By Hugh Maguire
Honda is not new to this market, as they have had a CR-V since the first model was introduced back in 1995. The current car is the second generation and has been around for a number of years now but despite that it still manages to impress.
An all-new third generation CR-V will be launched here in October and is already available in parts of Europe however the current car merits a second glance as it offers a high class package at a fair price. The are 5 models currently available, with ES, ES Sport, ES Sport Auto, EX and EX-T trim levels
Now is a good time then to consider one as there may be deals to be had!
The Honda CR-V is a good looking well proportioned SUV. The ES model tested looked particularly well in Bronze metallic with attractive alloy wheels, all set off by judicious use of chrome in certain areas.
Behind The Wheel.
Honda seem to have put a lot of thought into the detail items, with some very handy storage bays and a free floor space between the front seats due to positioning both the gear lever and handbrake lever neatly into the centre console.
The car really does feel top quality with high-grade plastics and cloth trim in evidence throughout the car. My only negative point here relates to the fact that Honda now seem to favour an all black interior which does look rather sombre. In leather trim lighter colours are available.
Standard specification is excellent with ABS, EBD, ISOFIX, 5x 3-point belts, front and side airbags as well as curtain airbags with an intelligent roll over sensor system. Naturally you get automatic climate control, electric windows, locking and so on as well as Honda’s real-time all-wheel drive system. Overall then pretty well kitted out
Powered by Honda’s award winning 2.2 iDTEC diesel engine performance is very good. This engine has received great acclaim since it was introduced in the Accord a number of years ago and is hailed by many as being one of the best diesels currently available.
It is a 2204cc 4-cylinder unit producing some 140 ps (138 bhp). It really is a wonderful engine proving very quiet, refined and indeed powerful without compromising economy. 0 to 100km/h takes about 10 seconds and the top speed is about 200 km/h.
This fine engine is mated to an equally impressive 6-speed gearbox and the combination makes the latest CR-V a rewarding vehicle to drive.
Over my road test I returned an average of 7.6 l/100km but it will happily do around 6.5 l/100km (over 40 mpg) on a long run.
Unfortunately that 2.2 means you will pay more than you might like in road tax at €677 per year!
The suspension set-up seems to soak-up all road imperfections with ease making the CR-V a very comfortable car in which to travel. The handling is good and surefooted whether on wet or dry roads but it does roll a bit in corners.
Refinement levels are high with wind road and engine noise all very well suppressed.
The diesel engine is simply superb, I can truly say it has to be one of the best around.
I like the quality feel to the car, it is very well specified and offers good flexibility with the real-time all-wheel drive, the CR-V is capable in the city or the country.
The CR-V range starts at €40,780.