Honda CR-V £n/a
WE SAY: IF YOU DON’T HAVE CHILDREN, LOOK AWAY NOW – NOTHING TO SEE HERE. BUT IF YOU DO...
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This isn’t helped by the transmission. If you want AWD, you have to have a CVT. Shame – if there’s one thing Honda does better than any other mainstream carmaker, it’s manual gearboxes. And CVTs are generally awful. This one isn’t the worst – provided all you do is pootle, former it definitely won’t The is steering annoy well-weighted will, though, you. and Much. ride as and impress, it’s The direct rubbish. infotainment though. and the The latter most especially SUV. How well it drives mannered. is secondary But this to is its a main family purpose – carrying stuff, such as people. Five or, if you’re prepared to sacrifice a few litres of bootspace (and a valid excuse for not giving four of your kid’s friends a lift home), seven. And they’re good ones, if a bit harder to manipulate than rivals’. It has a boot too. And it’s big. The new CR-V is the same size as the car it replaces (a rarity these days) – mainly because Honda has stretched the wheelbase by 30mm (pushing the wheels closer to the corners) and widened the track so you get more space inside. This is A Good Family Car. Spacious, comfortable, reasonable to drive and, as it’s a Honda, it should comfortably outlast its first eight owners. And their kids. Bit dull. But aren’t they all?