The new Honda CRV review
Would you, perhaps, like to drive a stylish, modern family hatchback? The new Honda CRV is a solid five-seat 4x4 SUV with lots of interior space that makes an excellent choice. The CR-V is relatively expensive to buy and run, but it has a lot more going for it than many entry-level rivals in its class.
The Honda CRV is the fourth generation Honda off its luxury SUV series. It boasts a fresh and bold look and feel different from its predecessor, featuring deep-set headlights and prominent grille that injects a vibrant personality, especially at the front. Pronounced wheel arches and shoulder line enhance the car’s stylish athletic look, particularly when viewed from the side.
The CR-V many not match the Audi Q3 for showroom appeal, but it does come pretty close. You get a welcomed comfort inside and a solid feel on everything you see and touch outside, including the well-screwed-together cabin and soft-touch plastics on the upper dashboard. Even the less up-market plastics on the lower dashboard and doors are impressive.
The driving position is almost perfect with adequate adjustment room for the driver’s seat and steering wheel. There is an unusually large speedometer on the dash, but that only makes it easy to read at a glance without strain.
Ride & handling
The CR-V is comfortable and easy to drive thanks to its good suspension.It is designed mainly for on-road rather than off-road use and as a result you may find it rattles and shakes a bit on patched-up surfaces at all speeds. The CR-V does, however, soaks up big bumps quite well and has plenty of grip on all versions of the car. Its handling is good enough on-road.
Different versions of the Honda CRV give you different performance levels. The 2.2 diesel engine version is quite strong from low revs, meaning you don’t have to work it hard. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is powerful enough, but performance is flat below 1500rpm. The 2.0-litre petrol is as gutsy as the diesels.
All CRV engines come with a standard six-speed manual gearbox.A five-speed automatic is only available on the 2.2 diesel and 2.0 petrol engines. Overall, the CR-V is a pretty decent and tidy car that feels quite powerful you will enjoy driving on-road.