Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V Motability carThe Honda CR-V is a two or four wheel drive car designed to get us through the British winter while being as comfortable and practical as a saloon car, a trick it pulls off very well indeed. The four wheel drive system is automatic; in that it is not controlled by the driver but by the conditions the car is operating under and works very well.  Honda have a justified reputation for making well designed, well built cars with excellent engines, the CR-V is no exception, in our opinion it is probably the least aggressive and best looking four wheel drive car on the market.

 

The Honda CR-V offers excellent space, a superb driving position and comfort for passengers and driver alike. The CR-V is very well equipped in the entry level S trim, as standard you receive 17″ alloy wheels, electronic climate control, cruise control, electric heated door mirrors and i-MID, a 5″ screen that displays the car information and controls the audio system, the SE Plus trim adds an air of luxury with front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera, front fog lights, Bluetooth connectivity, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, automatic lights and wipers and power folding door mirrors. (The option exists to add a ‘Navi’ pack that includes a built in Sat Nav for additional payment of £100 – £300 to the Advance Payment) SR trim has 18″ alloy wheels, half alcantara, half leather interior, heated seats, privacy glass, Honda CONNECT with Garmin navigation, DAB, 8 speakers (320 watt) and passenger seat power lumbar adjust and height adjust. The EX trim has full leather interior, panoramic glass roof, power tailgate, driver seat power adjust with memory and smart keyless entry and start. The option exists to add driver assistance safety pack (DASP) which includes blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and a collision warning system.

 

Two engines power the CR-V, a two litre petrol and a new 1.6 litre diesel, the petrol unit is super smooth and a joy to drive offering brisk performance from the 153 brake horse power engine, 10.2 seconds to 62 miles per hour (12.2 seconds for the 5 speed automatic) and a top speed of 118 miles per hour, fuel consumption as you would expect from a big car is compromised, 39.2 miles per gallon combined for the two wheel drive manual and 37.7 mpg four wheel drive automatic, in reality that is around 26-28. The new six speed 120bhp 1.6 litre diesel offering may at first glance a little puny for such a big car but the power is delivered smoothy and in no way does the car feel underpowered. Weight pays a big part in this, only available in two wheel drive leads to a reduction in weight of 69kg, the engine itself is also lighter as it has an aluminium head so the overall effect is a car that can return 62.8 miles per gallon and hit 62 miles per hour in 11.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 113 miles per hour. All 4 wheel drive manual cars and all diesel Automatics are fitted with a 158bhp version of the 1.6 litre diesel and the extra power is very much appreciated. The 9 speed auto in the Diesel is a peach but starts at £2999 AP. Prices range for the CRV from £99 AP to £3749, there are 31 models on the Scheme.

*New CR-V due Autumn 2018 – Stock cars only avaialble now.

Spring Best Buy – Honda CR-V ‘SE Plus Navi’ 1.6 120 bhp diesel Manual 2 wheel drive  –  £1699 Advance Payment (£617 wpms)

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