It takes 9.6 seconds for the manual Honda CR-V to complete the 0-62mph sprint and the top speed is 118mph.
At the front of the Honda CR-V's cabin, the absence of central tunnel between the seats, adds to the impression of spaciousness. It is only a small gap between the high-level gear shift and the aircraft style parking brake lever but it is enough to make a difference and allow for a little more storage.
The second row of seats offer plenty of legroom for adults and have a 40:20:40 split and fold function. The centre section can be folded and the seats can slide fore and aft, while the backs can be reclined to form an impromptu bed. Alternatively, the cargo area can be increased from 556-litres to 995-litres at window level. The ES and above also benefit from sturdy double deck shelving, which is said to accommodate a child's buggy or pushchair on the lower level and shopping on the top or a couple of golf bags, if you prefer.
Before I get onto the vital statistics of the Honda CR-V test car I should mention the turbo-charged, 2.2-litre i-DTEC, as Honda expects this unit to continue to be the most popular. It produces 150PS at 4,000rpm, an increase of 10PS over the previous i-CTDi unit and the torque has also increased by 10Nm to 350Nm at 2,000rpm. But the point is that it does it very quietly thanks to some creative engineering and NVH improvements.
It takes 9.6 seconds for the manual Honda CR-V to complete the 0-62mph sprint and the top speed is 118mph. The fuel economy figure for the combined cycle is 43.5mpg and CO2 is emitted at the rate of 171g/km. When mated to the 5-speed automatic transmission, the dash takes 10.6 seconds, the top speed is116mph, the combined cycle returns somewhere in the region of 38.2mpg and the emissions increase to 195g/km.
The other engine in the Honda CR-V line-up is the 2.0-litre i-VTEC, which produces 150Ps at 6,200rpm and 192Nm of torque at 4,200rpm. The top speed, when driven through the manual gearbox is 118mph and 62mph from a standing start comes up at 10.2 seconds. Relative figures for the automatic version are 110mph and 12.2 seconds. The combined cycle economy is posted as 34.9mpg (33.6mpg auto) and CO2 emissions at 190g/km (193g/km auto).
What I like about the Honda CR-V and always have done, is that despite having the 'on-demand' 4WD system, it retains its car-like driving qualities. With a reasonably tight turning circle, it is very manoeuvrable and the high driving position makes for a more sedate drive unless, of course, you want to throw it around bends. If that is your preference then the dynamic set-up and relatively low centre of gravity means that you can enjoy some enthusiastic driving; but not when you are towing a caravan, eh?2 June 2010
Honda CR-V Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Honda CR-V 2.0 ES-T|
|Colour||Crystal Black Pearl|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.2 seconds|
|Top Speed||118 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||40.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3 years / 90000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 02/06/10)||£23,425|