Honda CR-V Road Test (2007)

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V Review

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It has been a while since I drove the previous diesel CR-V but I can remember that it made quite an impression in terms of performance.

Along with the three trim levels are two engine options; a new 2.0-litre i-VTEC, petrol and the same 2.2i-CDTi turbo diesel that was in the previous model and also the test car. Vital statistics for the petrol are a 0-62mph time of 10.2 seconds (12.2 for the 5 -speed auto) and the top speed is 118mph (110mph auto).

In comparison, the diesel, which is only mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, takes 10.3 seconds for the sprint and from there the maximum speed is 116mph. This unit has a power output of 138bhp (140PS) at 4,000rpm and produces 340Nm (251 lb ft) at 2,000rpm.

As part of the, ‘Not all 4x4s are the same’ campaign, Honda tells us that with CO2 emissions of 192g/km (195g/km auto), the petrol-powered CR-V is cleaner than a 1.6 MINI Cooper S and is keen to point out that it is more fuel efficient, too; 27.2-, 42.4- and 34.9mpg are the manual version’s urban, extra-urban and combined figures, respectively.

On the other hand, the diesel has figures of 34.9-, 49.6- and 43.5mpg for the same cycles and CO2 emissions are measured at 173g/km. This is a slight improvement over the previous car and Honda puts this down to the improved aerodynamics of the new shape along with revised gearing and the reduced rolling resistance of the tyres.

It has been a while since I drove the previous diesel CR-V but I can remember that it made quite an impression in terms of performance. Although the engine outputs are the same and the figures tell me something different, I didn’t think that the new car performed as well.

With the wider track and centre of gravity lowered by 35mm in comparison, the CR-V is very stable on bends and has plenty of torsional stiffness and good suspension, so it doesn’t wallow. The new car also retains the ‘Real Time 4WD’ system, which only comes into play when necessary say, in slippery conditions or for light off-roading across fields or unmade roads. For 2007 however, the system has been tweaked for better hill-climbing and acceleration but remains Dual Pump and rather than electronically controlled.

Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is a standard feature across the range. This helps with cornering and swift changes of direction. The system includes Traction Control and ABS with EBD. As part of the active safety programme, EX customers can order Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which when activated, maintains a constant distance between the CR-V and the vehicle in front.

Further to this, the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) monitors vehicle distances and warns the driver if they get too close, via a buzzer and ‘BRAKE’ light. Depending on what the driver does at this point determines whether the system disengages or gives a more emphatic warning by tugging on the seatbelt and lightly braking the car. If there is still no response, the CMBS system will brake even harder and pre-tension the seatbelts.

The newly-developed Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure increases occupant protection as well as limiting the damage to other vehicles in the event of a collision. While other passive safety measures include dual, front, side and curtain airbags and anti-whiplash head restraints.

With the current backlash against ‘gas-guzzling’ 4x4s, I can see why Honda has softened the appearance and feel of the CR-V but for me it is now not so much an SUV as an MPV with limited off-road capabilities and a far cry from the old model. ‘Not all 4x4s are the same’? Try it for yourself and see.

7 May 2007 Melanie Carter
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Honda CR-V Road Test Data
Model ReviewedHonda CR-V 2.2 i-CTDi ES
Body Type5-Door 4x4 (SUV) Sport Utility Vehicle
ColourRoyal Blue 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
Warranty3-Year or 90,000 mile (whichever comes first) Mechanical Warranty
Price (when tested on the 07/05/07)£21,417

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