​Honda CR-V vs Honda HR-V: Which SUV Model Is Best for You?​

Honda is renowned for manufacturing practical, stylish and safe SUVs. In fact, 97%* of customers recommend Honda cars for their numerous qualities and advanced safety features. The Honda CR-V and Honda HR-V are both top rated SUV crossovers, but which one is right for you?

What’s the difference?

The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV, described as a mid-range utility vehicle. Whereas the Honda HR-V is a smaller, coupé-inspired SUV that’s surprisingly versatile and powerful.

We have created a comparison of the two models to help you find out more about their unique features and determine the best option for you! 

The Honda HR-V


The Honda HR-V body is designed to be both stylish and practical with the youthful style of a coupé and sturdiness of an SUV. The Honda HR-V is also significantly smaller model than the Honda CR-V, making it ideal for travelling in through rush hour traffic or for parking in tighter spaces.


The Honda HRV has great handling car for a small SUV, with precise and smooth steering. It is comparable to the larger Honda CR-V model in this respect.


Despite its compact exterior, the interior of the Honda HR-V is spacious and designed to adapt to your lifestyle. While there is less cargo space than the CR-V, the Honda HR-V does have the added benefit of 60:40 Magic Seat splits. These seats can be effortlessly configured to fit any extra cargo you require.  The HR-V also has 437 litres of luggage capacity.


The Honda HR-V is close behind the Honda CR-V in terms of technology and is now also available with Honda Sensing too. This technology offers driver assistance features including road departure mitigation, collision mitigation, lane departure warning and more to keep you and your passengers safe.

The CR-V has a few extra technological advancements, but the Honda HR-V tech specs are excellent if you are looking for a great value.

Fuel economy:

The latest Honda HR-V comes with a 1.8 litre, naturally aspirated four-cylinder for first-rate fuel economy. The HR-V has a slightly higher fuel economy than the CR-V. 

The Honda CR-V

Body Style:

The Honda CR-V has a sporty exterior with refined lines, like many of Hondas popular models. In comparison to the Honda HR-V, the Honda CR-V has a more mature style, which is perfect for older buyers and families.


The Honda CR-V 2.4 litre engine makes this model more powerful than its HR-V counterpart, and quicker by 0.4 seconds to 60 mph. So, you might consider this SUV preferable if you spend a lot of time on the motorway.


The Honda CR-V also features Honda Sensing, making it a safe SUV option for cautious drivers. If the latest infotainment system is an important factor for you, it also boasts an impressive 7-inch display audio screen.


The cargo area is larger in the Honda CR-V, which is ideal if you require a lot of space, for instance, if you have a growing family or like take your vehicle on long trips with extra luggage. The cargo space is 522 litres in the five-seater option and 472 litres in the seven-seat model.

Fuel Economy:

The Honda CR-V is available in two engines: a 1.5 Litre turbocharged four-cylinder and a 2.5 litre four-cylinder base engine. It is also now available with an advanced hybrid powertrain, combining sporty driving experiences with high economy and lower emissions.

We hope that this comparison has helped you understand the differences in these models and choose the Honda SUV that suits you and your lifestyle. If you would like more advice on our Honda SUVs, our sales team will be happy to go discuss the latest models with you.

You can also visit us to complete a test drive or view the range of Honda HR-V and CR-Vs at our Christchurch and Dorset showrooms. For further information, please make an enquiry


*Source: https://www.honda.co.uk/cars/world-of-honda/reviews.html