Honda CR-V 2.0 SE i-VTEC 2WD
THE Honda CR-V has been a significant model in the firm’s armoury since 1995 — but it’s only now that this UK-built model is offered in both two and four-wheel drive varieties on the 2.0-litre i-VTEC model - writes Stephen Sinfield.
The model I put to the test this time was the mid-luxury sector SE model in two-wheel drive. I’ll be looking at the four-wheel drive version in a week or two’s time.
Honda’s catchwords for the CR-V are ‘reliable, capable and reassuring’ — three words which accurately sum-up this blend between an SUV and a luxury saloon.
The 2.0 i-VTEC SE has better fuel economy than the other petrol CR-V variants with figures settling at 39.2 mpg and CO2 levels of 168g/km.
And these small differences between models can mean big differences to your pocket.
My SRV test model fell within the ‘H’ band for road tax whereas taking the next model up in the luxury stakes — the SR model with its four-wheel drive — takes your tax to band ‘I’.
So what do you get for your money with the SE model?
Standard features include front and rear parking sensors, rear view parking camera, Bluetooth telephone system, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control, dual zone climatic air conditioning, hill start assist and lumbar support seats.
An impressive list of features for a vehicle with a £22,895 price tag.
Handling is impeccable with the CR-V and its higher driving position enables this Honda to power through anything in its path.
My test of this CR-V came within days of a band of heavy snow fall, followed by a rapid thawing process.
The twists and turns of the Derbyshire Peak District roads were given the added hazard of flooding and mini rivers crossing their path.
Where other vehicles faltered, the CR-V took the challenge in its stride.
While the weather may not have been pretty outside, the CR-V made the journey a joy with loads of interior space, a 589 litre boot capacity and a checklist of safety features including vehicle stability assist, ABS braking with emergency brake assist and multiple airbags.
Measuring in at 4,570mm (l) x 1,820mm (w) x 1,650mm (h), the CR-V isn’t small yet its performance statistics rival many compact cars. Its 0-62mph of just 10 seconds is not to be sniffed at.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that emergency services across the country are taking a serious look at the CR-V.
With a need for a large vehicle which manages to combine fuel economy with speed and handling — plus the choice between both two and four-wheel drive variants — the Honda CR-V is fast becoming the model of choice for the blue light brigade.
I’m as impressed as the emergency services with the CR-V and I was only using the two-wheel drive variant.
I’m secretly praying for another batch of horrendous weather so that I can put the four-wheel drive variant through its paces.