2012 Honda CR-V review
By Ian Lynas, 16th November 2012
Like a number of other manufacturers in this class, there is a choice - four-wheel or two-wheel drive. For the first time the CR-V is being offered with the choice of drive options.
Personally, I don't understand why anyone would buy such a vehicle if it wasn't four-wheel drive, especially as some of our recent winters have been so bad. The two-wheel drive option will be substantially cheaper, however.
The fourth generation CR-V mixes the practicality of an SUV and the comfort levels of a passenger car, all dressed in a very attractive body. The first generation model arrived in 1995 and since then, Honda has delivered improvement upon improvement and the newcomer is the best to date.
I had the opportunity to take the wheel of the new CR-V in Scotland; roads on the West Coast which I know so well and with the Summer a distant memory, thankfully the caravans were missing. Driving a 2.2 i-DTEC SE 4WD, I managed to average 48.2mpg. That is an excellent economy figure for this type of vehicle.
This fourth generation model continues to fuse agile, intuitive driving dynamics with incredible versatility. Significant improvements in every area and much improved efficiency create an exciting new vehicle that will satisfy current owners and attract a new generation of buyers. The new CR-V delivers greater quality, practicality and refinement than its predecessors and with environmental concerns of increasing importance, both petrol and diesel engines emit significantly less CO2.
I was pleased with not only the handling qualities of this new Honda, but also with comfort levels - the CR-V was developed to suit European roads. The model I tested was on Continental Tyres and perhaps they play a part, but the new car emits much less road noise than earlier models.
There are four trim levels; EX, SR, SE and S. My test CR-V was in SE trim and at a cost of £26,605, it is an excellent package. Some of the highlights of the SE are rear view camera, Bluetooth hands free telephone connection, power folding door mirrors, automatic lights and wipers, Cat 1 alarm and key fob window opening and closing.
The interior combines class-leading space and versatility with much improved materials and reduced noise levels and I was impressed with the car-like driving position. The Driver Interface Zone allows you to focus on the road ahead and lays out crucial information behind the steering wheel at the natural point of focus.
Right at the heart of the new CR-V is a good choice of engines, both petrol and diesel and as Northern Ireland buyers in the main tend to opt for diesel, naturally this was the vehicle I selected to drive. The 2.2 litre diesel engine delivers 150PS with lots of torque and rest to 62mph in 9.7 seconds.
Practicality is a major factor with such a vehicle and the new CR-V is a load lugger; with boot capacity ranging from 147 to 1,669 litres. There is 589 litres with the seats in place.
The CR-V come of age and offers serious competition to its rivals: sharper styling and an overall good package should widen the buying audience for this vehicle.