CR-V 1.5T VTEC SR 7-seat AWD CVT
with the flow is sound advice
when it comes to choosing a car.
If its a crossover-cum-SUV youre
after then the flow is definitely to
Hondas CR-V, the worlds best-
selling SUV, now fresh out of the
box in its 5th incarnation...
AND THE ALL-NEW CR-V is decidedly good at least as good as the
best of its rivals. So, pretty damn good then. Highlights include five- or seven-seat
packaging, a choice of two- or four-wheel drive, and new 1.5-litre petrol engines
partnered with manual and automatic transmissions. There's also a 2.0-litre
petrol-electric hybrid that's a genuine 50+mpg performer.
It's got presence, this latest CR-V with a bonnet that sits level
with your breastbone and broad, muscular wheelarches, it's a pleasing blend
of can-do ruggedness dusted over with just enough rakishness to lend it urban
appeal along with an I-can-take-care-of-myself air that bodes well for tackling
the terrors of the school run as much as hauling a horse-box or caravan across
a muddy field. Finished off with quality chrome detailing to the grille, glasshouse,
door sills, and tailgate, the CR-V stands out from the crowd and,
thankfully, not a twinkle of bling in sight.
mentioned above, this new-gen CR-V will offer two powerplant choices: a 1.5-litre
turboed four-pot petrol and a non-plug-in,
petrol-electric hybrid. For obvious reasons, demonised diesel is no longer
on the menu. A six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic are transmission
choices, with the auto getting 20bhp more to play with than the 170bhp manual.
the turboed 1.5-litre
is quiet and well-
mannered; make full use
of the accelerator pedal
and youll find its
gutsy and ever-willing:
0-62mph is done and
dusted in ten seconds
dead but at any speed
the CR-Vs unruffled
driving a breeze...
The CR-V's continuously variable autobox has simulated ratios that can be directly
accessed via paddles-shifters behind the wheel for manual overrides
useful when towing or for a full-on overtake.
Officially, the CVT manages 39.8mpg on the Combined Cycle. Our hard-driven test
average came out at 34.9mpg perfectly acceptable for a 4.6-metre-long,
seven-seat, all-wheel drive, automatic SUV. Regular drivers should do better
by pressing the Eco mode button, particularly as our test figure was achieved
in Drive and Sport modes for the record, park the selector in
Sport to garnish your driving with some real verve.
Around the houses the turboed 1.5-litre engine is quiet and well-mannered; make
full use of the accelerator pedal and you'll find it's gutsy and ever-willing
with 0-62mph done and dusted in ten seconds dead, but at any speed the CR-V's
unruffled performance makes driving a breeze. Maximum speed is an autobahn-friendly
Climb aboard there are sleek non-slip side-steps although most
people will find it an easy move to reach their chosen seat thanks to doors
that open to ninety degrees and you immediately feel well-cosseted
and totally at home. The shapely, pleated leather seats offer support in all
the right places (including under your knees); the bolstering is effective without
being trackday unyielding; and there's loads of room in all directions in the
airy cabin, including a generous fist+ of headroom.
Three-stage heating for the front seats is standard along with power-adjustable
lumbar support. Both front occupants enjoy expansive views out thanks to chairs
set high off the floor and the driving position is commanding with widescreen
views to the sides as well as down the bonnet. If you like life's luxuries,
going for the next trim level up, the range-topping EX, will get you a heated
steering wheel plus full power seat adjustment with a handy two-setting memory
recall for the driver along with a head-up display, a panoramic glass sunroof,
heated outer rear seats, and a powered handsfree tailgate.
also nice about the cabin is how well everything has been put together; combined
with quality trim materials (that includes matte honey-coloured wood veneers
on the fascia, central tunnel console, and doors), the cabin ambiance is sportily
smart while at the same time managing to be restful.
nice about the
cabin is how well
everything has been put
together; combined with
quality trim materials
(that includes matte
veneers) the cabin
ambiance is sportily
smart while at the same
time managing to be
Comms are bang up to date with the expected touchscreen sited dead centre of
the ergonomic fascia. A seven-incher, the display offers a full infotainment
and navigation system with crystal clear imagery and graphics. Immediately beneath
the screen are the dual-zone climate controls; if you prefer, on-screen fingertip
operation is there for the using. Just below that, and within easy reach of
the driver, sits a buttressed console that's home to the selector lever as well
as the electric parking brake (with auto hold) and Eco mode switches.
