The CR-V’s driving position isn’t as commanding as that of some rivals’, but you get the raised height that SUV buyers crave. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, and the steering wheel and pedals are well placed.
A good range of seat and steering wheel adjustment means that most drivers will be able to find their ideal set-up and driver’s seat lumbar adjustment is standard for all models.
The dashboard is less user-friendly, with a lot of buttons to negotiate and various information displays that could be clearer.
Honda CR-V visibility
The raised driving position and large glass area mean that the view forward from the CR-V’s driver’s seat is excellent. Over-the-shoulder visibility is severely hampered by the thick rear pillars, however.
A handy feature on all but the entry-level version is a ‘conversation mirror’ mounted in the rooflining that allows those in the front seats to keep an eye on those behind them without turning round. Trims from SE level and above come with front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, automatic headlights and wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. SR models and above have xenon headlights with a high-beam support system.
Honda CR-V infotainment
The CR-V is available with all the features you’d expect, but its infotainment system isn’t as sophisticated as that of many rivals.
The variety of buttons and displays on the dashboard and steering wheel can be confusing, and some of the readouts could be clearer. Accessing some of the information menus can be a long-winded process, too.
The biggest culprit is the sat-nav system that’s available as an option for some models and standard on others: the graphics look dated and it’s far from intuitive to use. Honda really needs to raise its game in this area.
Honda CR-V build quality
The CR-V’s cabin feels well built and Honda has a reputation for interiors that are sturdy and durable. The controls have a reassuring weight and solidity to them, too.
The design is bland, but the CR-V’s cabin is easy on the eye and the materials used for the seats and trim look classy. It doesn’t quite have the premium sheen of a BMW X3 or Volvo XC60, however.