Auto Express The Honda CR V is known for its practicality.
It was one of the first compact SUVs when it was launched back in 1995, and a recent facelift of the latest fourth generation model has given the CR V more of a premium feel than ever, without sacrificing anything in the way of usability.On paper economy is impressive, as is the car's refinement, but the most appealing thing remains the Honda's big boot. The crossover sector is crowded and the CR V has many rivals, but the likes ofthe Mazda CX 5, Hyundai Tucson, Ford Kuga and Kia Sportagecan't match its spacious load bay, versatile rear seats and roomy interior.Many of its competitors are more fun to drive, but the Honda is a relaxed motorway cruiser although we'd suggest sticking to one of the diesel engines for the best balance of performance and efficiency. The bigger issue is going to be price, as a decent specification Honda CR V costs at least 25,000 and there are some seriously talented alternatives that are considerably cheaper than that.The Honda CR V is a five door SUV that's a little too traditional and large to be counted as one of the more fashionable compact 'crossover' style SUVs. But it's the crossover crowd the Honda CR V must compete with, as well as other more traditional 4x4s. So the list of CR V rivals includes such luminaries as the Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Yeti and Kia Sportage, as well as the Ford Kuga, Mazda CX 5, SEAT Ateca, Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan. Within Honda's own line up, the CR V is a model up from the HR V which makes it the biggest Honda for sale in the UK.Like many of the more fashionable crossovers, the CR V is no hardcore off roader. It's designed primarily as comfortable and practical road transport, and half the models on offer come with only two wheel drive. The line up starts with the Honda CR V S entry model, which is reasonably equipped with 17 inch alloys, dual zone auto climate control, Bluetooth and DAB radio, plus cruise control, stop/start and city brake.Next up is the CR V SE Plus which adds parking sensors, fog lamps, and auto lights and wipers. Both S and SE Plus are available as Navi versions with the Honda Connect infotainment and Garmin navigation system. Moving up to the CRV SR adds 18 inch alloys, HID cornering headlamps and half leather/half alcantara seats, while the top spec CR V EX features a full leather interior, panoramic glass roof, plus smart keyless entry and start.Depending on the model you pick, there's a range of three engine choices. The 1.6 litre i DTEC diesel comes with either 118bhp or 158bhp the former available only with 2wd and a six speed manual, and the latter available only with 4x4 and a choice of coach outlet coupons 2017 manual or nine speed auto gears. If you pick the 2.0 litre i VTEC petrol engine, you can choose two or four wheel drive, and both with either manual or automatic gears.The current Mk4 CR V debuted in late 2011 and was revised in 2015, incorporating the company's 'wing grille' corporate face in the process. It's a well established model though. The first generation CR V was on sale from 1995 to 2001, the Mk2 was made from 2001 to 2006, while the third generation CR V (2006 2011) had a curvier look as part of a radical makeover. By the time the fourth generation car arrived in the UK in 2012, Honda had already sold more than five million coach handbags purses CR Vs around the globe in less than 20 years in production, proving what an important model it is for the company.Honda has a great reputation for building fantastic engines, and the 1.6 i DTEC diesel in the coach outlet sale your clothes CR V is quite impressive. Cutting edge technology has been used to ensure it maximises efficiency, and considering its small capacity, it serves up good performance in a car of the CR V's size. The engine is available with six speed manual or nine speed automatic transmissions in its more powerful guise, although the auto isn't the best performer. While gearchanges are smooth, it's sluggish to respond and dulls the engine's performance.The 1.6 i DTEC engine is relatively quiet on start up, with only a hint of diesel rattle. It remains a smooth and refined performer up to its 5,000rpm limiter. Opt for the six speed manual instead of the auto, and you'll find it a pleasure to use thanks to its precise changes. However, despite its impact on acceleration, the auto suits the car's laid back, relaxed nature.The rest of the CR V driving experience can't quite match the engine. This