TRACK NOTES

Autocar - - ROAD TEST -

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.

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