Long-term test — 2017 Honda CR-V

Posted on Feb 7, 2018 by

Week 2: The is economical and practical, but it does have a couple of odd design choices in the cabin. Text and Images: Amit Benjamin

2017 Honda CR-V longterm

Another week (or so) has passed and I am still as ambivalent about our long-term 2017 Honda CR-V as I was on the day it first landed at Auto Middle East. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great family car in the sense that it does everything you demand of it without a whimper, but there are a few head-scratching points.

Let’s talk about the interior. Everything is well-built, the seats are great and the knobs and buttons exude durability. However, there are a few questionable design choices, such as the electric blue honeycomb pattern on the dash, which feels completely out of place and actually, a bit of an afterthought.

Then, there is a blind-spot monitor which displays a video feed of what’s on the right side of the vehicle on the infotainment screen every time, you guessed it, you use the indicator to turn right, which is great. However, turning left gets you no such love. In fact, the left wing mirror doesn’t even have an old-fashioned blind spot indicator LED. The lopsided effort in safety seems rather strange.

2017 Honda CR-V longterm

Fuel economy is still impressive at just over 9.0 litres per 100km, though, and the ride quality, apart from the fact that it seems to find mountains in regular-sized speed humps, is pretty good on the highway. Surprisingly, even though it has a CVT, the CR-V does not drone as much as some of its rivals with a similar gearbox, which is naturally a good thing.

Throughout the week the CR-V has been mostly good at everything it did, but it is yet to endear itself to me. Of course, I understand that it’s a family runabout designed for practicality, safety and efficiency and does not have to appeal to your inner petrolhead. Perhaps, I’m expecting a bit too much. But then, it’s a Honda, so maybe I’m not…

Date acquired: 15/1/2018
Total mileage: 6,737
Mileage this week: 500
Costs this week: None
Average fuel consumption: 9.6 litres per 100km

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