Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V £n/a

Top Gear (UK) - - CONTENTS - TOM HAR­RI­SON

WE SAY: IF YOU DON’T HAVE CHIL­DREN, LOOK AWAY NOW – NOTHING TO SEE HERE. BUT IF YOU DO...

Hhan­dling, be­sides. As more in­deed space, onda the the world’s re­ally), we’re CR-V all-new, makes safety we’re best-sell­ing promised isn’t and fifth ex­cit­ing promised one tech gen­er­a­tion from of SUV cars. and them. ev­ery bet­ter (yes, much Shame From of car. the But won’t for all the of­fer its big sins, news a diesel it still is that en­gine. does this the In time num­bers. a small around, SUV. Brave. Honda Where,

op­tion Un­til is the the hy­brid 1.5-litre ar­rives 4cyl petrol next year, from your the Civic. only It’s fine. Well-man­nered as any­thing around town, al­though de­spite trick noise-can­celling tech, things get a lit­tle louder when you start to plun­der the depths of its power and torque re­serves.

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?

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