It’s hard to see how Honda can fail with this fourth generation CR-V. To be honest, not a lot really needed changing. The engines have been tweaked for better efficiency and, to this eye at least, it looks a good deal better both inside and out. Otherwise the recipe is very much the same and it’s wise of Honda not to stray too far from the established and hugely successful theme.
Now available in both front and four-wheel drive versions with the 2.0-litre petrol engine and all-wheel drive with the 2.2-litre diesel, the CR-V is, rather refreshingly, 5mm shorter and 30mm lower than the outgoing model without reducing the interior space.
With the rear seats folded flat, the boot capacity of the CR-V has grown by 148 litres to 1648 litres and with the seats folded up, the boot capacity is a hefty 589 litres. The load length has been increased by 140mm to 1570mm, while the height of the load lip has been reduced by 25mm to make it easier to load heavy or awkward items. The boot of the CR-V can now accommodate two mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs.
It still only seats five, but moving to a genuinely useful seven-seat body would have meant upsizing this vehicle quite considerably: five million CR-V sales to date indicate that Honda’s customers don’t want that. Listening to them is what has made this model so successful. Yes, there are more dynamic and exciting SUVs for sale, but in a maturing market place that’s increasingly defined by what the vehicle can do rather than what it says, the CR-V looks set to remain the boss.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Honda CR-V range (pictured)
PRICES: £24,000-£30,000 [est] - on the road
INSURANCE GROUPS: 27-29 [est] - 1-50 scale
CO2 EMISSIONS: 153-176g/km
PERFORMANCE: [2.2 i-DTEC] Max Speed 120mph / 0-62mph 9.5s [est]
FUEL CONSUMPTION: [2.2 i-DTEC] (combined) 45mpg [est]
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags, vehicle stability assist, trailer stability assist, ABS, electronic brake assist, front seat belt pre-tensioners, rear seat belt monitor, active front head restraints
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: TBC