- Dashboard is well laid out and logical
- Not the most exciting interior
- Easy to get comfy with good visibility
Jump behind the wheel of the CR-V and you’re not met by the most exciting dashboard out there, but it’s a very logically laid-out interior with plenty of space and good ergonomics.
It’s light and airy, it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position and there’s a commanding view of the road thanks to its high seating and good visibility.
It feels well-built too, with solid, hard-wearing materials and plenty of softer-touch plastics higher on the dash, making it feel good quality and like it’ll withstand the rigours of family life.
There’s a digital instrument cluster like you’ll find in the Civic (but doesn’t look as upmarket as those found in VW Group cars) and a large touchscreen media system which also lags behind rivals’ offerings.
The good news is that Honda has improved the quality of the steering wheel controls compared with the Civic, and has fitted a much more useful volume knob in place of the touch sensitive ‘buttons’ next to the infotainment screen.
The CR-V’s gearlever, whether you choose manual or CVT, is located higher on the centre console than those found in competitor cars, falling nicely to hand and making for a very comfortable driving experience. This also makes room for generous storage areas between the two front seats.
As a family car, the CR-V needs to be comfortable and relaxed, and it fulfils this brief well. In the front, the seats are supportive and comfortable, with plenty of adjustment for both the driver and passenger. The armrest between the seats isn’t as comfortable along the edges (this sounds petty, but it’s noticeable when you lean your elbow on the edge), but slide it forwards and it’s much easier to get along with.
There’s plenty of room to stretch out in if you’re in the middle row, with individual seats that slide and recline, while overall refinement is very impressive. Not a lot of wind and road noise make it into the cabin, meaning longer journeys can be relaxed. It’s only when you demand a bit of extra pace from the CR-V that the engine disturbs the peace.
The CR-V rides well, too. Before arriving in Europe, the CR-V was available in the USA for about a year, but the car has been tweaked for European tastes, so it’s more refined and offers a more sophisticated suspension set-up that makes it more comfortable on broken surfaces.
As long as you don’t go for a car with larger wheels, the CR-V remains composed on bad road surfaces, and deals with larger imperfections in the road admirably.