Car (South Africa) - - TEST -

A LOT of buy­ers may dis­agree with me, but what is the point of buy­ing an SUV (es­pe­cially an all­wheel-drive vari­ant) if you never take it off-road? Al­though this Honda is not de­signed for se­ri­ous off-road­ing, our rst open-road trip with the CR-V as a fam­ily in­volved a long week­end away to the Lange­berg town of Mc­gre­gor, 170 km from Cape Town. Dur­ing this trip, the CR-V ticked all the ap­pro­pri­ate boxes as the per­fect fam­ily car: enough space; an en­gine that’s light on fuel; good ride qual­ity; and all the nec­es­sary mod­ern con­ve­niences.

On the re­turn leg, I de­cided to try the gravel roads that lead to the R317 be­fore hit­ting the tarred road that con­nects to the N2 at Stormsvlei. It re­ally is an added bene t that, when all four wheels leave the tar­mac and hit the gravel, you can sim­ply con­tinue driv­ing at speed On this gravel stretch, the CR-V’S stand­out as­phalt-driv­ing qual­i­ties such as cos­set­ting sus­pen­sion ab­sorp­tion and noise sup­pres­sion re­mained. Granted, the sur­face was rel­a­tively smooth, but the way the CR-V han­dled this piece of road in­spired con dence. No dust ltered through to the cabin, de­spite driv­ing at 100 km/h. On our re­turn to the high­way, it was back to busi­ness us­ing the adap­tive cruise con­trol.

No­table fea­tures I con­tinue to en­joy are Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity for phone calls and au­dio stream­ing. I nd the lat­ter use­ful when sit­ting in traf c dur­ing com­mutes, as I pre­fer to lis­ten to pod­casts. The au­to­matic tail­gate is prov­ing a boon, not be­cause of the heav­ily sprung na­ture of nonau­to­mated ver­sions, but be­cause you can press the but­ton on the key fob be­fore you ar­rive at the car and sim­ply add weighty items to the boot with­out hav­ing to put them down rst.

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