Driving Report HONDA CR-V 2.2 I-DTEC

Another SUV:  It seems like there is only one type of automobile on this new car market that can be sold really well: the class of SUVs. This time, the driving report is about a founder of the SUV class in its fourth generation.

Who invented it

It was 1997 when Honda brought the first CR-V to Germany. A “soft” off-roader in a practical vehicle size. Not too long, not too high, not too wide. A station wagon with more ground clearance. The CR-V quickly became the best-selling SUV with a gasoline engine in Germany. Today in generation number 4, Honda still offers gasoline engines for the CR-V, much better in times of rising fuel prices, but the powerful and economical I-DTEC diesel engines fit the SUV trend.

In the driving report:


The off-roader with fine talent for the road. 

The design of the rear of the new CR-V is somewhat reminiscent of the Nordic elegance of another car brand. The front, in turn, shines with a sleek design and the side line saves senseless cosmetic silliness. A clear “two-box” design turns the CR-V into a station wagon with more ground clearance. Design remains a question of taste, the CR-V answers it without experimentation. On the one hand this is a shame, because it robs the possibility of a strong identity, on the other hand it saves the possible embarrassment of an absurd design faux pas.

And I save the site!

Even when the new CR-V with all-wheel drive came to the test, I saved myself the trips into unpaved terrain. The CR-V could also waggle over nasty gravel paths if it had to, but with the choice of tires Honda has already shown where the CR-V usually hangs out. The Michelin Latitude Sport used are asphalt experts and not off-road tires.

The CR-V is looking for adventure on the road ... 

CR-V details:

i-DTEC:  Before the new CR-V was completely new Earth-Dreams engine family and will then also be available with the famous 1.6 diesel engine, the best engine choice is very clear, the 2.2 i-DTEC diesel with 150 PS and powerful 350 Nm torque. Anyone who drives a lot and would like to use the CR-V as a towing vehicle will be happy about the power of the direct-injection turbo diesel. The thirst of the engine is always limited. 

4WD: I would always buy an SUV with all-wheel drive; I would be too embarrassed if I had to stop on a slope with the wheels spinning in winter. On the other hand, even in an SUV, you rarely need all four wheels to drive. HONDA relies on a “Real Time All Wheel Drive” in the CR-V, which in principle can distribute the power to all four wheels at any time, but normally drives with front-wheel drive. Only when the front wheels turn faster than the rear wheels (spin) does a clutch close the power connection to the rear and the rear wheels receive drive power.

Safety:  Honda uses the full armada of possible systems here. In addition to the adaptive cruise control, the “CMBS” also uses the information from the front radar behind the “Honda-H” in the radiator grille. This system recognizes dangerous situations and warns the driver with optical and acoustic signals. If the accident can no longer be avoided, this system ensures, among other things, that the seat belts are tightened and initiates emergency braking. 


Most noticeable is the C-pillar of the new CR-V. This powerful chrome arch that seems to want to push in the entire C-pillar and these taillights that absorb the tension of the chrome arch and look like it is stretched. The back and the oblique view from behind have something “Volvo-like” about them. The CR-V looks extremely tense - almost sporty in its design language. The thick plastic edges around the sills, wheel arches and bumpers then speak that “mumbling dialect” with which SUVs want to tell about their off-road heroics. For free. The CR-V was born for the asphalt.

CR-V side line C-pillar

His driving behavior seeks contact with the asphalt and his talents want to inspire families. This soft SUV is at home not on the way to the other end of the world, but in everyday life. This also includes the low loading edge and the almost outrageously large trunk. Strollers are to be parked here in a double pack and drinks crates are to be bought for the entire row house settlement.

Honda CR-V back

Honda Cr-V trunk throat

SUV - With no off-road desire?

Let's be honest:  Who really drives the SUV over hill and dale? Not a pig. I agree. In the end, we use it to park in underground garages at airports and shopping centers. Take the children to the swimming pool and the woman is happy about the high seating position. The all-wheel drive calms the mind when it starts to cut outside and we want to fill the trunk with sleds and winter boots. The SUV promises peace of mind on all routes, even if we all too often find ourselves on the deadlocked paths of civilization in everyday life. The SUV is simply practical - if it weren't for the disadvantages: lack of parking space and fuel consumption.

How is the Honda CR-V doing in these disciplines?

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