Ratings - Honda CR-V's performance and ride comfort, high marks for engine performance

Shaun/Apr 16, 2020 06:47 PM

Let’s take an in-depth look at the Honda CR-V’s driving performance as well as ride comfort through our WapCar Ratings.

Engine performance of the Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P

The range-topping Honda CR-V is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 193 PS and 243 Nm of torque. Power goes to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

It’s one of the quickest SUV in its segment, although it does not feel like it due to the smooth CVT characteristics. As tested, 0-100 km/h sprint takes just 8.9 seconds.

Braking performance of the Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P

Braking performance is just a tad above average in the Honda CR-V, taking 40.1 metres to come to a standstill from 100 km/h. The segment’s average braking distance is 41 metres.

Suspension of the Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P

The ride is on the softer side as expected from an SUV and the suspension soaks up road imperfections well. But at higher speeds, the ride quality deteriorates as the suspension struggles to cope with undulations.

In the corners, the CR-V feels slightly cumbersome as it reacts slowly to the weight shifts. Rivals like the Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan does a better job in this aspect. Even the Proton X70 handles better.

Cabin noise level of the Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P

Cabin noise level in the Honda CR-V is about average and far from the quietest in the segment. At 110 km/h, the sound level meter recorded an average of 70 dB. In comparison, the Proton X70 recorded an average of 67 dB.

The Honda CR-V has pretty good straight-line performance, one of the quickest in its segment. However, its handling leaves a lot to be desired. Upside is the suspension deals with road irregularities well at city speeds. Sound insulation could be better, especially when compared to the Proton X70.

All in all, a comfortable SUV that is fast on the straights. Here's a breakdown on the driving performance and comfort:

2018 Honda CR-V 1.5TC 2WD Driving Performance ( 29.5 / 50 pts )
Item Breakdown Points
Engine Acceleration 3.5 / 5 pts
In-gear Acceleration 3.5 / 5 pts
Throttle Response 3 / 5 pts
Transmission Shift Logic 2 / 3 pts
Smoothness 4 / 5 pts
Sport/Manual Mode 1.5 / 3 pts
Steering Accuracy 1.5 / 3 pts
Response 1 / 3 pts
Weight & Feel 1 / 3 pts
Braking Braking Distance 2.5 / 3 pts
Braking Feel 1.5 / 3 pts
Handling Chassis Balance 1.5 / 3 pts
Grip 2 / 3 pts
Load Reaction 1 / 3 pts


2018 Honda CR-V 1.5TC Premium Ride & Comfort ( 35 / 50 pts)
Item Breakdown Points
Ride & Comfort Sound Proofing 6 / 10 pts
Suspension 6 / 10 pts
Passenger Comfort 7 / 10 pts
Seat Support 3.5 / 5 pts
Ergonomics  4 / 5 pts
Engine Refinement 8 / 10 pts