Wintry weather has arrived, with the first frosts resulting in dawn raids on the garage to find last yearís bottle of de-icer and a trusty scraper. The CR-V should be a good companion this winter, itís fitted with all-wheel drive after all. Iím sure it will be able to get going then, but I still plan on taking things steady whenever the temperature drops below seven degrees, particularly when thereís that glistening film of road grime which is always so treacherous after a cold night.
When the white stuff arrives, I always remember the ëBig Freezeí in 2010, when no end of four-wheel-drive SUVs and performance saloons littered the roads around my area, only to be unceremoniously trailered away with front-end damage. It was stark evidence that decent traction might get you going, but if you donít have the right tyres fitted, you wonít always be able to stop or go around a corner. If anything, the fact you can accrue speed means you have to be even more careful.
The tyres on the CR-V certainly arenít winter tyres, and if anything they are a good indicator of Hondaís intention for its ìCompact Recreational Vehicleî, being Michelin Latitude Sports, similar to the items fitted to the Porsche Macan. If you are one of the few CR-V owners planning on taking your vehicle off-road regularly, or if you live in a hilly, rural area, fitting a set of mud and snow all-season tyres would undoubtedly improve your chances of getting through in poorer conditions. So far, my off-road experience in the CR-V is fairly limited, with its most daring foray being to the bottom of a grassy field to pick up a few pumpkins for Halloween.
Our CR-V shares its 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine with the Civic, a car that I have previously spent quite a bit of time with. In 118bhp guise, paired to the Tourer body shell, it achieved 100.31mpg on a road trip of 8,387 miles, securing a Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption in Europe. Itís a great feat of engineering, is smooth and delivers punchy performance. The same engine in the CR-V can feel a little sluggish, however, thereís no such issue with the 158bhp unit under the bonnet of our car. And while many car makers will extract different levels of power thanks to a simple remap, Hondaís approach is more wide reaching. The two-stage turbocharged system is fed by two exhaust gas inlets, with one opening for a high-pressure turbo at low engine revs, while a low-pressure turbo runs simultaneously through the mid-range and then the second inlet opens and the second turbo takes over at higher engine speeds. Itís an impressive double act, particularly as the high-pressure turbo is controlled by a variable geometry turbine for improved efficiency and response, with less lag.
Date arrived: 25th August 2016
Mileage to date: 4,049
Fuel consumption: 55.4mpg (combined) 41.9mpg (on test)
The all-wheel drive system means it can tackle fields and poor weather with ease.
I’ve not had much luck setting the memory seats, which seem rather forgetful.