OSV Investigates: The 4 Point 2015 Honda CR-V Review
2015 Honda CR-V: As one of the most popular SUV’s in the UK market we decided it was time for us to test out the 2015 Honda CR-V!
2015 Honda CR-V review – The Lowdown.
There’s a range of different people who are likely to be drawn to the fourth generation 2015 Honda CR-V. For anyone attracted to the idea of a 5-seat family car with the added bonuses of an elevated driving position and excellent handling, the Honda CRV is likely to appeal. Equally, if it’s time to start looking around for new car lease deals and you assume you’re going to be priced out of the 4×4 market, the 2015 Honda CR-V could give you a pleasant surprise.
For anyone already familiar with the CR-V, rest assured that the additions introduced with the fourth generation are positive. If fuel economy is an absolute must when it comes to car leasing deals, you may be pleased to hear there’s now a super-efficient two wheel drive 1.6-litre diesel version available. If it’s a more spirited drive you’re looking for, it may be worth heading straight for the 2.2-litre diesel.
Honda CR-V review – The Look and Feel.
It might not turn heads in the same way as 4x4s from the Audi or Land Rover stables, but that’s not to say that the 2015 Honda CR-V isn’t smart. There’s a nice mix of angular and more rounded shapes on the exterior – with a kinked upwards rear side window and swept back headlamp pods to give a more bullish look than its predecessors. A three-bar grille and deep-set headlights dominate the front. LED is rapidly becoming the lighting option of choice across the board – so it’s no surprise that the new CR-V features them at the rear. Honda has made sure there’s a forgiving approach angle at the nose in case you ever want to actually take your 2015 Honda CR-V off road.
Fortunately, the insides aren’t overly ‘plasticy’ thanks to a slight tweaking on the dashboard designs of the earlier models. The height and length of the car have been reduced ever-so-slightly – but without any compromise when it comes to interior space. In fact, there’s a slight increase in boot capacity when the rear seats are folded down – to the tune of 148 litres (you now get 1648 litres). The boot itself offers 589 litres – which translates into a couple of mountain bikes or four sets of golf clubs. Honda hasn’t introduced a seven seater version of the CR-V – but you should find there’s plenty of room for five adults.
2015 Honda CR-V review – Performance and Drive
If fuel economy is at the top of your list of priorities and you’re in the market for car lease deals on SUVs, the 120PS 1.6 i-DTEC entry-level CR-V is going to look very attractive. It manages an extremely impressive 62.8 mpg on the combined cycle with 119g/km of CO2. The downside though is that it’s only two-wheel drive – which for a lot of SUV fans rather defeats the object of owning one.
The 2.0-litre 155PS i-VTEC petrol engine gives you a little more power to play with. If you opt for the 4wd, you’re looking at 38 mpg whereas the 2wd model gives just over 39 mpg on the combined cycle.
Whichever model you choose, handling is generally impressive; thanks in no small part to responsive power steering that works in tandem with the car’s stability control system to counter skids safely.
Honda CR-V review – Options
Whichever trim level you choose, the 2015 Honda CRV comes complete with alloys, cruise control, hill start assist, steering wheel controls for the stereo, one-touch folding rear seats and climate control. The four spec levels available are S, SE, SR and EX. The top of the range level offers you slightly larger alloys in addition to a parking camera, panoramic sunroof, sat-nav, a DAB digital radio, xenon lights and leather trim. It comes with a price tag to match though: the EX starting price is close to £30,000 – whereas pricing at the bottom end (if you’re looking at outright purchase rather than car lease deals) is more in the region of £23,000.
2015 Honda CR-V review – The Final Word…
Not a lot needed changing with the CR-V. The minor adjustments (such as engine tweaking and improvements to the interior) only serve to make CR-V ownership an even more attractive prospect. As an affordable SUV, the Honda CR-V certainly hits the spot.
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