- Strong five-star Euro NCAP rating
- Honda Sensing safety package standard
- Lots of safety and driver assistance technology
The longer wheelbase of the latest CR-V means it boasts the largest interior of any CR-V model, plus it’s available with seven seats for the first time.
If you choose the five-seat CR-V, the interior is more flexible and user-friendly than the seven-seat model. That’s because the second row of seats offer more adjustment and flexibility (all seats are individual) than in the seven-seat car.
Whichever you go for, space in the front of the CR-V is excellent, no matter how tall you are, with plenty of headroom and lots of adjustment in the front seats to accommodate.
In the second row, even the tallest will find it easy to get comfortable as there’s plenty of head and legroom and, thanks to a flat floor, a passenger in the middle seat won’t feel like they’ve drawn the short straw.
If you opt for the seven-seat version of the CR-V, the rearmost seats are best reserved for smaller passengers on short journeys. An adult will fit, but there’s not as much room as in a Skoda Kodiaq, for example, but will be fine for children or for shorter journeys. The middle row of seats will slide forwards to free up a bit more foot space.
Despite the longer wheelbase and extra interior space over the previous CR-V, the latest generation of the car hasn’t grown in terms of exterior dimensions, meaning it’s bucking the trend for cars becoming ever bulkier.
That’s good news, meaning it doesn’t feel too unwieldy around town, plus the high driving position and generous glasshouse mean it’s easy to drive and manoeuvre around town, as well as making it easy to drive on a twisty road.
The availability of parking sensors and cameras make life easier when parking, too, although the bulky pillar at the back of the car does restrict rearward visibility slightly.
Boot space in the CR-V varies depending on whether you choose a five- or seven-seat example.
The five-seat CR-V offers 561 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place with an adjustable boot floor, increasing to a total of 1,756 litres with the rear seats folded down.
With all seats up, the seven-seat CR-V offers just 150 litres of space and 472 litres of space with the rearmost seats folded into the floor. For a totally flat floor with the seats folded down, you need to have the adjustable boot floor in the highest position, otherwise there’s a noticeable step in the boot floor.
Luckily, folding the seats is easy enough to increase boot capacity, although the mechanism to fold the middle row out of the way to get to the third row is a little confusing at first as they lean forwards and then tumble. It’s done differently on the five-seat car, with the seats neatly diving down to create the flat floor in one smooth movement.
Figures for total boot capacity with the second and third rows of seats folded are yet to be confirmed, while an electric tailgate comes on higher-spec models, although it’s quite slow in operation, and some may find it doesn’t open high enough.
The CR-V was tested by Euro NCAP in early-2019 gaining a solid five-star crash-test rating, in part thanks to its lengthy list of standard safety and driver assistance technology.
There are six airbags as standard, as well as a stronger construction than ever, which Honda says makes the CR-V more rigid and more safe.
As part of Honda’s Sensing suit of safety kit, the CR-V comes fitted with:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System – autonomous emergency braking
- Forward Collision Warning – detects and warns if you may be about to hit something ahead
- Lane-departure warning
- Road Departure Mitigation – nudges the car back into the lane if it detects it’s about to leave the road
- Lane Keeping Assist System – keeps the car in its lane
- Adaptive Cruise Control – an ‘Intelligent’ version of this is also available that detects other cars potentially cutting into your lane in front of you
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- Blindspot monitoring
- Cross-Traffic Monitor
- Multi-angle rear-view camera
Watch: Honda CR-V SUV Euro NCAP crash test
The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Honda CR-V SUV.
Equipment by trim level
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