Ratings: 2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD - Still an excellent all-rounder

Shaun · May 1, 2021 02:00 PM

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We've regarded the Honda CR-V as a great all-rounder for a family SUV. After all, it came out on top in last year's Ratings Comparison test between C-segment SUVs. Now that the facelift has arrived, we thought we'd put it through the scrunity of Ratings tests once again.

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2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD: Driving Performance - 28.5/50 pts, AWD slightly blunts acceleration

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD - Facts and Figures
Engine 1.5-litre turbo 4-cylinder
Transmission CVT automatic
Power 193 PS @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 243 Nm @ 2,000 - 5,000 rpm
Weight 1,602 kg
0-100 km/h 9.3 seconds
100-0 km/h 41.5 metres

The 2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD does 0-100 km/h in 9.3 seconds. Compared to the pre-facelift model, it's 0.4 seconds slower, which we suspect could be due to the additional weight and drivetrain losses.

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Braking performance is about average in the facelifted Honda CR-V, taking 41.5 metres to come to a standstill from 100 km/h.

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The facelift exercise hasn't changed the driving experience. In the corners, the Honda CR-V feels slightly cumbersome as it reacts slowly to the weight shifts. Rivals like the Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan do a better job in this aspect

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD - Driving Performances Breakdown
Engine Acceleration 3 / 5
In-gear Acceleration 3.5 / 5
Throttle Response 3 / 5
Transmission Shift Logic 2 / 3
Smoothness 4 / 5
Sport/Manual Mode 1.5 / 3
Steering Accuracy 1.5 / 3
Response 1 / 3
Weight & Feel 1 / 3
Braking Distance 2 / 3
Feel 1.5 / 3
Handling Chassis Balance 1.5 / 3
Grip 2 / 3
Load Reaction 1 / 3
Total   28.5 / 50 pts

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD: Ride Comfort - 34.5/50 pts, feels quieter than numbers suggest

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2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD - Cabin noise
0 km/h (AC off) 42 dB
0 km/h (AC on) 47 dB
60 km/h (AC on) 62 dB
90 km/h (AC on) 65 dB
110 km/h (AC on) 70 dB

The seats aren't exceptionally supportive, but seat base for both the front and rear seats do provide adequate thigh support for long-distance journeys.

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.

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Cabin noise level in the Honda CR-V is about average and far from the quietest in the segment. Subjectively however, we do notice that it feels quieter than the pre-facelift model. We'd attribute this to the active noise cancellation feature.

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD - Ride Comfort Breakdown
Sound Proofing 6 / 10
Suspension 6 / 10
Passenger Comfort 7 / 10
Seat Support 3.5 / 5
Ergonomics 4 / 5
Engine Refinement 8 / 10
Total points 34.5 / 50 pts

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD: Quality and Features - 37/50 pts, has everything you'd need

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2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD - Panel Gaps (mm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side Difference
Bonnet 4 4 0
Front Fender 4 3 1
Front to Rear Door 4.5 4 0.5
Rear Door to quarter panel 4 4 0
Tailgate 6 6 0
2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD- Paint Thickness (µm)
Location Driver Side Passenger Side
Front Bonnet 155
Front Fender 110 107
Front Door 128 130
Rear Door 123 116
Rear Quarter Panel 113 110
Tailgate 104
Roof 117
Average paint thickness: 119 µm ±14

Paint thickness consistency is acceptable despite the slightly high paint thickness number on the bonnet at 155. Other panels were averaging in the high 110s of μm.

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2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD - Exterior Material Use
Bonnet Soundproofing Material Thick
Struts Manual
Front Fenders Soundproofing Material Yes
Doors Front Windows Single Glazed
Rear Windows Single Glazed
Construction Multiple
Tailgate/Boot Opening Powered

Panel gaps are fairly consistent as well, with multiple readings showing identical gaps on mirroring panels.

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD - Cabin Material Use
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 Plastic
  Lower Section Hard Plastic

Interior build quality is as expected from a car of its segment. There’s soft leather on the dashboard and door panels to elevate perceived quality. But the Mazda CX-5 still feels more premium on the inside.

