2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Review – The new Honda CR-V that has decided to skip the diesel finally receives the engine that will allow it to make volume on the old continent. This hybrid version uses a different technique of competition with the key emission levels that can return to an acceptable penalty.
This is a non-rechargeable hybrid engine that combines a four-cylinder petrol 2.0-liter i-VTEC petrol and two electric blocks forming a total power of 184 hp. The CR-V is following in the footsteps of its longtime rival, the Toyota Rav-4, but uses a different technology.
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Engine Specs
Here the engine, an atmospheric 4-cylinder 2.0 petrol of 145 hp is not connected to the wheels in the low-speed phases. How? Precisely, the originality of the system lies in the nature of its transmission. In fact, the system called i-MMD “removes” the gearbox and uses an electric motor that delivers its torque from 0 rpm for the takeoff phases. It is associated with an electric motor placed on the same axis, which serves the only generator. To schematize, the thermal block serves as a generator. In electric mode, only this tandem comes into play thanks to a fixed reduction ratio. In this case, the CR-V can evolve up to 100 km / h without consuming a drop of gasoline. Honda ensures that at this speed, the car will run in electric 1/3 of the time, which favors the fuel budget.
The rest of the time the heat engine comes into play and couples to the common axis. Honda engineers have chosen to run the Atkinson four-cylinder engine at its peak efficiency point to provide maximum energy to the generator, which recharges the battery. The part of the torque that is not used for the propulsion of the vehicle is used to drive the generator. When the pace drops, the 4-cylinder turns off in favor of consumption. The principle is exactly the same as on the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera lights. On high-speed phases, the gasoline engine drives the wheels alone via a gear ratio that is about the same as the sixth year of a standard gearbox. A case better adapted for the highway where the electric autonomy would melt like snow in the sun. For the user, the system is transparent and automatically switches between the three driving modes: electric, hybrid and thermal.
In use, changes in energy sources are imperceptible. Only the display on the central screen tells you which one is used. The starts are lively because they are provided by the electric block that provides torque instantly. In the town, the CR-V offers a quiet operation very close to an electric car. The heat engine that runs to power the batteries is a foolproof discretion. Flexibility and silence are the keywords of this 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid which thanks to its unique transmission system dispenses services of the CVT box, present on the thermal version, which means that there is no effect skating between each “pass” of reports. Outside agglomeration, we see that the electric motor fills the low torque of 2.
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Performance & Fuel Economy
On main roads, the heat engine takes over alone and invites to a flexible and poured driving. The strong acceleration is more noticeable by the howling of the engine speed than by the movement of the counter hand. In short, the CR-V invites you to ride calmly, in the American style. The balance at the pump was slightly disappointing with an average of 7.7 l / 100 km recorded on a mixed city/road/ highway route. It is far enough from the 5.3 l / 100 km homologated in correlated NEDC. However, we have adopted a standard driving style in respect of speed limits. Let’s bet that it is easy to go under 6.5 l / 100 km by touching the right pedal. On the other hand, this hybrid version drops the ecological penalty to € 50, with an average of 120 g of CO2 / km,
Primarily designed for our American neighbors who love straight lines, the CR-V displays comfort-oriented roadside behavior. The suspensions, aided by a multi-link rear axle, perfectly filter the asperities to offer a quiet and quiet ride. Nippon is not as alert and solid on its support as the European stars, but the copy made remains honorable. Be aware that the SUV is also offered with all-wheel drive as its rival the Toyota Rav-4 Hybrid. The four-wheel drive system here uses a multi-disc clutch that connects to a drive shaft and transfers torque to the rear wheels in case of loss adhesion. When it is not necessary, the drive shaft to the rear wheel disconnects.
This 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid version incorporates the brand’s latest developments in terms of driving aids, including a highly-supplied safety pack that includes: collision avoidance lane departure warning, lane departure mitigation system , Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Monitoring, Vehicle Warning System When Approaching Reverse and Multi Rear Camera -angles.
The arrival of batteries housed under the floor of the trunk impacts the benefits of Japanese host. However, Honda limits the breakage since the volume falls to only 497 liters. In addition, the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid will only be available in 5 seats, while its thermal counterpart offers up to 7 seats. At the back, the Japanese welcome his passengers in very good conditions. Increasing measurements benefit the leg room and offer better elbow width for a more comfortable fit, USB charging points and plenty of storage space.
The cockpit is in all respects similar to the classic CR-V with the presence of a combined digital instrumentation. Unlike this, it includes a linear power meter with a battery status indicator. The driver also has all the information about the energy sources in use. There’s also a 7-inch touchscreen that offers connectivity for Android and Carplay smartphones. The presentation is serious and the quality of the materials used of good quality.
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Price
The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is available with the same finishes as the thermal versions from € 34,600, which puts it in the middle of the market, right in front of the new Toyota Rav-4 Hybrid (€ 34,950). From the entry-level “Comfort” we find for example automatic climate control, heated seats or adaptive cruise control.