Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC SE 4WD05 | 11 | 2012Scotcars rating

    Honda's new CR-V raises the bar with major changes as it bids to stay ahead of rivals


    Hard to believe really, but the Honda CR-V has been with us since 1997, which is why it’s so very much part of the motoring landscape (watch our video of the new CR-V on-the-road). It was one of the first to offer us the soft-roading option with the security of simple four-wheel-drive for poor weather, but happy to run as a practical family car the rest of the time.

    Built for the European market at the company’s Swindon plant, it’s been a huge success with more than five million taking to the world’s roads. After a couple of model updates and a facelift in 2007, the latest fourth generation is now with us and it comes with some major changes. In fact, about the only thing that’s the same is the name apart from Honda’s reputation for quality and reliability.   

    On the Road

    The new car feels very secure on the road thanks to improved aerodynamics, increased body rigidity and some superb work on the suspension (watch our design video of the new Honda CR-V). It is slightly lower and shorter than the previous model but you wouldn’t notice, because of the strong presence it projects from the businesslike family front end and the more serious looking rear.

    There’s a choice of a two litre petrol engine or a 2.2 litre diesel, which is likely to be the most popular option in SE spec with electronically-activated four-wheel-drive and hill descent control as standard on the automatic transmission verson.

    For the first time, two-wheel-drive will be offered as an option on the petrol. I found the smaller engine quite sluggish in comparison with the diesel, and with the larger 18in wheels of the EX spec, a much harsher ride.  

    Comfort and Safety

    Inside the car feels spacious, despite the reduction in exterior dimensions, and build quality is first class. Dials and instruments have been improved from the previous model and the whole package comes together very well. At the back end, the low-loading floor is welcome and the front seats, which now incorporate a whiplash mitigation system, are excellent.  

    Should I Buy One?

    Some nice new touches to an old friend. Not the cheapest but a lot for your money.

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    Alan Douglas

    Quick Stats
    Price OTR/As Tested £26,105 / £26,605
    Engine / Power: 2199cc turbodiesel / 145bhp
    How fast?: 9.7secs / Max 118mph
    How big/heavy?: L4570mm W2095mm H1650mm / Weight 1713kg
    How thirsty/CO2?: 50.4mpg combined / 149g/km
    InsGP/Road tax: 28E / Band F £135
    Alternatives: Volvo XC60; Mitsubishi Outlander; Land Rover Freelander; Audi Q3

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