The CR-V’s generous proportions mean that it provides plenty of space for those in the front seats. No one is likely to feel that they could do with more head or leg room, while access is excellent.
In-cabin storage is excellent for those in the front, with large door bins that will hold a one-litre water bottle and a centre console that has two fixed cupholders and a large lidded cubby perfect for phones, iPods and everyday clutter.
Honda CR-V rear space
The CR-V is one of the most family-friendly mid-size SUVs, thanks to the large amount of head and leg room on offer in its rear seats.
Better still, and unlike most rivals, it has a flat floor, which means that an adult can sit in decent comfort in the middle seat without their feet having to straddle a central tunnel.
Access is very good, thanks to rear doors that open wide and provide a large opening, while a driver’s seatback pocket comes as standard on all models.
Honda CR-V seating flexibility
The CR-V is a very practical family car, but it doesn’t provide the same degree of versatility that some of its rivals do. The rear seat base is fixed and the backrest has a 60/40 split folding function, whereas some cars in this class provide a sliding seat base and rivals such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Volvo XC60 have a more flexible 40/20/40 split. A central rear armrest is standard.
There’s no option to fold the front passenger seat forward to accommodate longer loads, and the two cheapest trim levels miss out on height adjustment for the front passenger seat, too. However, when you need more boot space it’s very easy to tip the rear seat backs forward using handles mounted on the boot sides – the seat bases automatically tip forward too, to create a flat load space.
Honda CR-V boot space
The CR-V’s boot is one of the largest in its class, with a 589-litre capacity with the seats up. Of its mainstream rivals only the Hyundai Santa Fe gets close to matching this; the Nissan Qashqai provides just 430 litres.
There’s a small lip to load items over and some intrusion from the wheelarches, but the space is a useful shape and top-spec versions have a boot lid that opens and closes electrically at the touch of a button.
Fold the CR-V’s rear seats forward and there’s a huge 1648-litre load space up to the roof. That’s more than a Ford Kuga or Nissan Qashqai offers. It outdoes the seven-seat Hyundai Santa Fe, too, but not the five-seat version.