Honda CR-V

4/5
Honda CR-V  image
Verdict

During 2015 the Honda CR-V received a subtle facelift. The vehicle looks only a small bit different than before. The major changes in this car are under the hood and by way of safety. Once upon a time there was a very large 2.2 litre engine available in the Honda CR-V. This engine was a work horse but it was expensive to tax on account of high CO2 emissions. There were other engine variants available at the time too. There is no longer a choice when it comes to engine size and to many CR-V fans this may be a good thing.

Performance

The updated CR-V is now only available with one engine. That is a very capable 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine. The good news for punters is that this reduction in engine size means that the manufacturer can now sell the vehicle at a more reasonable price. Because of lower CO2 emissions the VRT is lower on the car when it lands in Ireland which means even further savings on the outgoing model. While the new engine may be smaller the technology in use means that it’s actually more powerful and it offers 160 bhp, whereas the 2.2 offered circa 150 bhp.

Ride & Handling

The steering of the CR-V is a bit too light and isn’t as responsive as some of its competitors. The transmission of choice would be the very smooth six speed manual offering. The automatic gearbox can struggle when trying to find the next gear. The suspension soaks up road imperfections very smoothly and the grip of the vehicle is excellent.

Refinement

The CR-V is perhaps the most refined SUV among the likes of the Mazda CX-5, the outgoing Kia Sportage and the Ford Kuga. Honda really focused on keeping the new engine as smooth as possible. The diesel is quiet and the insulation around the CR-V is excellent. This makes for a very comfortable cabin.

Quality & Reliability

The ride height in the CR-V is brilliant and it feels higher than many of its competitors. Everything in the CR-V is of high quality. The seats are wonderfully comfortable and the dash board is made of good quality plastics. The small things that have changed in here include higher quality furnishings and seat upholsteries. The biggest change is in the infotainment system which is very easy to use and is highly connected. The Honda Connect system uses a seven inch screen and it can easily connect to phones. It also offers connectivity to a certain number of apps like AHA (this reads Facebook and Twitter feeds).

Safety & Security

All Honda CR-Vs come with the very intuitive City Brake Active System. This uses radar to scan the surrounds of the CR-V. If the car thinks that you are in danger of a collision it automatically applies the brakes. This system only works at speeds between 5 and 32 km/h.

The CR-V also offers Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control. This is a great cruise control system that keeps you a safe distance from the car in front. If the car in front slows down then so too does the CR-V. This system also takes surrounding lane environments into consideration while in operation. So if the car senses that somebody is about to switch over to your lane in front of you it automatically slows down and maintains a safe distance.

Space & Practicality

The CR-V’s space is among the best in its class. The head and leg room to the front and rear is excellent. The boot space is pretty much unmatched by immediate rivals.

View other variants of this car
Compare specs to an alternative car!

Key Facts

New Price
€32,575
Make

Honda

Model
CR-V
Variant
CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE
First year of model production
2015
Engine (L)
1.6
Transmission
Manual
Gears
Manual
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
Average Cost Per 200KM
€10.73
Cost of filling a tank
€70.7
Average L/100km
4.4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
58
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1318
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
115
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
120
Top Speed
182 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
11.2
Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Torque
300

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
589
Kerb weight
1541
Tyre Size Front
225/65 R17
Tyre Size Back
225/65 R17
Wheel Base
2630

Warranty

Warranty All Components
3 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Warranty Car Body
12 Year warranty
Warranty Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Warranty Mileage
100000
Warranty Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5

What Experts Say

Auto Express
Latest Honda CR-V is practical and comfortable, but it lacks the driving sparkle of some class-leading crossovers
Top Gear
Boringly average, but also perfect for school run mums.
What Car
The Honda CR-V has masses of space, but other SUVs offer more equipment and superior refinement for less money.

Dimensions

Boot capacity
589 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
225/65 R17 mm
Tyre size back
225/65 R17 mm
Length
4570 mm
Width
1820 mm
Height
1685 mm
Wheel Base
2630 mm
Front Track (mm)
1685 mm
Kerb weight
1541 KG
Turning circle (m)
11.8 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
120 bhp