I love this car - I previously owned a VW Touran and was fed up with its rattles, wind noise and annoying faults. The Honda is smooth, refined, super-quiet and feels so solid.
Like the first reviewer, the only reason I didn't give it five stars is the annoying seat belt positioning in the rear. Honda, you really should allow us to turn the front air bag off, too! It is impossible to get three booster seats across the back due the stupid positioning of the seat belt buckle.
Honda's own handbook insists that no child under the age of 12 should sit in the front (because of the air-bag), and because of the law below that age they should use a booster seat. Family car? If you regularly have to carry a third child, check it out before you buy.
Still love the car, though!
Great looking car especially with the 19" wheel option, great sharp responsive drive, the suspension had quite a sporty firm feel to it which was surprising for a car with a high centre of gravity.
Great levels of equipment, pretty good value for money overall. I couldnt give it 5 stars for the interior as with 3 children the rear is cramped with 2 car seats fitted, and trying to fit one car seat in the centre seat position was very difficult as the seat belt buckles are too close (and attached to a fabric strap which seemed to make it more difficult to fix the seat in securely), you had to take great care not to cover up the seat belt buckle for the adjacent passenger (the problem is similar in my mondeo but at least the seat belt buckles are more acessible).
overall a good car but i think honda have missed a bit of a trick here in not making the rear seats similar to the renault scenic ( i.e. 3 removable seats) which from our point of view compromises the car from a family of 5 point of view.
Shame there is no auto option on the diesel or leather option on the es spec level as you have to have the cost of the sat nav, rear camera etc just to get the leather on the ex spec.
I am really impressed with this car - a big car that's stable and precise on motorways and A-roads (not counting on off-road ability).
I've been looking for some time for a car that provides lots of space, quality, low costs for a company car, looks good and has some prestige. As well as a work travel car, I need an estate for family and dog etc.
Other contenders included the BMW 3 Series touring: it drives fantastically well, but just looks so ordinary and dull, even when highly specified. The Audi A4 Avant looks great, but is due an update. Then I looked at the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 - no.
But back to the CRV: the main opposition for me to this car is the Land Rover Freelander and Toyota RAV4. I picked the CR-V over the Freelander because I don't need permanent 4x4 or any real off-road capability; I preferred the seat adjustment and driving position on the Honda; it had quicker acceleration and better fuel consumption in the Honda. Against the Rav, I just could not get a comfortable driving position.
On driving the Honda I thought the ride and handling were excellent... it's stable on fast straights and tight round corners without any significant body roll. I'm equipping the 2.2CDTi ES with 19" blade alloys and sat nav. Hopefully the wheels don't spoil the ride comfort too much.
I like the flat floor and the accessibility of the gear stick. From where your hand comes to rest when you have your elbow on the arm rest, it is almost perfect for changing gears.
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