What stands out?

The new-generation Honda CR-V is a spacious medium SUV with an easy-driving nature and a very family-friendly cabin. Power comes from a strong turbocharged engine, and the CR-V balances a comfortable ride with good handling. You can have five or seven seats, and auto braking is available.

What body styles are there?

There are a few styles, the five-door SUV-style wagon only, with seating for five or seven. Some Honda CR-Vs drive only their front wheels, while others drive all four wheels. All-wheel-drive CR-Vs drive just the front wheels most of the time to save fuel, but more power automatically to the rear wheels when that’s helpful, such as when accelerating from a standstill.

What features do all Honda CR-Vs have?

  • A sound system with an AM/FM radio, USB and HDMI inputs, Bluetooth audio streaming, and eight speakers, controllable from a central touchscreen.
  • Height and reach adjustment for the steering wheel, from which you can operate cruise control and multimedia features.
  • Dual-zone climate control, which can supply ventilation to you and your front passenger at different temperatures, with dedicated vents for rear passengers.
  • Proximity-key entry, which lets you unlock the car and drive away without removing the key from your bag or pocket.
  • Wheels made from aluminum alloy, and a full-sized alloy spare. 
  • Tyre pressure monitors 
  • A reversing camera, with top, normal and wide views. Automatic transmission.
  • Daytime running lights illuminated by extremely long-lived LEDs.
  • Roof rails, which make it easier to fit rooftop luggage systems.
  • A driver attention monitor, and Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot camera.
  • Trailer Stability Assist, which helps prevent an oscillation developing when you are towing.
  • Six airbags. Stability control, which helps you avoid and control skids.
  • Every Honda CR-V comes with a five-year warranty, with no restriction on distance

Which engine uses the least fuel?

Every CR-V comes with the same engine, a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol. While putting it to the test, it consumes about 7.4 litres/100km on city and country cycles combined. This four-cylinder is a revised version of the engine in the more expensive versions of Honda’s Civic small hatch and sedan. In the CR-V it offers about 10 percent more thrust under most driving conditions, thanks largely to a more effective turbo. That is plenty for relaxed open-road use.

Notwithstanding the higher boost pressure, Honda says you can fuel the engine with regular unleaded. Every CR-V comes with a continuously variable transmission CVT. Unlike conventional or dual-clutch automatics, which select from fixed gear ratios, a CVT can vary the gear ratio in tiny increments, so that the car feels more responsive more of the time. On more expensive CR-Vs, you can select from seven artificial ratio steps using paddles on the steering wheel.

What about safety in a CR-V?

Every CR-V comes with anti-lock brakes, stability control, six airbags, seat belt reminders for all seats, tyre-pressure monitoring, a reversing camera, LED daytime running lights, LaneWatch, and a driver attention monitor. The package prioritises your control of the car, protection in a crash, fatigue awareness on long trips, and the welfare of bystanders when you are maneuvering at slow speeds.

The airbags are in the usual places. Front occupants each get an airbag in front, and another alongside at chest level. And front and rear occupants – including those in the third seat row – get side-impact protection from airbags extending down the cabin at head level. LaneWatch displays, on the central touchscreen, a view down the side of the car whenever you indicate to turn left, picking up cars and cyclists that might not show in your mirror.

The driver attention monitor assesses your steering for signs you may be falling asleep at the wheel – and proposes you take a break. The VTi-S AWD and VTi-LX add active cruise control,  auto emergency braking, and three forms of lane-keeping help.

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Sourced: Tony O’Kane