compact SUV has been designed with practicality and comfort in mind, so there's not much fun to be had. The plus side of this set up is that bumps and potholes are soaked up well.Grip and traction are also decent, especially on four wheel drive models, but the slow steering means you have to turn the wheel more than you might expect to navigate a corner, which doesn't inspire confidence. The lower powered version, with 118bhp and 300Nm of torque, has been available since 2013, but cannot be specified with four wheel drive or an automatic gearbox. The plus side to this is that the 118bhp 1.6 is 116kg lighter than the old 2.2 CR V, which meant Honda had to coach outlet stores 60611 specially recalibrate the suspension to compensate, which helped boost its handling.A more powerful version of the 1.6 i DTEC engine superseded the previous 148bhp 2.2 litre i CTDi diesel. This delivers the same 350Nm of torque as the old 2.2, but adds another 10bhp to the mix with 158bhp, so it's 40bhp more than the entry level 1.6. Both 1.6s make their peak power at 4,000rpm and deliver maximum torque from 2,000rpm.Honda also offers the CR V with a 2.0 litre i VTEC petrol engine. This offers 153bhp at 6,500rpm, but when compared to the diesels it looks short on torque; it musters just 192Nm at a peaky 4,300rpm. The petrol engine isn't really worth considering over either of the excellent 1.6 i DTEC motors. While all the engines provide decent refinement, the diesels make more sense, with lower CO2 emissions and greater efficiency to help keep running costs in check.What the CR V lacks in driver involvement and excitement, the 1.6 i DTEC engine more than makes up for with impressive fuel economy and CO2 figures. The lower powered 118bhp CR V claims 64.2mpg, as well as 115g/km emissions.The more powerful 158bhp i DTEC diesel is still impressive, with a claimed 57.7mpg and 125g/km in SE manual guise. Fit the automatic gearbox, and the official economy figures will plummet by around 2mpg, while emissions will rise by 5 6g/km. Plus, higher trim levels with bigger alloy wheels mildly affect efficiency, too.Not surprisingly, the 2.0 litre i VTEC petrol CR V is less frugal. Manual front wheel drive versions claim 39.2mpg economy and 168g/km emissions, while cars specified with an automatic gearbox and 4x4 transmission have official figures as low as 36.7mpg and as high as 179g/km. So while the diesels sit in road tax bands C to E, the petrol CR Vs fall into band H or I, and will cost you more in road tax.Lower Benefit in Kind ratings will make the diesels more tempting as company cars; they range from 21 to 25 per cent, whereas the petrol models range from 28 to 30 per cent. That means the cheapest diesel will have an annual tax liability of 82 for 20 per cent rate taxpayers and 164 for those earning at the 40 per cent rate; the most expensive diesel has comparable Benefit in Kind bills of 148 and 296. For the diesels, opting for four wheel drive has a negative impact on the cost of insurance. Diesel CR Vs are predicted to hold on to as much as 40 per cent of their original purchase price over three years and 60,000 miles, which is an impressive second hand performance.The previous generation Honda CR V looked a little awkward from some angles, but the latest version has a cohesive, no nonsense shape. Even so, compared to rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX 5, the car can appear a little slab sided and bland.Wraparound headlights and a grille featuring three prominent chrome bars contribute to a more aggressive front end than before. Slight changes were made in early 2015, when the car received a light update to the front and rear, as well as tweaked suspension, steering and gearbox components. The overall design alterations add up to a more attractive car, even if we wouldn't exactly call it striking.The colour palette for the CR V is heavy on the monochrome, with nine shades offered. Of those, four are 'colours', with two blues, a deep brown and vivid red all available for the more daring buyer.
Customers also have one 17 inch, one 18 inch and four 19 inch alloy wheel designs to choose from, while a cost option Aero Pack is available to beef up the car's appearance.Inside, the dash in the CR V is less button heavy than in other models in the Honda range, and the plastics used feel solid and robust. However, the trade off for this button free design is that you get a cheap looking touchscreen infotainment system slotted into the dash.
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