It may not look like a radical change from the last model but underneath its been completely re-engineered. We drive Honda’s New CR-V
What is it? This compact SUV is the latest version of Honda’s CR-V.
Who is it aimed at? If you’ve swapped city living for a life in the countryside, you’ll love the CR-V. Available with a very frugal 1.6 litre the 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine is the one to opt for if you’re going to be towing a horsebox or boat!
Styling? Classier and more stylish than before the new CR-V gives you all the benefits of a 4×4 without taking up half the road
Under the Bonnet: At the heart of the Honda’s CR-Vs are two engine choices, the recently launched super frugal 1.6-litre diesel available in front wheel drive and a 2.2 turbodiesel with four wheel drive. Our test car was the 2.2 diesel.
What about Inside? The high driver’s seat means you can see forever while the dash is well designed and the controls are easy to find and to use. It is plush and durable in equal measure, making it ideal for family duties and anyone with infant car seats will appreciate the easy access to the rear. It is spacious enough for five adults, and the boot stores 589 litres. The fold down seats are one of the best features. With a flick of a lever the rear seats fold revealing a van like 1,669 litres of luggage capacity available
On the Road? It cruises smoothly around town with plenty of power. Steering is direct and nicely weighted, and it feels well planted on the motorway and composed through corners and all the while quiet enough not to bother you.
And Safety? There is no need to fret about safety the CR-V comes with a full range of safety equipment designed to help the driver avoid or mitigate an accident, or to protect the occupants should a crash become unavoidable. In addition the new CR-V features Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure, a well-established part of Honda’s safety arsenal and is designed to absorb impact energy in the event of a collision and divert it away from the passenger compartment
Options? Prices for the 1.6 diesel start at €31,995. Opt for the larger diesel engine with four wheel drive and the entry level SE is priced at €39,295. Moving up to ES the next specification adds €1,800 to the price tag at €41,075 while the range topping EX is available at €46,895.
What about fuel economy? Fuel saving aids abound including Honda’s Eco Assist that advises drivers through the dashboard display on how their driving style impacts on economy. The colour of the dial edges changes from white to green when driving more efficiently. And the results are impressive our 2.2 litre diesel returns anywhere between 5.6 to 6.8 litres per 100 kms on a combined cycle (62.8 to 41.5 mpg) depending on whether you choose manual or automatic
Okay so the Verdict? The Compact SUV market is certainly a crowded one as motorists eagerly embrace these smaller wallet friendly crossovers. The 2.2 turbo diesel CR-V equipped with four-wheel drive is a real treat. The 1.6 litre option is super frugal but if you plan on tackling more rough terrain than on the average dash to the supermarket then this is the one to go for.
Why you’ll buy one? Powerful; Capable; Economical
Why you won’t? 1.6 litre diesel will suit most needs
Ford Kuga €33,450
Volkswagen Tiquan €27,245
Mazda CX-5 €28,895
Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC
Engine: 2199cc, 110kW at 4,000rpm, 350 Nm at 2000-2750rpm
Max speed: 190 kms
0-100km/h: 9.7 seconds
Emissions (motor tax): 149 g/km (€390)
Starting price: €31,995
Model price range: €31,995 – €51,565
No of Doors: 5
Euro NCAP: 5
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 5.6 litres per 100 km
Boot Capacity Seats up (seats down): 589 litres (1146 litres)
Car Seats: Isofix points for two car seats in the back, both simple to access
30th October, 2013