Honda's CR-V isn't trying to fool anyone. It's not being billed as a beemer X5 alternative, or as a backup plan for the middle class punter who fails to raise the funds to cover the cost of a brand new Range Rover.
No. The CR-V is a feat in its own right. It's the family-friendly 4x4 re-mastered for the 21st century driver who demands giant leaps in cabin space and fuel efficiency. Or as Honda puts it: it's a “perfectly centred balance between a car and an SUV.”
Honda CR-V: Tech
Tech? Oh yes. The on-board media system comes equipped with a stunning touchscreen with a slick interface, Bluetooth, AUX and USB connectivity and, if you’re willing to cough for them, Honda’s satellite-linked sat nav and DVD rear entertainment systems. Paired with four total speakers with 160 watts of stereo output, it’s a winning combination.
Honda CR-V: Specs
- i-MID with 5-Inch LCD screen and customizable feature settings
Honda CR-V: Performance
Most buyers will opt for the 2.2-litre diesel engine, which packs an impressive 148bhp and is both flexible and eager to rev. Its 148bhp 2.0-litre petrol sibling doesn’t pack as powerful a punch, but still puts on a good show. Both come equipped with a six-speed manual box as standard but there is also the option of a five-speed automatic.
Honda CR-V release date: Out now
Honda CR-V review: Hands-on
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Honda’s CR-V is an eco-friendly all-rounder that has all the trimmings of a typical 4x4 but minus one major detail - the off-road X Factor
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