The Honda CR-V has just celebrated its 25th birthday and in the process has become the world’s best selling SUV.
Not bad for a car which was built in Swindon a few years ago but now where sadly there is no production at all in the old railway town.
But the experts say that if adequately maintained, a new Honda CR-V can last between 250,000 to 300,000 miles on the road. This means a lifespan of between 16 to 20 years, making the CR-V one of the most dependable crossovers in the market. Well I own a 10 year-old CR-V and it’s got less than 50,000 miles on the clock so hopefully I should be lucky. It’s never been a problem.
The latest evolution now of the CR-V is a hybrid – the first actual Honda to be a hybrid – and after two years it is doing rather well in the market place. The customers like it, the experts rate it and while it is expensive at around £36,000 it is an excellent car. In other words another piece of Honda equipment which cannot be faulted.
The two litre engine works in line with two electric motors giving you a top speed of 112mph and a 0-60mph in nine seconds. And being a hybrid you get more than 50 miles to the gallon.
The 2.0 i-MMD hybrid is the only engine option for the new CR-V and it is pretty lively, with a great reaction when you put the hammer down from its standard auto box and plenty of poke to get you up to 70mph without any drama.
The CVT auto box is quiet even when driven somewhat harsh at low speeds because it is the electric motor pulling you along.
Should you require a 4×4 there is one available at the right price and the emissions are between 120 and 126 CO2 g/km.
There is a massive amount of space, as there is always has been with CR-Vs. Should you take the rears seats down then you get almost 1,700 litres of space and your fuel tank is 57 litres. More than enough for a 500 mile journey.
Automatic emergency braking lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition, e-Call emergency response and lane-keeping assistance are all standard on the CR-V.
The CR-V range starts with the S trim, which comes with a good amount of kit including 17in wheels, auto lights and adaptive cruise control, plus all the safety features and visibility aids.
Up for the next is the SE trim, which adds the infotainment upgrades (Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a 7.0in screen), as well as the extra parking aids. Then there is the dual-zone climate control, 18in alloy wheels, privacy glass, auto wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.
Next is the Sport Line, which is a bit of a waste of time because its only a style number and no 4×4 with it neither. Stay with the SE.
The expensive SR with the £36,000 price tag adds leather seats, heated front seats, ambient lighting and keyless entry, while the top-of-the-range EX features 19in alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, a heated steering wheel and a head-up display and then you are up to the £40,000 mark. The SR trim gets you blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert – to warn you of approaching vehicles when you’re reversing.
Honda spent more than £2bn in Swindon. They they first arrived in town since 1985 with not a red cent of Government money and the factory closed down a couple of months ago.
There were two car plants and an engine manufacturing facility. They also closed a factory in Turkey pulling out of Europe completely. All production has reverted to Japan.