2010 Honda CR-V | road test

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 by
There are only a few changes to the CR-V for 2010

There are only a few changes to the CR-V for 2010

AT A GLANCE

FOR

  • Very practical
  • Comfortable
  • Well made

AGAINST

  • Looks still divide opinion
  • Noisy engine
  • Plasticky interior

SUMMARY

’s popular compact SUV gets a mild facelift inside and out for the 2010 model year, with revised looks and a few interior upgrades. While the 2010 model available in the States gets a more powerful 180bhp engine, that powerplant unfortunately doesn’t make it across the Atlantic.

We’re still not entirely convinced about the looks, but the CR-V is a good choice for those looking for a practical, well-made and comfortable SUV. Although it’s not a machine to get emotionally attached to, it will quite happily seat five occupants and there are plenty of places to keep things, especially if you have small children and the paraphernalia that comes with them.

We really like the well thought out, utilitarian practicality of the CR-V. It’s a competent, durable machine and decent, if not that interesting, to drive.

PERFORMANCE

The CR-V is powered by a four-cylinder 2.4-litre engine with 168bhp. While the American 2010 CR-V gets an upgrade in power to 180bhp, we don’t get it here in the Middle East, which is a shame. The existing engine is not all that powerful but has enough grunt to get up to speed on motorways and is nicely responsive at lower speeds. It is quite noisy, especially when worked hard.

The gearbox is a five-speed automatic that does its job nicely with smooth, clean shifts. The best compliment to give the transmission is that you don’t notice it.

HANDLING AND RIDE

The CR-V is not tuned for sportiness and thus the handling is far from sharp, but it’s not a bad drive as long as you treat it as what it is – a large family car. This might be a sports utility vehicle (SUV), but the focus is firmly on the Utility rather than the Sports. It does feature all-wheel drive for some basic driving off the tarmac, but don’t expect to be able to go dune bashing in it.

The steering wheel is nicely sized and the weighting is heavy enough to give decent feedback but light enough to happily pootle around the urban environment with minimal effort.

The ride is geared for comfort and soaks up potholes and speedbumps well, but without removing the awareness of what’s happening under the wheels. It’s not a floaty ride, there is connection to the road.

The interior is XXX

The interior is practical, but feels plasticky

COMFORT

The driving position is a high one, even on the lowest setting, but it’s comfortable and perfectly good for long journeys. We did a three-hour drive in it with no comfort issues at all. There’s plenty of room for all five occupants and the rear seats move independently of each other.

The interior of the car is quite plasticky with no soft touch areas, but the plastics feel durable and practical, in keeping with the family aim of the CR-V. Nothing feels flimsy, it’s all well screwed together.

The sound system is also a decent one, with iPod connectivity and an auxiliary input socket and all the controls are laid out in a logical manner.

PRACTICALITY

Practicality is the CR-V’s strong point. The car has been well thought out and designed with the lives of parents and families in mind. As an example, the sunglasses holder located in the roof also doubles as a wide-angle mirror to keep an eye on rear seat occupants – a great feature for those with young children prone to squabbling (available on RVSi level only).

There are storage areas galore. There are two large storage bins in the centre console and a couple of cup holders as well, two glove boxes, door pockets and two cubby holes at the base of the dash. It’s hard to better the CR-V for storage options.

The boot is capacious and the rear seats fold flat for extra luggage hauling. A useful feature is a removable shelf in the boot that allows two storeys of storage.

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There's plenty of room in the back of the CR-V, and the rear seats move independently

FEATURES

Standard equipment on the entry-level RVi model includes keyless entry, remote control door mirrors and a radio/CD player with six speakes and USB and auxiliary input sockets for external music players.

The mid-range RVSi model gets 17-inch alloys, high intensity headlights and a sunroof, as well as front fogs and cruise control. Audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel and the mirror auto dims. There’s no automatic windscreen wipers or headlights, which is a shame. A sunroof is also included. A top-spec RVSi also includes leather seats.

SAFETY

Most of the CR-V’s safety features are standard on both models – dual airbags for front seat passengers, active headrests, ABS and Vehicle Stability Assist (Honda’s name for electronic stability control) are all included, while front side airbags are an option.

The RVSi version lets buyers choose the option of adaptive front lighting (which swivels as the steering wheel turns for better visibility at night) and side curtain airbags, if they choose the optional front side airbags.

A 'conversation mirror' folds from the roof to let you keep an eye on kids in the back

A 'conversation mirror' folds from the roof to let you keep an eye on kids in the back

COSTS

The CR-V is on the pricey side when compared to the likes of the Mistubishi Pajero, Hyundai Santa Fe or even the more premium Volkswagen Tiguan. The RVi model costs from 90,000AED while the RVSi is 103,000AED or 113,000AED for the top-spec model.

Servicing costs are fairly reasonable, with the major 40,000km service costing 1,065AED and 1,075AED at 80,000km.

Fuel economy data was unavailable at the time of testing.

2010 Honda CR-V

Trim levels available*: RVi, RVSi
Engine: 2.4-litre, four-cylinder
Max power (bhp/rpm): 168/5,800
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 220/4,200
Driven wheels: All wheel drive
Weight: 1,597kg
Price (AED): 90,000 – 113,000
*Italics = model tested

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