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Honda CR-V

The UK market is one of the most important for the Honda CR-V, and not only because it is built here. Since its launch back in 1997, British buyers have snapped up just under a third of the total European production, with more than 225,000 examples sold here. To ensure continued success, an updated CR-V is arriving in UK showrooms, and one of the most important changes is the replacement of the previous 2.2-litre engine with a new two-stage turbocharged 158bhp 1.6-litre i-DTEC unit, paired exclusively to four-wheel-drive and Euro-6 emissions compliant.
A new nine-speed automatic gearbox also makes its debut, mated to the powerplant. The 118bhp 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine continues, too, and is fitted to the two-wheel-drive derivatives. Changes to the styling include redesigned headlights, revised bumpers and a fresh design for the grille, all contriving to give the CR-V a more muscular appearance. Under the skin, the chassis has been uprated to deliver improved handling and ride comfort, while better sound absorption reduces noise levels in the cabin.
A new infotainment system makes its debut, and the world's first predictive adaptive cruise control is fitted as part of the Sensing pack, which also includes autonomous emergency braking. The latest 1.6 i-DTEC engine is a real gem, remaining quiet and smooth whether it's cold or warmed through, though it does get a touch vocal when fully extended. There's good pace away from the lights, and sufficient mid-range pull to overtake safely.
The six-speed transmission is light and smooth, while the steering is well weighted, balancing driving feel with manoeuvrability. On twisty roads there's predictably a fair bit of body lean, though never feels out of control, with generous grip provided by the all-wheel-drive set-up. Ride comfort is generally good, with only the deepest potholes and poorest surfaces being transmitted into the cabin. Little has changed inside the CR-V, and that's a good thing, as it's nicely appointed and laid out, with all of the controls mounted high-up, including the usefully located gear lever.
The new infotainment system is perfectly positioned and operates with lightning fast responses and brilliantly clear and colourful graphics. Along with a smattering of soft-touch surfaces, there's an air of unbreakable solidity about this SUV. And it's easy to get a decent driving position thanks to lots of available adjustment, with the driver's seat delivering excellent support and feeling nicely stuffed. The commanding view out makes manoeuvring the CR-V easy, with great all-round vision attributable to the large, deep windows.
But it's the sheer spaciousness that is the ace up its sleeve, with generous leg and headroom both front and back. Thanks to the totally flat floor, there's more than enough space for a third person along the rear bench seat. With the chairs in the upright position there's a massive 589 litres of luggage room, and that can be extended by pulling a lever in the loadbay, folding the rear seats down flat automatically, and opening up to a space of 1,669 litres. And rather usefully, the carrying of awkward, heavy loads is made easier by a low loading sill.

Model tested 1.6 i-DTEC EX 4WD
Price .32,470
Made in Swindon, UK
Configuration 5-door SUV, 5-seats,four-wheel-drive
Drivetrain 1597cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, turbocharged diesel with stop-start
Transmission 6-speed manual
Power output 158bhp @ 4,000rpm
Maximum torque 258lb ft @ 2,000rpm
Top speed/0-62mph 125mph/9.9 secs
CO2 emissions (tax band) 133g/km (E) Euro 6
Economy (urban/extra urban/combined) 51.4/60.1/55.4mpg
Fuel tank size/range 58 litres/707 miles
Insurance group/BIK rate 27/24%
Size (length/width with mirrors) 4,605/2,095mm
Boot space (minimum/maximum) 589/1,146 litres
Kerb/max towing weight 1,630/2,000kg
In showrooms Now
Prices .23,400 to .34,120
Bodystyles 5-door SUV
Engines 1.6 (118bhp), 1.6 (158bhp)
Trim levels S, S Navi, SE, SE Navi, SR, EX
Also consider Ford Kuga, Mazda CX-5

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