If you have been following the blog lately you will know that we are on the look out for a large family car. We have already tried and tested the Mitsubishi Outlander. You can read our review here. Part two of this process involved putting the Grand Tourneo Connect to the test. You can read our review here.
The next on our list was the Honda CRV – now although this is only a five-seater, we think the size may suit many families so we wanted to share our views with you.
The look of this CRV is very similar to the Kia Sportage we currently have.It is very smart in black and looks sporty and stylish whilst also being practical.
Here is what Honda say about the CRV:
The CR-V has always been ahead of the curve, offering car-like driving dynamics with SUV security and practicality since its introduction in 1995. With over five million CR-Vs sold worldwide we know it’s a winning formula. So the fourth generation CR-V continues to fuse
agile, intuitive driving dynamics with incredible versatility while offering the reassurance of a 5 star EuroNCAP rating.
Today CR-V is available with our 1.6 i-DTEC Earth Dreams Technology and 2.2 i-DTEC diesel engines as well as the 2.0 i-VTEC petrol. Plus with a choice of 2 and 4 Wheel Drive versions the CR-V range is more comprehensive than ever. CR-V is built in Swindon- For more details please visit http://uk.hondanews.eu
The interior of the CRV is smart and sleek but very practical as well. The photo below shows 3 cup holders, a storage compartment and several 12 v plugs for charging numerous family items at once.
The boot space in this car got me really excited. It is much bigger than the Kia Sportage both in depth top to bottom and front to rear. The fitted mat is a must for families wanting to put pushchairs, bikes etc in the boot as this just wipes and hoovers clean.
There are some neat little nets in the boot for securing items and preventing them from rolling around the boot. These are also quite handy for popping a packet of wipes or a few nappies in to make sure you always have some in the car!
This is the back seat with two isofix bases in.There are actually three isofix points across the back seat but it is not possible to use all of these due to the width required for the seats. If you only needed to use one isofix point at a time then this would give you a range of options for how children sat in the back.
However, I needed to use two of these and due to the width of the seats I had to use the two outer points, leaving space for an older child in the middle. Access does then become a bit of a problem, fortunately my 8 year old is very slim so she could squeeze through without too much trouble but there is not a great deal of space.
A slim booster seat such as a Bubble Bum
This is the boot with a maxi cosi mura in it.This pushchair has quite a wide wheel base and comes in two parts. As you can see it slides easily into the boot of the CRV with plenty of space left for other child-related paraphernalia.
I have prepared a more detailed list of the pros and cons of the Honda CRV as a large family car below:
If you have any questions let us know!