I should probably start this monthís report with a confession. I was looking at the CR-Vís key fob the other day, when I noticed the inscription ëDriver 2í, and the penny finally dropped. After months of wondering why the memory driverís seat is never where I left it ñ and mentioning that I couldnít really get on with it a few reports back ñ Iíve realised why. All this time Iíve been trying to set the chair for the master key, which I imagine is called ëDriver 1í, when the key Honda sent with the CR-V is the spare. So, with my seating position dutifully programmed to memory position number two, and the spare in my pocket, itís always in the right place when I open the car. Any yes, all this could probably have been avoided if I had read the manual.
But, it also got me thinking about all the other features dotted around the CR-Vís cabin, which are purely there for convenience. There are lots of them, and while each may have a small reason for existing, cumulatively they add up to a more relaxed and generally more satisfying ownership experience. Skoda calls these features ëSimply Cleverí, and while I know that Honda doesnít name theirs, the CR-Vís best trick is probably its folding rear seats. To be honest, their mechanism was probably anything but simple for the people who designed them, but for us it means a tug of the handles at either side of the boot sees the rear seats perform a perfectly synchronised dance, before folding flat into the floor. First the squab pops up, then the rear headrest flips down, before the seatback itself drops almost completely flat.
Another favourite of mine is the fuel filler with no screw cap. Iíll admit I find it frustrating that Honda still fits a button in the driverís footwell to open the fuel filler door, because I always remember at precisely the point Iíve got out and walked around to fill up and have to circle back. But, once open, thereís no grimy cap to lose, and less chance of your hands smelling like diesel fuel when you get to your destination.
Of course, there are the usual coat hooks dotted all over the cabin, large bottle holders in the door bins and a sizeable cubby hole under the middle armrest, which all make modern SUVs so practical. But, the top ësurprise and delightí feature here ñ for me at least ñ are the cut outs for your cables. You see, this cubby holds the various ports to connect your phone or other devices, so you can have them on charge and the lid won’t foul on your wire or refuse to close. It might be a small thing, but itís amazing how many manufacturers miss the little details like this. These details might not be the ones you notice on a short test drive, or remember afterwards, but as a family car first and foremost, they certainly improve the ownership experience and no doubt Iíll keep noticing extra clever features over the next few months.
Date arrived: 25th August 2016
Fuel economy: 55.4mpg (combined) 41.5mpg (on test)
The lack of a screw cap makes fuel stops quicker and less smelly…
…but, I always forget to pull the lever in the cabin to open the fuel filler door before I get out of the car.