The SatNav is a first-rate Garmin system all you need to know
is that it's a doddle to use with foolproof destination input and pin-sharp
3D mapping. Connectivity-wise, the indispensable Android Auto and Apple CarPlay,
along with Internet radio and browsing plus Aha app integration, are all present
and correct. A nine-speaker (plus subwoofer) audio set-up accompanies a DAB
radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
Other essentials such as traffic sign recognition are on hand with the posted
speed limit displayed on the mapping as well as alongside a digital road speed
readout in the main instrument panel. Talking of which, the digital instrument
display ahead of the driver is delightfully uncluttered (Honda really do know
how to KISS Keep It Simple, Stupid) and easily readable night
Finishing off the driver-friendly features is a three-spoke leather-wrapped
wheel that feels good in your hands. It is, of course, comprehensively multifunction
with easily differentiated controls for voice, phone, driving data, media, audio,
safety assists, speed limiter, and cruise. All switches are designed to be non-distracting
to use while you're driving they work flawlessly and do exactly
storage is up to the challenge of a seven-seater most useful is
the ingenious storage box underpinning the sliding armrest between the front
seats that not only holds a heap of stuff but in a jiffy can be reconfigured
to provide several different storage solutions (it also houses a HDMI and two
USB ports plus a 12-volt power socket).
the CR-V rides very well,
with marked composure
over poorly maintained
blacktop, even rolling
on the optional standout
19-inch alloys wrapped
in 235/55 profile rubber.
You and your passengers
will find the CR-V smooth
in town and smooth
on the cruise...
big door bins also hold tall bottles, the dual-usage siamesed cupholders are
usefully deep, there's a real-world-sized glovebox, a large open tray under
the centre stack and a drop-down glasses case with a secret it
cleverly incorporates a wide-angle mirror so you can keep an eye on youngsters
strapped-in behind you. Added to that, everything you touch feels reassuringly
solid and built to last.
Kit-wise the CR-V has all you're ever realistically likely to need. We've mentioned
much of it in the relevant sections but here are some of the basics: keyless
entry and locking with press button Start, rearview camera and front and rear
parking sensors, heated and powerfolding door mirrors (on demand and automatically
on locking and leaving), auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic dip/main beam
switching, all one-shot electric windows, ambient cabin lighting, auto-dimming
rearview mirror, auto lights and wipes, privacy glass, and a set of 18-inch
Honda take safety as seriously as Volvo and the CR-V comes with a comprehensive
package of active safety systems (detailed in the handling comments) as well
as things like adaptive cruise control to take the strain out of long trips,
an intelligent speed limiter, traffic sign recognition, tyre pressure monitoring,
height-adjustable seatbelts, a full suite of airbags, windscreen wiper de-icer,
LED headlights with active cornering lights, LED daytime running lights, a five-star
EuroNCAP safety rating, and an Emergency Call system.
An unexpected bonus are back doors that also open to a full 90-degrees
not only do they make entering and exiting effortless but fitting and removing
child seats (and their occupants) is also hassle-free. The rear cabin is lounge-like
with space to spare, particularly for your head, plus plenty of stretch-room
for legs and masses of room for feet. Increasing legroom or boot space (when
seats six and seven are folded away into the floor) is easily done because the
60:40-split second row seat sections can be individually slid forward or back
by up to six inches.
your rear passengers' comfort are adjustable backrests, a large drop-down centre
armrest with built-in cupholders, dedicated air vents, big bottle-holding door
bins, pouches on the front seatbacks, and a pair of USB charging sockets.
