The CR-V pitches, rolls and jounces more than the more driver-focused cars in its class when driven to extremes, but manages to maintain reasonable stability and grip anyway. It’s the sort of SUV whose initial rate of body lean is a touch discouraging but that keeps gripping as you wind on lock – and so will tolerate a quicker rate of progress, however apparently unwillingly.
The car also has well-tuned electronic stability controls that prevent you from disturbing its adhesion with excessive power. Honda’s latest stability aid is called Agile Handling Assist, and has been tuned for European tastes – so that it’s not easily set off with sudden steering inputs, and doesn’t intrude on the driving experience too much.
Body control through the compression and jump after T6 aren’t brilliant. The CR-V feels like a heavy car when driven hard.
CVT transmission doesn’t allow revs to just drop away under heavy braking, giving you some useful engine braking into tighter bends like T2.
Gearbox and four-wheel-drive system combine to create a sense of disconnection from the driveline on corner exit, though traction and stability are decent.