Ruth Scott drives the new Honda CR-V

ruth-hondaGuest Reviewer, RTÉ 2FM’s Ruth Scott Drives Honda’s fuel sipping new CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC

The white Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC ES arrived like a white stallion in the driveway! To say I was excited about driving this is like saying that kids look forward to Christmas morning.

The interior of this just screamed “luxury” to me! I love a leather steering wheel – which this had. Along with a leather gear stick.

Let me start on the reversing. I’m not used to driving an SUV and was wondering how I would manage getting it into the parking space. Turns out, reversing it was a doddle. The rear windows are big. Yup size matters! I thought the wing mirrors looked huge (think vanity mirror!) but they fit with the general dynamics of the car.  Aside from a great-sized wing mirror, how could reversing be made even easier? By adding front & rear parking sensors and by putting a camera in the back of the car! As soon as you put the car into reverse, the camera brings up on the dashboard screen an image of what’s behind you. There’s even a on-screen grid so you easily see exactly how close you are to the bollard, the kerb or your auntie’s favourite doggy. The rear view mirror doesn’t block my view at all making it a bright interior for a very pleasant driving experience and that in turn helps cover all angles when parking. Not only could I have reversed my way happily through a tricky maze in this, I could have parked it in the most awkward spaces.

Even though it has the look and feel of a big car, it manoeuvres incredibly easily. It is just an amazing , unfussy, easy drive.  With a really comfortable drivers seat, I am quite convinced that I could have lived in this for the week.

I love love loved the eco gadgetry. The Honda has an Eco Assist button. What does it mean? Turn on the Eco Assist and you’ll be more economic with fuel. It indicates when you are driving in that sweet spot of fuel efficiency with the help of two little green “bracket” effect lights around the speedometer display. It became a carrot & stick for me to see if I could improve my driving to almost always be in the green bracket. (Less efficient driving and it glows a different colour)  Even with the Eco Assist turned on , there’s still great power to the car and my journey didn’t feel at all sluggish because of it. The Eco Assist technology was named in the Green Car Journal’s Top 10 Green Car Technology list for 2013.

Hey presto, less money spent in the petrol station & you’re doing your bit to be greener too.

I drove the Honda CR-V on one of the hottest weeks of the year (I know, sunshine! It’s a miracle!) With using the Air Con a lot and the engine idle at red lights & junctions, it was incredibly efficient on fuel despite my best efforts to use it up! All SUVs are clearly not the same & the fuel efficiency  just blew me away.

Got kids? Iso fix points in the back seat to easily clip that baby seat in? Wing mirrors automatically fold in when you lock the car, preventing any unnecessary knocks.

Play golf or just pack too much stuff when you go away for the weekend? Great news as the boot is just colossal.The important questions are as follows..

Would I give the girls a lift in this car? I would happily bring 4 adults with me on a long journey as even sitting slap bang in the middle of the back seat, there is loads of room as the usual hump behind the console isn’t there, so maximum leg room for my gals!

There are a lot of cherries on top of this Honda that I really liked. The lights auto-dim so you don’t annoy oncoming cars if you forget to dim. Thumb dials were a very nice little touch. I liked how the gear was quite high up. And of course cruise control which saves my leg & the risk of penalty points! The final sweetener is that with such a big car, it’s €200 tax p.a.

 

Ruth Scott

24th July,  2014

 Tune into Ruth every Saturday and Sunday on Weekenders with Ruth & Paddy from 2 to 5pm on RTÉ 2FM

For more information on the CR-V check out Honda.ie or the Honda Ireland Facebook page

 

Author: Ruth Scott

Ruth’s earliest memory is of family trips in a Hilman Hunter. Nothing spectacular about that you might think; except there were 8 kids, 2 parents & an aunty who was a nun. She had to get the front seat! From there, the Scott family progressed to an orange Opel Kadett. After getting driving lessons for her 21st birthday, Ruth took to the road from her hometown of Roscommon to working in Limerick until she drove her car in the hard shoulder up to Dublin to start work with 2fm. Since then, Ruth was a (nervous) Navigator in Punchestown at a rally in a Kia. She learned how to ride a Harley Davidson 883 sportster. A case of 2 wheels good; 4 wheels better, Ruth moved back to 4 wheels with aplomb. You can follow Ruth on twitter @DJRuthScott

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