CR-Vs 4WD system
might be a silent partner
but its one worth having
the moment extra
traction (either on
slippery surfaces or
when cornering) is
needed, up to 60% of the
driving torque can be
sent to the rear wheels.
Its totally self-governing
so all youre aware of
is the confidence-
sitting side-by-side in the middle row is perfectly doable but in the CR-V,
assuming you've ticked the box for the seven-seat model, that still leaves room
for two more.
The 50:50-split third row seats (with adjustable backrests and outer armrests
and cupholders) are billed as 'child-friendly' and they're definitely
that. However, with the second row seats slid forwards by a few inches, the
rearmost pair can be used by slimmer adults. However, owners with a four-legged
family member will likely find that 'Mr Pooch' will enjoy lolling across the
third row which has the advantage of leaving the large boot free for luggage.
For a high-riding, off-road-capable, full-on family-friendly machine the CR-V
rides very well, with marked composure over poorly maintained blacktop, even
rolling on the optional standout 19-inch alloys wrapped in 235/55 profile rubber.
You and your passengers will find the CR-V smooth in town and smooth on the
The CR-V's 4WD system might be a silent partner but it's one worth having
the moment extra traction (either on slippery surfaces or when cornering) is
needed, up to 60% of the driving torque can be sent to the rear wheels. It's
totally self-governing so all you're aware of is the confidence-inspiring grip.
Given its 200mm ground clearance, body lean is well controlled, and the steering
is progressive, well weighted and turns in keenly.
Pleasant and easy to drive both in the city and out in the sticks, the CR-V
is as chuckable or as relaxing as you want it to be. Pootle if you please or
thread it along some twisty B-roads, the result is the same: a self-assured
ride and predictable handling, reassuringly backed up by strong, drama-free
the latest CR-V benefits from a competent chassis set-up, it is also equipped
with 'Honda Sensing' a suite of technologies and driver assists,
including Honda's Agile Handling Assist that delivers safer, smoother, and more
predictable handling dynamics, for instance, when cornering or changing lanes.
Naturally also included are Forward Collision Warning and a Collision Mitigation
Braking System to warn of a possible collision and, if necessary, autonomously
emergency brake. You'll also find lane departure warning and lane keep assist,
blind-spot and cross-traffic monitoring, plus vehicle and trailer stability
youve got a family or
a buccaneering lifestyle
that sees you gearing-up
for outdoor pursuits at
the weekends, then the
size of your boot (not
your boots) is important
and the CR-Vs 472
litres will definitely be
big enough. Drop all five
rear seats and youll
have 1,509 litres to play
you've got a family or a buccaneering lifestyle that sees you gearing-up for
outdoor pursuits at the weekends, then the size of your boot (not your boots!)
is important and the CR-V's 472 litres will definitely be big
enough. Drop all five rear seats and you'll have 1,509 litres to play with.
Even if you're running in seven-seat mode there's still 150 litres behind the
pair of third row seats. For extra versatility, you can fold away either just
one or both of the them.
The loadbay floor is flat and seamless with unrestricted access either through
the large tailgate opening or the big, wide-opening rear side doors. There's
also a handy repositionable two-level shelf-cum-boot floor panel and overspill
underfloor storage areas. Towing? No problemo the 1.5-litre CR-V
will happily haul a braked 2,000kg.
People want SUVs like the CR-V. And why wouldn't they? Practical and
versatile, it will tackle the school run with panache then at the weekend tow
a horsebox or trek to out-of-the-way locations for some active lifestyle action.
In seven-seat guise it's comfortable, spacious, refined and classier than your
average SUV. Super-easy to live with, once you've driven a CR-V you'll wonder
how you ever managed without one. ~ MotorBar
Honda CR-V 1.5T VTEC SR 7-seat AWD CVT
Maximum speed: 124mph | 0-62mph: 10 seconds | Test Average: 34.9mpg
Power: 190bhp | Torque: 179lb ft | CO2: 162g/km