HONDA CR-V: FRESH NEW LOOK FOR THE WORLD’S BIGGEST-SELLING SUV
Honda boasts its CR-V model is the biggest-selling SUV on the planet. As the all-new fifth generation model lands in showrooms, we check it out
WHAT’S NEW? Honda’s all-new Honda CR-V has just appeared for sale in fifth generation guise. It features petrol-electric hybrid versions – a first in this model – seven-seat models, and improved interior quality, refinement and spaciousness. There’s also a new chassis aimed at delivering a more engaging driving experience and comfort, plus genuine off-road capability as well, according to Honda.
Added to this is are better engine options and a raft of new tech, meaning this model should be the best yet.
It’s hard to under estimate the CRV-S importance to Honda – it has sold some 3.5 million models globally in the past five years alone.
Born in 1995, the CR-V is Honda’s mid-range utility vehicle, slotting above the smaller HR-V.
Perhaps unusually, Honda doesn’t offer a larger SUV in the UK, although it does elsewhere. This is possibly because they believe the CR-V is big enough by UK standards – and they might be right as it’s very roomy.
There’s been a host of safety, convenience and technology features added in to the fifth-generation model.
Cabin occupants in the front and rear can make use of ipad-sized extra-large capacity door pockets, enabled by moving the speakers further up in the door panels.
In the front, a new three-mode centre console includes a convenient tray for a smart phone, or a large capacity space big enough for a small handbag.
In higher trims, twin USB ports are available in the rear, providing charging points for phones, tablets and other personal electronic devices.
Optional extras include a hands-free tailgate, complete with the ability to set opening height for use in confined spaces.
Boot capacity is claimed to be class leading, with the biggest ever loading bay ‘footprint’ in a CR-V, aided by foldable seats and a two-stage adjustable cargo floor at the rear of the car.
There’s now a load space with a maximum loading length of 1,830mm on the five-seater (or 1800mm on the seven seater) – up 250mm on the previous model CR-V, and big enough, says the manufacturer, to accommodate a 19.5inch frame mountain bike.
ber of carmakers, Honda has ditched diesel engines for petrol and petrol-hybrids (the latter will be along next year).
The 1.5 I-VTEC petrol engine comes with a choice of two and allwheel drive and in both manual transmission and CVT.
Power is delivered via a sixspeed manual gearbox, or an optional CVT automatic transmission tuned to deliver a more linear response.
The petrol and hybrid powertrains are front-wheel drive as standard, but both can be specified with Honda’s latest all-wheel drive technology – ‘Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System’ – which gives the CR-V some all-terrain capability.
Also helpful in the rough stuff, ground clearance has been increased by 38mm for all variants, up to a height of 208mm for the AWD petrol model.
TRIM LEVELS Available in dealer showrooms from earlier this month, the new CR-V follows the grading of the previous generation rising from the entry level S grade to SE, SR and finishing at the range-topping EX.
Standard across all trim levels are parking sensors and a rearview camera, as well as Honda Sensing, Honda’s suite of safety features which includes collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition.
SR and EX will also feature blind spot warning and cross traffic monitoring, while the CVT version will feature low speed follow.
SR grade also adds smart entry and start, leather interior, active cornering lights and front windscreen de-icer; while EX further includes a heated steering wheel, head up display, hands free access power tailgate, heated rear seats and panoramic glass sunroof.