Hannah Gordon checks out the fourth incarnation of Honda’s CR-V
What is it? One of the most popular SUV’s in the world after selling over 750,000 units in Europe alone since being launched in 1997. Now in its fourth generation can the CR-V keep its crown in the highly competitive SUV market.
Who is it aimed at? With its superb amount of space and drivability the Honda CR-V would make a great addition to any family, the availability of both 2WD and 4WD means that it is a capable car off road and in increment weather. The 1.6 litre diesel engine is extremely economical which would prove useful as a company car.
What about the Styling? The exterior styling has had a few tweaks to bring the CR-V more up to date. The front end has a new set of headlights, which are nicely integrated into the grille. The front bumper includes a lower skirt which gives the CR-V a lower and wider presence. The familiar sloping rear end remains and the sharp edged rear quarter window is unmistakably Honda. The CR-V is an imposing SUV, the bulky exterior is well put together and screams quality.
Under the bonnet? Both petrol and diesel options are available, the diesel option will prove more popular with the buyers and comes in two different power outputs. The meagre sounding 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine comes with either 120 bhp or 160 bhp and the engine is extremely punchy, the CR-V used to have a 2.2 litre diesel but with the need for more economy Honda have had to make the engine smaller, but worry not, the smaller engine is great. At no point does it feel underpowered or sluggish, plus it returns superb MPG figures.
What about inside? The interior is well put together, not as luxurious as some manufacturers but feels of good quality. The seating position is high and the position of the gear lever on the dash makes driving extremely comfortable, room is never a problem due to the generous amounts of head and leg room. The transmission tunnel doesn’t impede on rear seat passengers as the floor is flat, boot space easily houses all things a large family would need and the electric tailgate is convenient. With the CR-V DAB, bluetooth, cruise control and dual zone climate control all come as standard.
On the road? The Honda CR-V is a large car so it does have a bit of body roll when thrown around, the engine is refined and plenty powerful. Honda have improved the Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) within the cabin to make it a more pleasant ride and the enhanced suspension helps produce a smoother and more composed drive. The CR-V is available with a 6-speed manual and a nine speed automatic, both gearboxes are equally as good, the automatic should give you better economy.
How about Safety? As standard the Honda CR-V is an extremely safe vehicle, it comes with plenty of airbags, City brake system, Hill descent control and Vehicle stability assist. Honda do an optional Driver assistance safety pack and Honda Sensing. The safety pack comes with Lane Departure warning, Blind spot information and traffic sign recognition. The Honda Sensing adds Lane keep assist, Adaptive cruise control and collision mitigating braking system.
What are my Options? The most basic of models in the range come with plenty of kit, options that may be worth a tick is the Driver Safety Pack at £600. Metallic paint is an extra £550 and a detachable towing pack is £575.
Will it break the bank? Honda claim that the !.6 i-DTEC S, 2WD manual will give you 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 115 g/km, this means an annual tax bill of just £30, this shows superb value for money for such a large car. With the 4WD options economy and emissions are compromised, whilst the mpg goes down to 53 and the tax band then falls into category E which is £130 per year. Reliability has always been Honda’s forte and it has a great reputation, the CR-V should be no different and expect the car to do very well in upcoming reader surveys.
So the Verdict? Honda literally invented the SUV and now the market is splitting at the seams with them, this fourth generation is a quality package with a good selection of equipment as standard. The exterior is bang up to date and the interior is comfortable and well designed. The new engines are economical and refined and give a perfect combination of performance and frugality. If space is a necessity then the CR-V could fit the bill perfectly, its not a hoot to drive but is dependable, reliable and built right here in England.
Why you will buy one? Economical, Spacious, Reliable
Why you won’t? A little dull to drive
Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC
Max speed: 113 mph
0-62 mph: 9.7-10.6 seconds
Emissions: 115-139 g/km
Model price range: from £23,855
No of Doors: 5
Euro NCAP : 5
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 53.3-64.2mpg
Boot Capacity Seats up: 589 litres
Length: 4605 mm
Width: 1820 mm
Height: 1650 mm
For more information check out Honda.co.uk or the Honda UK Facebook page
11th May, 2016