The New Generation Honda CR-V Hybrid has won the Best Hybrid Car of the Year over £30,000 at the 2019 What Car? Awards.
Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? praised Honda's strategy to switch to Hybrid technology, saying: "Honda took a bold decision by not offering its new CR-V large SUV with diesel engines. Given that, this new hybrid version needed to be very good indeed. And so it is, delivering diesel-like fuel economy from its 2.0-litre petrol engine and electric motor."
In most situations, the CR-V hybrid’s engine doesn’t drive the wheels directly; instead, it’s used to charge the battery, meaning that the electric motor is doing most of the heavy work. Only when you call for a surge in acceleration – or select the appropriate driving mode – does the engine power the wheels by itself. Add in steering that lets you place the car accurately on the road, a comfortable driving position and plenty of space in the rear and the CR-V hybrid is an attractive proposition. There’s a big boot on offer, too, helping to make up for the fact that there’s no seven-seat version, unlike with non-hybrid CR-Vs. Compared to it's rivals it emits less CO2 and should get you farther between stops at the petrol station.