at 124mph (200km/h). Honda isn’t offering a diesel-powered version of the CR-V, instead you can opt for the Hybrid model, which is also available in front- and all-wheel drive variants.

Honda’s all-wheel drive system can shift up to 60 percent of the torque to the rear axle when necessary while the chassis features a MacPherson strut up front and a multi-link setup at the rear. Both axles get hydraulic suspension bushings for better ride quality.

In addition, there’s also a noise-canceling system to keep the cabin quieter than ever while the third row of seats can fit two adults but only for short trips.

Europe’s compact SUV segment is notoriously crowded with models from almost every manufacturer; some offer more room, others pretend to be a sports car but very few manage to hit the sweet spot. Let’s find out if the Honda CR-V is one of them.


  • SteersUright

    Noisy, thirsty, well made, sounds like a Honda. Honda has never truly addressed just how noisy all of their cars are. Was in the back of a new Accord on an Uber ride, and was shocked at how noisy the ride was. In fact, totally scratched the Accord off my list when helping my mom look for her new ride.

  • LouInPA

    Turbo petrol model – or as we in the states call it “Acura RDX” LOL

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen


      In the US, aside from the LX trim every single CR-V sold has the 1.5t.

  • KidRed

    It does NOT look good enough. Gross…

  • Super Rob

    CRV’s are awesome, and Honda sells a ton of them in the US. Our 1.5T has averaged about 32mpg since we bought it last year. For the first time in CRV history, this generation has very comfortable seats. I have two complaints which comes from comparing it to my Pathfinder. Stereo sucks, and it’s louder in the cabin. This could be a CRV deficiency or my Pathfinder is incredibly quiet with a great sound system. I know they are different classes of vehicles but the price was within about $5k of each other.

  • fashionvalley

    Oil dilution issues with ALL 1.5T’ and lousy CVT=fail! Offer 2.0T with 10 speed automatic and I’ll buy one today!

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