Specification Comparison: 2018 Honda CR-V Vs Rivals

by Vivaan Khatri | 30/10/2018
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The 2018 Honda CR-V has been out. On its return this time, it will come with a new engine option – a diesel engine for the first time. We will see how CR-V will compete with others of the same segment.

Honda CR-V will offer a diesel engine for the first time in India, making it more competitive in the race of premium SUV. Let’s compare the specification of Honda CR-V with other rivals like Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq, as well as Mitsubishi Outlander to find out which one is the king.

1. 2018 Honda CR-V Vs Rivals Dimensions

Firstly, we will look at the size of the CR-V and how it compares with others.

 Dimensions 2018 Honda CR-V Skoda Kodiaq  Hyundai Tucson  Volkswagen Tiguan  Mitsubishi Outlander 
 Length  4,592mm  4,697mm  4,475mm  4,486mm  4,695mm
 Width  1,855mm  2,087mm  1,850mm  1,839mm  1,810mm
 Height  1,679mm  1,676mm  1,660mm  1,672mm  1,710mm
 Wheelbase  2,660mm  2,791mm  2,670mm  2,677mm  2,670mm
 Seating Capacity  Petrol-5 seater 

 Diesel-7 seater

 7-seater  5-seater  5-seater  7-seater

Honda CR-V isn’t the longest, widest nor highest out of the five cars. Admittedly, it is fairly hard to top on such a fierce segment where size is one factor that could make or break it. At 4,592mm, Honda CR-V is longer than its biggest rival – Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan, but it is shorter than the Kodiaq and the Outlander.

Skoda Kodiaq blue color front face

Skoda Kodiaq is the largest car out of the five in terms of length and width

At 2,087mm, the widest out of the five cars is Skoda Kodiaq. And the CR-V comes second at 1,855mm. The number one place in terms of height belongs to the Outlander. And Honda CR-V continues to be the second. But with regard to the wheelbase, the CR-V is the shortest.

The smaller cars in this comparison are Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan. It is understandable as the two are 5-seater while the others including the Honda CR-V diesel is seven-seater. That is one also one interesting thing about the new CR-V: the 2018 version comes into two configurations: five-seater for petrol and 7-seater for the diesel. The seating capacity varies but the dimension stays the same. The downside of it is that the diesel seven-seaters might feel a bit cramped in the third row while the 5-seater model enjoys a spacious interior space.

Honda CR-V red color front angle

Honda CR-V comes in two configurations: five and seven seaters

2. 2018 Honda CR-V Vs Rivals Features

The segment of premium SUV is where the competitors pit against fiercely in terms of airbags. All are eager to offer the most extravagant features that they could.

Let’s look at how each one varies in each category:

2.1. Infotainment system:

   2018 Honda CR-V SkodaKodiaq  Hyundai Tucson  Volkswagen Tiguan    Mitsubishi Outlander 
Infotainment system 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 8-inch touchscreen 8-inch touchscreen 7-inch touchscreen
Sound system 8-speaker sound system 10-speaker Canton sound system 6 speaker sound system 8 speaker sound system 6 speaker sound system 

Honda CR-V and Skoda Kodiaq offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility along with the touchscreen unit. With the regards to the sound system, Skoda Kodiaq leads with a 10-speaker Canton sound system which will surely blast out the top-notch sound quality to your ears.

2.2. Climate control

Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan are the only two that come with 3-zone climate control while the others all offer dual-zone system. Especially, all of them, except for Mitsubishi Outlander, is equipped with the rear AC.

Volkswagen Tiguan side look outside building

Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan will offer 3-zone climate control

2.3. Driver assistance systems

One important aspect of each car is the driver assistance kit. Especially for an SUV which is subjected to harsh terrain frequently, having a well-equipped driver assistance system is crucial.

  • Electronic stability control

  • Brake assist (except Volkswagen Tiguan)

  • Rear parking sensors with reverse camera

Besides these useful functions, each one will a different offer.

   2018 Honda CR-V  Skoda Kodiaq   Hyundai Tucson Volkswagen Tiguan  Mitsubishi Outlander  
Assistance systems 
  • Handling assist
  • Hill start assist
  • Driver attention monitor
  • Lane watch monitor
  • Front parking sensors with camera
  • Handsfree parking
  • Vehicle stability management
  • Hill launch assist
  • Hill descent control, front parking sensor
  •  Self-sealing tyres
  • Hill descent control
  • Front parking sensor
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Hill launch assist 

2.4. Safety features

Skoda Kodiaq continues to prove that they are a real player with an offer of nine airbags. Volkswagen Tiguan, Mitsubishi Outlander comes next an extra number of seven airbags. 2018 Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson stay humble with six airbags.

