The Honda CR-V EX model comes with a DVD Satellite Navigation system plus TMC and features a touch screen 6.5-inch display; there is also hands free Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, all of which can be controlled by voice recognition.
The Honda CR-V EX model comes with a DVD Satellite Navigation system plus TMC and features a touch screen 6.5-inch display; there is also hands free Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, all of which can be controlled by voice recognition. One, irritating issue with the telephone system is that it does not show the number of the person calling.
There is also a digital audio card reader which can play back MP3 and WMA files from SD, Compact Flash and Flash ATA memory cards. The audio package includes a high output audio system with four channel 43W output plus single channel 90W output to a subwoofer.
- Audi Q5
- BMW X1
- BMW X3
- Land Rover Freelander 2
- Nissan X-TRAIL
- Nissan QASHQAI
- Volkswagen Tiguan
What We Liked
- Exterior / Interior Styling
- Overall Family Packaging
- High Level of Standard Equipment
- Ride and Handling
What We Disliked
- Nothing to dislike
What we'd like to See
- An automatic diesel version (which is coming soon)
The overall build quality is very good, Honda has paid a lot of attention to detail and the car is a credit to its British workforce. We are not too sure about some of the materials though, for example the door grab handles are prone to scratching but overall should wear well.
Value for Money
Although very well equipped the Honda CR-V EX model is relatively expensive, a Volkswagen Tiguan might be a little cheaper but the Honda should prove more reliable in the long run.
Is the diesel Honda CR-V a better proposition than the petrol model?
With an automatic diesel Honda CR-V on the horizon it is all down to fuel economy and which driving characteristics you prefer. Ultimately the diesel Honda CR-V handles better, the weight of the hydraulically-assisted power steering is better and it feels more planted on the road. The low down torque delivery is a boon over the petrol engine, but the petrol engine is more refined, offering a more relaxed experience and seamless gear changes when mated to the automatic gear box.
Personally we liked the Honda CR-V so much that we bought a petrol automatic model and bearing in mind the number of the cars we drive a year it must be testament to the CR-V ownership experience.
The Honda CR-V is due for a facelift in January 2010, which will see a diesel automatic option, revised trim levels and better specifications - see The New Honda CR-V.12 August 2009
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|