Getting into the new CR-V is a breeze due to doors that open really wide. And once seated, you’re instantly greeted by the thoroughly modern layout and overall premium feel of the interiors. In fact Honda has tried everything in the book at one go. This is evident from the use of beige and black interiors along with a combination of silver inserts, matt black and piano black trim, matt-finish wood inserts and soft touch points throughout the upper portion of the cabin.
Going forth, although the all-digital instrumentation panel may definitely look snazzy at night, it failed to impress us while driving in sunlight. Furthermore, Honda has done a good job of placing the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment screen higher-up on the dash, which certainly eases its use on-the-go. But, we were left wanting more when it came to screen resolution, graphics and frame rates.
Surely enough, the unique centre console that’s designed to keep the transmission and electronic parking brake buttons closer to the driver is a smart move. But we felt that the matt black trim around it, the instrumentation, air-con vents, cup-holders and the door handle didn’t really mirror the same premium feel as the rest of the cabin.
Now, the absence of a parking brake lever has liberated a considerable amount of space in the lower centre console. Which means, there’s ample space for all your accessories and cups. The large centre armrest also incorporates a tray that can be repositioned in three configurations as per the occupant’s requirement.
Driving the CR-V is less of a chore thanks to the great visibility out of the glass area, the extravagant view from the large door mirrors, and most importantly, the blind-spot view that’s relayed to the touchscreen when you actuate the left indicator. A neat trick indeed. When it comes to the well bolstered front seats, they offer good support (with lumbar adjust) and lots of legroom and headroom. Our only grouse was the absence of appropriate thigh support.
As for the middle row (slides back and forth), there’s plenty of legroom and the bench itself offers immense support. However, as the seat is placed lower than we would have liked it, one ends up sitting with their knees higher than usual, and this affects thigh support. Also, tall passengers may find the headroom somewhat restrictive. All said and done, the third row is more comfortable for kids as the dimensions and seating posture doesn’t exactly suit an adult.
It needs to be mentioned that the middle row gets floor mounted air-con vents, plus two sets of roof vents that also cater to the last row. With all rows up, the boot space is just 150 litres or some bags at most. But with the flat folding seat feature and the last row folded, the boot space swells to 472 litres. Plus, there’s all of 936 litres of luggage space when both rows are folded. On a lighter note, we appreciated the low boot lip which makes loading luggage easy.
On the features front, the CR-V gets a two zone air-conditioner, roof air-vents for seven seater, a seven-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a fully digital instrumentation cluster. There’s also paddle shifts (diesel), a push button start/stop, driver’s seat with electric functions including lumbar adjust and a panorama sunroof. In terms of safety, the new CR-V gets ABS with EBD and brake assist, front and side curtain airbags, ESC, agile handling assist (torque vectoring), left blind spot camera view, motion-adaptive power steering, driver attention monitor, electronic parking brake, automatic brake hold and hill assist.