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

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page - CARFINDER UP­DATE PAUL CON­NOLLY

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.

cen­tral touch­screen.

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.

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