Shame about the face

Frontal styling apart, you can ap­proach a CR-V con­fi­dently

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - USED CAR - GRA­HAM SMITH

funky, with flow­ing lines and a pleas­ing pro­file. Un­for­tu­nately the front end looked at odds with the rest of it; in fact it just looked odd, and re­mains so now with its gap­ing mouth and pro­trud­ing chin.

If the front-end styling was dis­ap­point­ing there was lit­tle else to be of­fended by.

The cabin was roomier, qui­eter and more com­fort­able, and with the full-sized spare lo­cated un­der the rear in­stead of on the rear door it was eas­ier to load and un­load.

The 2.4-litre engine was given a lit­tle more power with vir­tu­ally the same torque, and there was a new six-speed man­ual gear­box avail­able along­side the five-speed au­to­matic. The four-wheel drive sys­tem was an on­de­mand type with drive ef­fec­tively through the front wheels un­til added trac­tion was needed at the back.

Three vari­ants were avail­able, from the en­try-level wagon through the Sport to the Lux­ury at the top of the range.

Each was well-equipped with all the fea­tures most own­ers want in a ve­hi­cle to­day.

Safety was lifted to a new level with the ad­di­tion of elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol across the range, and cur­tain airbags on the Sport and Lux­ury mod­els.

NOW

Honda jus­ti­fi­ably has a rep­u­ta­tion for build­ing qual­ity cars and the CR-V ap­pears to be out of the same mould.

Apart from the odd com­plaint about paint fad­ing we get few re­ports of prob­lems with Hon­das at Cars­guide, so used CR-Vs can be ap­proached with con­fi­dence.

It’s im­por­tant, how­ever, to check that any car un­der con­sid­er­a­tion has been reg­u­larly ser­viced ac­cord­ing to the Honda sched­ule.

Hon­das tend to need nur­tur­ing and ne­glect can lead to real, and ex­pen­sive prob­lems.

Un­for­tu­nately, in these fi­nan­cially chal­leng­ing times own­ers are more likely to skip ser­vices to save money, so check for a ser­vice record, prefer­ably one from a Honda dealer or in­de­pen­dent Honda spe­cial­ist, or at the very least a rep­utable me­chanic. If there is any doubt about the ser­vic­ing of a car, shop else­where.

We have re­ceived the odd re­port about a vi­bra­tion in the driv­e­line at quite low kilo­me­tres, which was di­ag­nosed as the clutch packs in the rear dif­fer­en­tial en­gag­ing and dis­en­gag­ing, and rec­ti­fied by chang­ing the oil in the diff. Such oc­cur­rences don’t ap­pear to be wide­spread but keep it in mind when road test­ing a car be­fore pur­chase.

Also in­spect the tyres for un­even wear that could sug­gest a wheel align­ment is in or­der.

SMITHY SAYS

Big­ger, qui­eter, more com­fort­able, well built and re­li­able, but plug ugly.

Funky: The updated CR-V has flow­ing lines, a pleas­ing pro­file and clever load­ing op­tions (be­low)

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