Honda CR-V Diesel Review

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In addition to the usual safety equipment such as VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), ABS and front, side and curtain airbags the Honda CR-V EX model was fitted with the optional £2000 ADAS safety pack which comprises CMBS (Collision Mitigation Braking System), ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) and AFS (Active Xenon Headlights) - although it relies on Halogen bulbs for full beam.

Safety and Security

In addition to the usual safety equipment such as VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), ABS and front, side and curtain airbags the Honda CR-V EX model was fitted with the optional £2000 ADAS safety pack which comprises CMBS (Collision Mitigation Braking System), ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) and AFS (Active Xenon Headlights) - although it relies on Halogen bulbs for full beam.

The CMBS system predicts the likelihood of an accident and helps to minimise the possibility of an impact. The driver is given an audible warning and a visual 'Brake' warning on the dashboard display. Then if no action is taken, the audio/visual alarm is given again, an E-tensioner lightly tugs at the seatbelt as a further warning, and light braking is applied automatically. Ultimately if the system decides a collision is unavoidable, strong braking is applied with strong seatbelt retraction.

The Honda CR-V not only features ISOFIX child seat anchors for the outer two rear seats (pretty common these days) but you can opt to place one seat in middle of the rear seats.

Comfort and Refinement

The front seats are wider, longer and have taller seatbacks, which is good news as the older generation Honda CR-V seats were not that comfortable. The seats themselves are made up mostly of high strength steel, with composite components used in the base and the seatback to minimise weight.

The steering wheel is now adjustable for reach as well as rake - over a range of 30mm in each case - enabling drivers to fine tune their driving position. The angle of the steering wheel has also been raised by two degrees.

On the Honda CR-V EX model test car two stage heated leather seats are standard. There is a large panoramic glass sunroof split into two, it allows maximum light into the cabin for front and rear passengers and the sunroof blinds electrically retract into the headlining. Rear passengers have the added benefit of privacy glass from the 'B' pillar back to the boot.

The EX model Honda CR-V is very well equipped - with standard features that are usually expensive options on a lot of four wheel drives, for example the head lights automatically come on at dusk or when entering a tunnel. The windscreen wipers can be set to automatically activate when it rains and you can even adjust the speed.

Our EX model test car was fitted with the optional £2000 ADAS safety pack, with adaptive cruise control which utilises a radar system mounted inside the front grille to measure the distance to the vehicle ahead. Unlike conventional cruise control, it can adjust your speed to the vehicle in front, keeping you always the same distance apart. You can change this distance along the lines of 1, 2 or 3 chevrons apart. When this distance is reduced the system instantly decelerates the vehicle through throttle control and, if necessary, by application of the brakes. In instances where quicker deceleration is required such as being cut-up by another vehicle or sudden braking by the vehicle in front the system will alert the driver with a warning light and a buzzer to prompt the driver to apply the brakes.

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Honda CR-V Road Test Data
Model ReviewedHonda CR-V 2.2 i-CTDI
  
Body Type4x4
ColourNighthawk Black Pearl
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph10.3 Seconds
Top Speed 116 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban34.9 mpg
Extra Urban49.6 mpg
Combined43.5 mpg
  
Insurance Group12
Euro NCAP Rating4 Star
Warranty3 years / 90000 miles
Price (when tested on the 12/08/09)£26,210

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