Hard to find fault with new CRV
Honda’s CRV was one of the earliest softroaders – SUVs designed more as family wagons with extra height and grip than true off-road vehicles. To underline its active family focus it sold with a picnic table in the boot and a fold-up tray for in-car snacks, but today the concept is common and no gadgets are required to sell one. SUV sales are eclipsed only by the small car bracket, most are bought as family runabouts and so increasing numbers include a two-wheel-drive variant like this Honda CRV S. Its normally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine sends 114kW and 190Nm to the front wheels. That’s insufficient for lively performance but enough for the everyday driving this car will focus on and without drinking too much fuel – my hilly commute averaging 8.2l/100km despite a few sections tackled with unseemly urgency, not too much over Honda’s 7.7l/100km claim and well under several competitors we’ve tried recently, despite my ignoring the eco button. Ride is comfy and well controlled, though an over-vigorous approach to bends results in early understeer, as you’d expect from this format.
Not a good tow vehicle. Velour seats aren’t a favourite, and those with small children may want to pay the $3600 extra for leather.
CRV: Honda’s designers, engineers and bean-counters should take a bow.
Specs: Honda CRV’s Specification includes stability control, six airbags, Bluetooth, a reversing camera, climate control air conditioning and cruise control.