The Honda CR-V Diesel If you have owned an older model Honda CR-V you will be used to having the spare wheel situated on the tailgate - it has now been moved under the boot floor, which allows for a hatchback door rather than the heavy swing out door, but you do lose the ability to load the boot through the rear window.
If you have owned an older model Honda CR-V you will be used to having the spare wheel situated on the tailgate - it has now been moved under the boot floor, which allows for a hatchback door rather than the heavy swing out door, but you do lose the ability to load the boot through the rear window.
The boot will accommodate 556 litres of luggage to the window line with the seats in place, with the rear seats tumbled forward this increases to 955 litres. Load space length has been increased measuring in at 925mm with the rear seats in place and slid back to their rearmost point, rising to a total length of 1375mm with the seats fully folded.
The double deck cargo shelf is a useful feature, it allows you to divide the boot into two sections - a lower luggage zone for heavier luggage, with the upper section being kept for more delicate items or those you need to hand, perfect for family holidays. The divider can be easily removed and stored in the car should you need the height of the normal boot. To protect your luggage from prying eyes there is a tonneau cover, which can independently move with the sliding rear seats to keep everything covered up.
Unfortunately Honda have done away with the centre fold down table between the front seats, so no longer can you get into the rear without having to get out of the car. Although there are a number of storage compartments including an illuminated 6.9-litre glovebox and above it, a useful lidded passenger tray with a capacity of 3.1-litres. Sizeable door bins front and rear are able to hold a 500ml bottle.
The 6.5-litre storage box at the rear of the centre console has sufficient capacity to hold up to 24 CD cases, and features a sliding cover. It contains an auxiliary audio input jack, allowing operation of an MP3 player, as well as a 12V accessory socket. Ahead of the storage box on the right are two cupholders.
It's now easier and safer to tow using a Honda CR-V thanks to an increase in the towing capacity on models equipped with manual transmission. On the petrol-engined model it rises from 1500 to 1600kg, and on the diesel from 1500kg to 2000kg (braked trailer). All Honda CR-Vs are also fitted with Trailer Stability Assist, which will quickly restore stability by using a combination of reduced engine torque and precisely controlled braking should a towed trailer cause snaking.
Honda CR-V Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Honda CR-V 2.2 i-CTDI|
|Colour||Nighthawk Black Pearl|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||116 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||49.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4 Star|
|Warranty||3 years / 90000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 12/08/09)||£26,210|