Honda CR-V Review

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Honda CR-V Review

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Rear parking sensors are fitted as standard on ES and EX models to help when manoeuvring on congested streets.

Ahead of the storage box on the right are two cupholders, and to the left a storage tray and the heated seat switches (where fitted). The handbrake has a unique, compact design, featuring a button release to one side, with a clever wire linkage requiring only limited space for its operation.

A sliding box beneath the front passenger seat and pockets within the dash, beneath the steering wheel and at steering wheel height, provide additional stowing space, and there are twin cup holders within the rear seat centre armrest, 'magically' revealed when it is folded down. Honda unfortunately 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.

The Honda CR-V ES model is also equipped with an auto-dimming mirror, cruise control, double-deck cargo space, electric folding mirrors, half leather and Alcantara heated seats, headlight washers, front fog lights, leather steering wheel and gear knob, rear parking sensors, unique interior inlay trims and USB connector for an iPod, over and above the SE model.

Top spec EX models come equipped with DVD voice-activated satellite navigation with premium audio and subwoofer, full leather upholstery with front heated seats, HID Xenon headlights and auto headlight on function, rain sensor, reverse tilt mirror and 8-way driver power seat in addition to the ES specification.

EX grades also get panoramic glass roof, which runs from the top of the windscreen and stretches over the rear seat occupants, helping to create a light and airy cabin.

Safety and Security

Rear parking sensors are fitted as standard on ES and EX models to help when manoeuvring on congested streets.

A reversing camera is fitted as standard on EX models, and utilises the Satellite Navigation screen, making reversing and parking an easy affair. Mounted above the number plate, the camera provides a view extending 131 degrees horizontally and 91 degrees vertically in the area directly behind the tailgate. The image is displayed on the satellite navigation screen to provide an instant indication of potential hazards and obstacles. This is particularly helpful in busy areas such as car parks.

The Honda CR-V boasts five ISOFIX fixtures on the rear seats which mean parents can either fit two child seats in each of the outer rear seats, or one child seat in the central position. The rear seats can be slid forward as two separate sections, which also allows for a more flexible arrangement for children in the back.

All Honda CR-V models are equipped with VSA as standard. It is designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during cornering, acceleration and sudden manoeuvres, by applying brake force to the right or left hand wheels as necessary and managing the throttle and ignition systems.

All Honda CR-Vs are equipped with 4-channel ABS and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) which adjusts front-to-rear brake effort to achieve maximum braking performance and stability. In the event of a rear wheel locking-up on a slippery road, less braking pressure is applied to the opposite wheel to help stabilise the rear end.

Honda's Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) - which is available as an option on the EX grades and comprises two separate technologies: Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

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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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