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The 2020 Honda CR-V facelift maintains its comprehensive safety features; with 6 airbags, stability and traction control, full suite of Honda Sensing ADAS and the Honda LaneWatch Camera.

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The Android Auto/Apple CarPlay feature is still amongst the most well-integrated solution. For example, turn by turn instructions along with distance are displayed on the digital instrument panel.

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD - Quality & Feature Breakdown
Exterior Paint Finish 3 / 4
Panel Gaps 3 / 4
Assembly Quality 1.5 / 2
Interior Build Quality 2 / 5
Materials Used 2.5 / 5
Features Safety 9 / 10
ADAS 4 / 5
Luxury 3 / 5
Convenience 4 / 5
Infotainment 5 / 5
Total   37 / 50 pts

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD: Space and Practicality - 36.5/50 pts, as spacious as ever

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There's more than 3 tennis balls of knee room for a 177 cm tall adult and around 1 tennis ball of headroom.

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Practicality is excellent; while the door bins do not extend the entire length of the door cards, it's compensated by a massive centre storage space.

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The rear cabin floor is almost flat so the middle passenger would not have compete for foot space. The relatively thin door panels means it has ample shoulder room for 3 adults to sit comfortably abreast in the back.

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Boot space is rated at 522 litres, which is quite a bit larger than the Mazda CX-5’s boot at 445 litres. The boot floor is also low and the opening aperture is wide with practically no load lip to lift items over, making it easy to load and unload.

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2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD - Interior Space Breakdown
Front Row 8 / 10
Middle/Back Row 8 / 10
Third Row 0 / 5
Boot Space 4 / 5
Practicality 4 / 5
Storage Space 4 / 5
Visibility 4 / 5
Storage Flexibility 4.5 / 5
Total 36.5 / 50 pts

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD: Fuel Consumption - 13/20 pts, decent figure for its output

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After journey of 92.7 km broken down to around 60% city and 40% highway driving, the calculated fuel consumption for the 2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD facelift works out to 8.9-litre/100 km.

Considering the power output and number of driven wheels, it's more than acceptable. The Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 TSI returned 9.8-litre/100 km during our test.

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2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown
Fuel Consumption 10 / 15
Eco Mode 1 / 2
Indicator Accuracy 2 / 3
Total points 13 / 20 pts

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD: Purchase and Cost - 20.5/30 pts, lower price means better value

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Comparing the same SST-free prices, the 2.0 2WD variant is about RM 5k cheaper than before and the 1.5 TC-P is cheaper by a whopping RM 10k. The 1.5 TC-P 4WD tested here is new, replacing the previous 1.5 TC 4WD, priced at RM 162,910. After 30 June 2021, prices are expected to increase.

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD service costs
Month Mileage (km) Cost (RM)
1 1,000 -
6 10,000 294.13
12 20,000 387.14
18 30,000 571.78
24 40,000 478.71
30 50,000 294.13
36 60,000 609.44
42 70,000 294.13
48 80,000 478.71
54 90,000 571.78
60 100,000 706.89
Total 4,686.84

The warranty given to the Honda CR-V is a coverage of 5-year/unlimited mileage.

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD - Purchase & Cost
Purchase Car Price 10 / 15
Warranty 4 / 5
Cost Maintenance 3 / 5
Fuel Cost 3.5 / 5
Total   20.5 / 30 pts

2020 Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P 4WD: Conclusion - 170/250 pts overall

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As before, the Honda CR-V has relatively decent straight-line performance, has impressive cabin space, and is well-equipped. The drop in price for the facelift means better value than before.

Compared to the pre-facelift model, it lost a few points in Driving Performance and Fuel Economy but regained in Purchase and Cost, so its total score evened out in the end.

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The Honda CR-V may not be the most engaging to drive nor is it the most comfortable in its segment, but as an all-rounder, few can top the Honda CR-V.

Full Ratings list: https://www.wapcar.my/car-ranking

Also read: Pros and Cons: Honda CR-V - Spacious and practical, but is it enough?

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