2.5. Others

   2018 Honda CR-V Skoda Kodiaq   Hyundai Tucson Volkswagen Tiguan   Mitsubishi Outlander   
Electrically adjustable front seats  12-way adjustable driver seat  12-way electrically adjustable front seats  10-way adjustable driver seat  Electrically adjustable driver seat  4-way adjustable driver seat
Sunroof  Panoramic  Panoramic  No  Panoramic  Yes
Instrument Cluster  Digital Analogue  Analogue  Analogue  Analogue

Honda CR-V is the only one to come with a digital instrument cluster display, which will enhance the premiumness inside the cabin. All the cars here are packed with electrically adjustable front seats. Among which, Skoda Kodiaq offer this features on the two front seats, what’s more, there are 12 ways to adjust the front seat. What a wonderful treat. The Honda CR-V comes second at this comfort features with 12-way adjustable driver seat.

3. 2018 Honda CR-V Vs Rivals  Engine

3.1. Petrol 

  2018 Honda CR-V  Hyundai Tucson   Mitsubishi Outlander  
 Engine  2.0-litre  2.0-litre  2.4-litre
 Power  154PS  155PS  167PS
 Torque  189Nm  192Nm  222Nm
 Transmission  CVT with paddle shifters

 6-speed Manual

 6-speed Automatic

 CVT with paddle shifters
 Fuel Efficiency  19.5kmpl

 13.03kmpl (Manual)

 12.95kmpl (Automatic)


Only three out of five cars offer petrol engine option, which are 2018 Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Mitsubishi Outlander. The Mitsubishi Outlander, despite being the most humble in terms of exterior and interior features, turns out to be the most powerful runner in this race. It has the most powerful engine with the largest displacement of 2.4 litre. This unit could bring out 167PS and 222Nm. The Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V have engines of the same displacement – 2 litres. The power outputs of the two, therefore, are quite compatible. Honda CR-V petrol is able to make 154PS and 169Nm while the Tucson could churn out 155PS and 192Nm.

Mitsubishi Outlander petrol is the most powerful car in this comparison

Mitsubishi Outlander petrol is the most powerful car in this comparison

With the transmission system, both CR-V and Outlander petrol comes with CTV offer along with paddle shifter. Hyundai Tucson petrol gets either 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

In terms of fuel consumption, Honda CR-V could return 19.5kmpl, much higher than the Tucson (13.03kmpl for manual and 12.95kmpl for automatic gearbox).

3.2. Diesel

   2018 Honda CR-V Skoda Kodiaq  Hyundai Tucson   Volkswagen Tiguan  
Engine   1.6-litre  2.0-litre  2.0-litre  2.0-litre
  Power  120PS  150PS  185PS  143PS
 Torque  300Nm  340Nm  400Nm  340Nm
 Transmission  9-speed AT  7-speed DSG  6-speed MT/AT  7-speed DSG
 Fuel Efficiency

 19.5kmpl (2WD)

18.2kmpl (4WD)

 16.5kmpl (4WD)

 18.42kmpl (manual)

 16.38kmpl (automatic)

 17.06kmpl (4WD)

For the diesel version, we will welcome the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq to the race while the Outlander will leave as it doesn’t offer diesel engine option. And this is also the first time that we try a diesel engine. It seems that this first-timer gets into the game with a quite reversed attitude. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is of the smallest displacement out of the five, as the result, its power output is also the most humble, only 120PS and 300Nm. While the Skoda Kodiaq could make 150PS and 340Nm, Hyundai Tucson with 185PS 400Nm and Volkswagen Tiguan with 143PS and 340Nm. The Tucson is the winner in this game. Even the CR-V comes as the weakest, it is actually the most fuel efficient out of the four. The main factor for its considerable mileage is the oil-saving 9-speed automatic transmission.

Hyundai Tucson front look outdoor background

Hyundai Tucson is the winner in the game of diesel options

4. 2018 Honda CR-V Vs Rivals Price

2018 Honda CR-V  Skoda Kodiaq   Hyundai Tucson   Volkswagen Tiguan    Mitsubishi Outlander 
Rs 28.15 lakh-Rs 32.75 lakh Rs 33.84 lakh  Rs 18.63 lakh-Rs 25.74 lakh Rs 27.49 lakh-Rs 30.87 lakh Rs 32.27 lakh

In terms of price, Skoda Kodiaq with the most fulfilling feature package comes at the top with the price of Rs 33.84 lakh. Coming at the second place is the Mitsubishi Outlander. Next is the Honda CR-V, the price range of the Honda CR-V starts at Rs 28.15 lakh and could go up to Rs 32.75 lakh. The second cheapest is Volkswagen Tiguan which is priced from Rs 27.49 lakh to Rs 30.87 lakh. Hyundai Tucson is the most affordable option here with the price tag of Rs 18.63 lakh to Rs 25.74 lakh.

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