Extended test: 2017 Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC

Which is the best type of family car?

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Driving is testing the three key types of family car over the coming months: an estate (Audi A4 Avant); a people carrier (Renault Grand Scenic); and an SUV (Honda CR-V, seen here). Which will prove the most useful for parents?


  • Model 2017 Honda CR-V EX 1.6 i-DTEC EX 4WD automatic
  • Tested by Nick Rufford (@ST_Driving)
  • Price (with options) £35,280 (£39,550)
  • Delivery date March, 2017
  • Mileage at start 8,500 miles
  • Options fitted Aero Pack (£1,600); 19 inch Orion alloy wheels (£2,095); Detachable tow bar (£575). Total cost of options: £4,270.

 

May 4, 2017: Hello, Honda

Extended test 2017: Honda CR-V

SUVs like the Honda CR-V are synonymous with school-run mums and dads these days. A high up driving position and imposing road presence are key but are they really the best option for parents?

This is the fourth generation Honda CR-V, and an all-new replacement is due to go on sale next year, so it’s likely that drivers should be able to drive a hard bargain when walking into any Honda showroom in the interim.

That’s not to say that the current model doesn’t look contemporary. It has a distinctive look, helped in part by an optional body styling kit that the Japanese company calls an Aero Pack.

Our extended test car uses the 1.6-litre diesel engine, and this is paired with four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Honda says this combination means it can achieve 55mpg and emit 139g/km.

Also of note: it’s got a tow bar to which you can fit a bike carrier, which will undoubtedly see some use.

Got a question about the Honda CR-V? Look out for updates on this page as we get to grips with the car over the coming months, and ask us questions via the @ST_Driving Twitter account.