The new Honda CR-V has more body-coloured panels than before, which enhances the perceived up-market look and the EX trim comes with fully colour-coded bumpers. I use the word, perceived, because it is little more than a change in materials so the effect is simply an impression.
In profile, the new design of the 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels (steel for the SE) show off the heavily contoured wheel arches a treat. Again, the black paintwork serves to highlight the chrome surround to the distinctive, coupe-like windows more than any other colour. Below, the plastic sill hints at off-road credentials although, it has to be said, the ground clearance is prohibitive to any serious adventures. Nonetheless green lanes shouldn't pose a problem.
The Honda CR-V's rear bumper has also seen some revisions but the large tailgate, flanked by the tall, stacked light clusters, remains largely unchanged. Not only have the changes to the bodywork and bumpers increased the overall length of the car by 44mm, but they have also served to move it up a notch.
Inside, the major changes can be seen in the use of better plastics and fabrics than in the previous model and there is a new console for the audio system. The Honda CR-V test car was in ES-T trim, which is a kind of halfway point between the ES and the EX. The T designates the Technology Pack, which is £1,280- worth of voice-recognition, DVD Satellite navigation with large touch screen, Bluetooth Hands-free, rear parking camera and premium audio with subwoofer.
For the sake of clarification, there are three main trim levels; SE, ES and EX with prices ranging from £20,720 to £31,875. In addition we have the ES-T and the EX also comes with the Advanced Safety Pack, comprising Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Active Front Lighting (AFS) and High Intensity Discharge lights (HID), which are also auto-levelling.
Even at the base level, the Honda CR-V is well equipped with the SE boasting powered and heated door mirrors, a single CD/RDS radio plus an AUX socket, a multi-functional computer, manual air-conditioning, powered windows front and rear, a rake and reach-adjustable steering column and armrests for the front passengers as well those in the back.
The ES adds half leather/Alcantara upholstery over heated seats, headlight washers, auto-dimming rear view mirror, privacy glass at the rear, rear parking sensors, front fog-lights, iPod connection and chrome highlights on the controls.
The top of the range Honda CR-V EX gets the contents of the Advance Safety Pack plus automatic headlights and wipers. The EX also benefits from a panoramic sunroof, allowing plenty of light into the cabin.
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