$27,490 – $42,290
Good: Brilliant ‘car’ like handling in a Compact SUV; Excellent Honda build quality; Interior is a family-friendly zone with lots of storage compartments; Rear seats that fold flat into the floor giving you plenty of cargo configurations.
Not so Good: More of a soft-roader than a true off-roader; Lack of low down torque in both petrol engines. Aging touch screen unit.
Design and Engineering
Good : The current shape Honda CR-V arrived Down Under in November 2012, featuring lower and shorter proportions than before.
The fourth generation Honda CR-V takes on a more aggressive and aerodynamic stance with bolder sculpting of the bodylines and aggressive front end. The front bumper’s smooth and ﬂowing lines are joined by a chrome threebar grille design.
At the rear the CR-V features the signature vertical rear brake lights with a modern touch, which have featured on every generation of CR-V.
The CR-V’s large flared wheel arches further emphasise the bold on-road presence.
Not so good : The Car Verdict team agree that the new exterior styling looks great, but what about the interior? Keep reading to find out…
Interior and Styling
Good : Interior styling looks smart and build quality is top notch. The dash-mounted gear lever creates more space for the front row; the front seats are very cushy & comfortable and the steering wheel adjusts for both tilt & reach. The lowered hip point ensures drivers can achieve a more ‘car’ like driving position rather than the high SUV seating position.
There’s plenty of storage compartments on offer for the entire family; the rear seats offer adequate leg room for three adults and the seats can slide, flip and fold flat into the floor to create a very large flat cargo carrying area.
Boot space measures 556 litres with the rear seats in the upright position, and with the 60:40 split rear seats folded down total storage is increased to 1120 litres.
Not so good : Some of the interior plastics used feel hard and are a step behind some of the competitors. The indash touch screen is beginning to date.
Good : The Honda CR-V comes equipped with the choice of two petrol engines driving two or all-four wheels depending on variant.
Featured in the VTi and VTi Nav 2WD the 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder produces 114kW of power at 6500rpm and 190Nm of torque at 4300rpm when matched to a 6-speed manaul (VTi) or 5-speed automatic transmission (VTi Nav).
VTi, VTi-L and VTi-S 4WD models come equipped with a 2.4-litre in-line four-cylinder that produces 140kW of power at 7000rpm and 222Nm of torque at 4400rpm when matched to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Both engines like to rev and deliver power in a smooth and linear fashion. The 5-speed automatic handles power delivery quite well and finds the right gear to suits most occasions.
In and around the city all Honda CR-V models are very zippy and the car like handling make it a joy to drive.
Not so good: Like the previous model the CR-V weighs more than Honda’s Euro Accord Medium Sedan and yet has less torque? The lack of low down torque is noticeable when trying to overtake or tackling a hill with a full load of passengers.
Ride and Handling
Good : The Honda CR-V drives more like a car than a bulky 4WD SUV. The handling stays relatively composed over the majority of our unique Aussie road surfaces.
Honda has revised the MacPherson strut front and multilink rear suspension systems with an increase in damper volume and also increased body rigidity.
The fourth generation CR-V features a Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system (MA-EPS), which has been reﬁned to combine easy manoeuvrability with increased feedback and response at higher speeds.
The Car Verdict team all agreed that the Honda CR-V is one of the best handling compact SUV’s currently on the market. If you’re looking at owning a compact SUV we definitely recommend you take the CR-V for a test spin.
Not so good : The turning circle is quite large and the ride is on the firm side. The CR-V is more of a city dweller than a bush basher.
Buying and Owning
Good : Honda’s CR-V achieves a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating, with safety features including Vehicle Stability Assist and traction control, three-point seat belts for all seats, front seatbelt pretensioners, whiplash-reducing front seats with active head restraints, adjustable rear head-restraints, ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, plus front, side and curtain airbags. There is also a 3 years / 100,000 km Warranty that is backed by Honda’s brilliant build, fit and finish.
Not so good : Because of the high revving nature of the petrol engines, fuel economy is only average when compared to turbo charged diesel competitors.