WHAT IS IT?
One more crossover-cum-SUV. Since that’s what people want nowadays. As well as it seems the one they desire greater than any other is this one– the Honda CR-V. Now in its fifth-generation, Honda markets numerous thousands of these points yearly to individuals who want something practical and also accurately tedious– something to tow their caravan or horsebox of a weekend break, and/or deliver their children to and also from college, all without giving them any type of reason to visit their regional supplier or phone the AA.
In its many years on-sale the CR-V has ended up being the globe’s best-selling SUV– making it an extremely fundamental part of Honda’s line-up. A new one is consequently A Big Deal. Just it isn’t purely new. The fifth-generation CR-V has actually been on sale in the States for 18-months approximately already, yet we’re told steering and suspension modifications make European automobiles better to drive. Actually, Honda asserts the brand-new CR-V is the “most vibrant car in its class”, thanks additionally to a stiffer chassis that makes much use high- and also ultra-high-strength steels.
The large, technical information is that Honda will not supply the brand-new CR-V with a diesel motor. A gas, non-plug-in crossbreed is coming early next year, however, for now the only engine available is a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gas (also seen in the Civic), paired with either a six-speed guidebook or CVT transmission and also either front- or part-time four-wheel drive.
However these are fundamentally family members cars and trucks, so space issues. As does how you use it. We’re used to vehicles getting bigger with each generation, however the fifth-generation CR-V is the same size as the old one. It’s generally because Honda’s extended the wheelbase by 40mm– pressing the wheels closer to the corners and also “contributing to the extra muscular stance of the SUV”– that you get even more room inside.
Second-row guests get 50mm even more legroom, and for the first time Honda has taken care of to squeeze in an optional third, child-friendly row of seats that fold up level right into the boot flooring. Elsewhere inside we’re guaranteed a lot more connectivity thanks to the exact same infotainment system you get in the Civic and broader use of higher-quality materials.
Sales begin this September, with the initial automobiles showing up from the factory in Japan (Honda’s Swindon manufacturing facility just develops Civics nowadays) soon after.
WHAT’S THE VERDICT?
” Brand new CR-V is a large step up. Not perfect, however a deserving competitor to the very best in this class”
Honda’s done a good idea. The CR-V is not without problem, yet it will make a good family car when it shows up in the UK. It’s spacious, comfortable, reasonable to drive and also, as it’s a Honda, it must conveniently outlast its initial eight proprietors. And also their children. It does not have any type of sporting allegations– no drive settings– and also we respect it for that. The infotainment system is off the pace, the seven-seat choice robs boot-space as well as can be complicated to gain access to, and well, it’s a bit dull– however what little SUV isn’t? Honda says its most significant competitor is the Tiguan– yet we disagree. The Skoda Kodiaq remains our selection in this sector, yet there’s no rejecting the CR-V is a big step up from what went before, and is an able opponent to the similarity the Kodiaq, Land Rover Discovery Sporting activity, brand-new Hyundai Santa Fe and also so-on.