Honda CR-V Review

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Honda CR-V Review

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Getting into and out of the Honda CR-V is very easy thanks to the Honda CR-Vs low side sill step and optimised seat cushion height - which is the same as the hip height of an average height adult - both mean passengers do not have to 'climb' in and out of the seats.

Toe-control dynamics help deliver sharp and responsive steering, and the steering gear unit is mounted in a low position to improve steering rigidity and reduce friction.

The front suspension is specially designed and tuned for compact packaging, supple ride comfort and long wheel travel over harsh road surfaces. We did find the diesel model suspension rather a shock over our petrol model as it is much firmer and you do feel the road surface but it does result in dramatically less body roll which equals a more composed ride.

The latest Honda CR-V continues to offer Honda's efficient and convenient Real Time 4WD system which only comes into operation when required. It does so automatically, without any extra driver input. Real Time 4WD enables the CR-V to cope with light off-road driving - over dirt roads or slippery grass fields for example - while providing greater on-road security in slippery conditions. Ultimately the Honda CR-V is handicapped by not having a low ration gearbox and locking differentials.

Ease of Use

Getting into and out of the Honda CR-V is very easy thanks to the Honda CR-Vs low side sill step and optimised seat cushion height - which is the same as the hip height of an average height adult - both mean passengers do not have to 'climb' in and out of the seats.

The steering wheel is adjustable for reach as well as rake (30mm) enabling drivers to fine tune their driving position.

The revised Honda CR-V retains its class-leading load space and clever interior storage solutions that make it a much-loved load-lugger, capable as a family-mover, house-mover, caravan tower, and more.

Load space length measures 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 standard boot space with rear seats upright is 556 litres (VDA), rising to 955 litres with the seats flat (both to the window line).

The Honda CR-V features a Double Deck shelf, which is light in weight, so it can be removed and installed easily, but is substantial enough to create an upper and a lower luggage area when being used. Positioned 330mm above the load bay floor, there's room to fit an average collapsed pushchair underneath, and still have room for all the shopping bags on top. The shelf can also conceal items from prying eyes, but in the main, dividing up the boot means you can get at certain items more easily without having to remove the complete load. The shelf is also hinged across its width, which makes gaining access to items on the lower level even easier.

There are plenty of convenient storage areas dotted throughout the Honda CR-V cabin. These include an illuminated 6.9-litre glovebox, lidded passenger tray with a capacity of 3.1-litres, sizeable door bins front and rear and a 6.5-litre centre console storage box with sliding cover sufficient to hold up to 24 CD cases. This contains the auxiliary audio input jack, allowing operation of an MP3 player, as well as a 12V accessory socket. EX models have a USB connector located here, too.

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Honda CR-V Road Test Data
Model ReviewedHonda CR-V 2.2 litre i-DTEC ES
  
Body Type4x4
ColourPremium White Pearl
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph10.6 Seconds
Top Speed 116 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban29.7 mpg
Extra Urban45.6 mpg
Combined38.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group29
Euro NCAP Rating4 Star
Warranty3 years / 90000 miles
Price (when tested on the 01/09/10)£29,805

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