CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE 2WD
always seem surprised to
hear that Hondas five-seater CR-V
is the worlds best selling Sports
Utility Vehicle (with over five million
sold world-wide). Unless, of course,
theyve already driven one; then they
just nod their head knowingly...
WHILE THE POPULAR-WITH-UK-BUYERS CR-V is a handsome beast, gauging its 'street'
appeal is best done by considering the alternatives in
this size class that would be Audi's Q3 and Q5 models. Says it all, really.
Part of its sales success is down to the fact that you can have your CR-V with
either two driven wheels or four. Going for the 1.6 i-DTEC diesel with 2WD brings
benefits in fuel consumption officially this version will return
62.8mpg. While few cars actually manage to live up to their posted figures in
real-world driving conditions, the CR-V does.
A week's hard driving saw our overall test average come out at a genuine 55.1mpg.
Impressive not just for coming so close but also in its own right as the 4.57-metre
long, five-seater CR-V is a sizeable piece of automotive real estate.
open a door and climb aboard access is easy through large door
openings. The cabin is smart, not showy; the kind that will still look good
several years down the line.
Few cars actually manage to live up to their
posted figures in real-world driving conditions. The CR-V does.
Our overall test average come out at a genuine 55.1mpg. Impressive not
just for coming so close but also in its own right as the 4.57-metre
long, five-seater CR-V is a sizeable piece of automotive real estate...
And it's spacious, too. Headroom is abundant; you'll also find bags of room
between your shoulders and the door as well as between the front seats; elbows
can be rested on fabric-covered outer armrests on the door panels and on a sliding
front centre armrest. The seats are large enough for even rugby-playing friends,
who will be able to get comfortable without shoe-horning. Absolutely a cabin
for travelling long distances in.
You sit high and there's a nicely angled left foot rest to take the strain when
in 'the cruise'. Plus there's ample foot room for the driver to wear boots along
with power lumbar adjustment for their lower back as well as firm built-in support
for their shoulders. Not only will he or she be sitting pretty in the CR-V's
A1 driving position but there's fine visibility in all directions, including
to the rear through the back screen.
Thoughtful touches are to be found throughout the cabin including deep sun visors
that really do keep the glare out of your eyes, particularly on winter afternoons;
and a very practical wide-angle mirror that drops down above the rearview mirror
for an all-seeing view of the back cabin (brilliant if there are youngsters
The cabin also boasts plenty of storage solutions including a triple cupholder-cum-tray
with a flip-over lid, a high-set gearlever that brings the leather gearknob
conveniently close to your left hand, and big buttons for the climate system.
Apart from that the multifunction remote controls on the wheel cover just about
everything: voice, phone, cruise, speed limiter, audio, and driving info.
The three-dial set comprises of a central speedo flanked by a small rev-counter
and fuel gauge; the trip info is shown in an inner circle within the speedometer
with more detailed infotainment displays on the larger, crystal-clear dedicated
screen in the central fascia spot reserved for the SatNav screen in models further
up the trim ladder.
the Eco mode is a shift 'adviser' adjacent to the rev-counter
the good news is that it's not 'bossy'. Driver's who like to be aware of how
economically they're driving will appreciate the green glow that indicates that
they are. However, if you choose to just get in and get from A to B and fill-up
as and when the range hits a favoured number then the CR-V is too polite to
make you feel guilty.
SE is well specced with dual-zone climate control, cruise control and speed
limiter, driver's power-adjustable lumbar support, CD/DAB radio with USB and
Aux sockets (iPod compatible), multifunction steering wheel controls, heated
powerfold door mirrors, all electric windows, Bluetooth hands-free, auto-dim
rearview mirror, front and rear parking sensors, rear-view camera, daytime running
lights, auto lights and wipes, tyre deflation warning system, a full set of
airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Trailer Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist,
a 5-star EuroNCAP safety rating, Eco Mode and stop-start, and a set of 17-inch
Thoughtful touches are
to be found throughout
the cabin including deep
sun visors that really do
keep the glare out of your
eyes, particularly on
and a very practical wide-
angle mirror that drops
down above the rearview
for an all-seeing view of
the back cabin (brilliant if
there are youngsters
Three powerplants are on offer: a 1.6-litre i-DTEC with 'Earth Dreams Technology';
a 2.2 i-DTEC diesel; and a 2.0 i-VTEC petrol. The 1.6 diesel we've been driving
all week is a very undiesely diesel (and that's a very good thing indeed!).
Stirred by a quick and accurate six-speed manual gearbox, it's eager to share
its 118bhp and 221lb ft of torque with you and will nip to 62mph in 11.2 seconds.
Maxed out, it will take you to a no-nonsense 113mph.
On motorways it's a smooth performer, lapping up the miles well above the legal
limit an ability that makes it a very suitable Continental family
cruiser. Plus it's equally happy to pull as well as carry, and in 1.6-litre
2WD guise can be relied upon to tow a braked 1,700kg.
With 589 litres of boot space, swallowing five people's luggage is all in a
day's work. Pull the release levers in the boot and the 60:40-split back seats
automatically self-fold and tumble (while neatly avoiding the seatbelts) to
create a 1,146-litre cargo bay with a long, seamless floor.
Left in its default 'boot' configuration, a tough lightweight waterproof boot
liner is perfect for muddy hounds after a trek through the woods. Hiding luggage
from prying eyes is a smooth-operating roller blind that latches easily. You
can also take for granted useful bag hooks and netted side pockets as well as
a space-saver spare wheel stored under the boot floor.
in the rear is no hardship in a CR-V kids will do anything to hang out
there. And who can blame them: they get their own climate control vents, the
seats are set high so views out are great, there are bottle-holding bins, a
well-padded centre armrest with two built-in cupholders, and the seatbacks offer
a choice of two angles both of which are just right for a spot of chilling.
Grown-ups will also like all of the foregoing, as well as the fact that entry
and exit is easy.
will benefit even more from the abundant foot room and lounging leg room. Drivers
will like the fact that the headrests can be flopped down for uninterrupted
rearward visibility when driving alone or accompanied by a single front passenger.
Even the 'piggy in the middle' slot is no cop-out and provides ample headroom
with decent room for feet thanks to there being no central tunnel intrusion.
Topping it all,
particularly given that its
most likely to serve as
is the compliant ride
that makes the CR-V
ideal for long half-term
trips either at home
or across to France...
Have you noticed how lots of passengers, riding in all sorts of cars, like to
'hang' from a grab as they go along? No idea why they like doing this, but they
too are catered for in the CR-V which has a damped grab for everyone sitting
next to a door.
High up on the CR-V's long list of likeable features are its car-like driving
dynamics. The steering is weighty enough, turns-in cleanly, and the brakes feel
reassuring plus it's easy to place accurately in heavy traffic, as well as when
pressing on down country lanes. Body-lean is well managed and although high-riding
it always feels secure. Overall it's pleasant and easy to drive and it's default
state is 'unruffled'.
Topping it all, particularly given that it's most likely to serve as family
transport, is the compliant ride that makes the CR-V ideal for high-mileage
half-term trips either at home or across to France. Of course, you can't please
everybody; 007, for one, wouldn't like the ride at all but then
he prefers his pleasures shaken…
Offering a choice of two- or four-wheel drive allied to an extremely comfortable
and spacious passenger compartment, it's not hard to see why Honda's CR-V has
become the world's most popular Sports Utility Vehicle. A very easy car to say
Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE 2WD
Maximum speed: 113mph | 0-62mph: 11.2 seconds | Test Average: 55.1mpg
Power: 118bhp | Torque: 221lb ft | CO2 119g/km