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Honda CR-V review

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10 Oct 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 17:52

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Honda CR-V estate running costs

We having nothing concrete to write here, other than a heads-up from Honda that the CR-V will cost about 5% more than the outgoing model.

On that basis, expect the entry-level model with a manual gearbox and two-wheel drive to be competitive with a Skoda Kodiaq of equivalent spec.

If it’s anything like the outgoing car, expect strong resale values, partly due to the less generous discounts that Honda dealers offer.

Officially, the 1.5-litre manual will average 38.2mpg, and we managed 39mpg on the test car with some fairly considered driving. A Kodiaq 1.4 TSI 150 is claimed to manage nearer 45mpg, but offers identical CO2 emissions of 143g/km.

The fact that there won’t be diesel CR-Vs means that if you need something more economical because you do loads of miles, you should go for a rival with a diesel engine or wait until 2019 for the petrol hybrid.

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Honda CR-V estate equipment

At this early stage, we’ve been led to believe that the new CR-V will offer broadly the same trims as the outgoing car.

From that, we can deduce that S is likely to have 17in wheels, climate control, electric windows and adaptive cruise control as standard, while the more recommendable SE trim will get trinkets such as privacy glass, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

The priciest trims will get bigger alloy wheels, electrically operated and heated leather seats, keyless entry and a powered tailgate.

Honda CR-V digital dash

Honda CR-V estate reliability

Honda has one of the better reliability records, finishing sixth out of 32 manufacturers in our most recent survey.

That’s on a manufacturer level, but the previous CR-V was less credible in its own right, with a fairly average 38 faults per 100 vehicles; the Mazda CX-5 had 28 and a Mitsubishi Outlander just nine. Hopefully, this new version will improve on that.

Honda’s default warranty is three years/90,000-miles, including breakdown assistance.

Honda CR-V estate safety and security

Honda is confident that it has engineered the new CR-V well enough that it’ll get a five-star Euro NCAP rating. We’ll let you know if that’s the case as soon as it is crash tested.

Automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, blindspot monitoring, traffic sign assist and rear cross traffic alert are all standard.

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Verdict

All versions of the CR-V are okay – rather than outstanding – to drive. Five-seat models are very practical, while the seven-seater disappoints

  • Vast rear-seat space (on five-seat models)
  • Good-sized boot (on five-seat models)
  • Comfortable driving position
  • Rough-sounding engine under load
  • Poor infotainment system
  • Seven-seat versions hard to justify over rivals
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