Ratings – Honda CR-V’s build quality and features, high marks for features

Shaun · May 07, 2020 05:48 PM

The Honda CR-V is the most popular non-national SUV in Malaysia, with good reasons too. So let’s dive into the build quality and features through the WapCar Ratings system.

2018 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P Paint Thickness (unit: μm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 260 -
Front Fender 180 180
Front Doors 180 200
Rear Doors 180 210
C-Pillar 160 180
Tailgate 170 -
Roof 220 -
Average Paint Thickness: 192.7 μm
2018 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P Panel Gaps (unit: mm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 3.5 4.5 1
Front Fender 3.5 2.5 1
Front To Rear Door 4 4.5 0.5
Rear Door To C-pillar 3 3 0
Tailgate 5.5 7 1.5

Build quality of the 2019 Honda CR-V

Like the Nissan X-Trail, the Honda CR-V’s build quality is acceptable. Although our test unit showed high paint thickness going up to 260 μm at the bonnet and down to around 160 μm towards to the rear. It should be mentioned that the test unit is several years old.

The largest deviation at 1.5 mm between the gaps on the rear tailgate, while the rest were within expectations. The Nissan X-Trail faired similarly.

2018 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P Exterior Material Use
Test Area Item  Result
Bonnet Sound Proofing Material Thick
Struts Manual
Front Fenders  Sound Proofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Single Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed
Construction Multiple
Tailgate/Boot Opening Powered

Interior build quality is what you’d expect from a RM 170,000 car. Panel gaps are fairly even and cabin materials are pretty alright. There’s soft leather on the dashboard and door panels. But the Mazda CX-5 still feels more premium on the inside.

2018 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P Cabin Material Use
Test Area Item  Result
Seat Seat Cover Leather
Armrest Armrest Cover Leather
Dashboard Upper Section Soft Plastic
Lower Section Hard Plastic
Front Doors Upper Section Soft Plastic
Middle Section Leather
Lower Section Hard Plastic

Features in the 2019 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V comes with everything you’d expect from a modern-day SUV; 6 airbags, stability and traction control, full suite of Honda Sensing ADAS and the Honda LaneWatch Camera.

It should be noted that the integration with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay is also one of the best we’ve experienced. Turn by turn instructions along with distance are displayed on the digital instrument panel.

There are 4 USB inputs in total, a HDMI port and a 12-volt socket. 8-way power adjustable driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and multi-angle rear view camera are standard across the range.

The Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P does offer all the features you need from an SUV. It’s an all-rounder that combines space, practicality, and features in one convincing package.

Its build quality is acceptable for its segment but once you factor in the selling price of RM 175,900, it can be better. Especially when you consider the more powerful and premium feeling Mazda CX-5 Turbo priced at RM 181,660.

2018 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P Quality & Features ( 35 / 50 pts)
Item Breakdown Points
Exterior Paint Finish 2 / 3 pts
Panel Gaps 1.5 / 3 pts
Assembly Quality 1.5 / 3 pts
Interior Build Quality 1.5 / 3 pts
Materials Used 2 / 3 pts
Material Finish Quality 1.5 / 3 pts
Features Safety 9 / 10 pts
ADAS 4 / 5 pts
Luxury 3 / 5 pts
Convenience 4 / 5 pts
Infotainment 5 / 7 pts

2018 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P Ratings:

Driving Performance and Comfort