Roughly four months of CR-V ownership has flown by, so while the honeymoon period might have slipped away, Iím still glad to see RA16 LPP on my driveway. Never more so than when setting out on an early morning dash to an event, with a white covering of glistening ice. A heated windscreen would be a bonus, but the powerful demister does a good job.
And, while Iím sure the front-wheel-drive CR-V would be a better all-rounder, especially on the running costs front with its 62.8mpg combined fuel economy figure, itís reassuring to know that when you need to nip out of a junction, thereís heaps of traction to get you going. But in all honesty, I could probably count the times Iíve really needed four-wheel-drive on one hand, and I do find the CR-Vís fuel economy somewhat underwhelming. I like to think Iím fairly adept at economy driving ñ I even once won an ëmpg challengeí staged at a car launch, donít you know. But no matter how carefully I drive the CR-V, I canít get its overall average out of the low 40s. In fairness to the CR-V, this is largely down to the fact it spends most of its time in town, with one recent trip boasting an average speed of a heady 16mph. Another issue is the CR-Vís weight, which at a little over 1,600kg with four-wheel drive, can be felt each time you accelerate. Head out on a longer A-road or motorway schlep and things do get a lot better.
In the switch, I would miss the 158bhp engine, and think itís something of a shame Honda only offers the 118bhp i-DTEC with front-wheel-drive, as I suspect the top engine and two-wheel-drive would make my ëultimateí CR-V. While weíre talking about dream specs, I think Iíd have my CR-V in white. Donít get me wrong, I think the Passion Red Pearl (a £550 option) of our long-termer is a beautiful colour, which conveniently looks rather good in photos ñ but Iíve spotted a few white CR-Vís recently, and think they look great allied with the crisp and fantastically bright High Intensity Discharge headlights.
With such a modern appearance from the outside, it can be a bit of a let-down using the CR-Vís infotainment system, which is quite fiddly and already has dated graphics. It can be confusing which vehicle operations are available via the touchscreen, and which settings require you to use the other digital display mounted at the top of the dashboard, operated by tapping buttons on the steering wheel. It can give the system an aftermarket feel, but this is a trait shared with quite a few rivals, and the CR-V certainly has plenty of ways to connect your devices. The in-built Garmin navigation system looks clear enough, and I sometimes use it for local journeys, but its traffic recognition hasnít won my trust, so for drives further afield I rely on the Waze smartphone app, which has helped me avoid many hold-ups over the past few years.
Date arrived: 25th August 2016
Mileage to date: 4,123
Fuel consumption: 55.4mpg (combined) 41.9mpg (on test)
The High Intensity Discharge headlights do a great job of illuminating the road ahead.
The headlight washers love to activate, requiring regular screenwash top-ups.