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is the new Honda CR-V top of the range EX

What is it? One of the most luxurious Sports Utility Vehicles adorning the UK roads to date.

Who would want one? Any gadget crazed lady who loves the good things in life and is not ashamed to brag, boast or flaunt about such niceties.                     

The exhilarating thrill: is taking just 12.3 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62mph with a top speed of 113mph. Whit this may appear to be a bit sluggish, one has to remember this is a large vehicle thus heavy so the figures are impressive. As is the permanent 4WD system that effectively sorts out everything for you regardless of what is happening outside in our every changing UK weather. This makes on feel totally reassured and safe. Also impressive is the effortless electric power assisted steering that enables you to glide with equal effortlessness into the tightest of parking bays with confidence.

Wow factors to make the neighbours go green: Oh they will not be talking to you for months when they clap eyes on this one! It’s a lot bigger than the outgoing model and eludes road presence.  The long bonnet sweeps into the stunning light clusters with LED daytime running lights and fog lights. To profile are 18 inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, colour coded door handles and door mirrors that are electrically adjustable, heated and fold when parked.  To the rear is another set of lovely light clusters, a shark fin antenna and running over the whole gorgeous body of this CR-V, a full length panoramic glass roof.

On the other hand…! Is the  really overly tinted rear side windows as they are so dark , if one is at an angled junction at night times attempting to turn right, one cannot see through the glass for other traffic thus rely totally on other cars to have their headlights on. Too risky, I thought, so had to wind down the rear windows to get a proper look.

Where would the sunglasses fit? In a very cleverly designed separate ledge built into the drivers’ door.

Will it take the shopping? Oh absolutely being able to accommodate at least 12 shopping bags and showing the practical side, a hard material is used for the luggage floor and not some plush carpet that gets annihilated with guess who’s having to vacuum up later? Even better is the power tailgate that effortlessly opens the boot for you by the press of a button.

Hiding secret purchases sneakily can be done via the front door pockets, or the two cup holders under a sliding lid, in the glove box, behind the front seats or best, under the centre armrest where there is a large deep binnacle.

Helping hands may light work thanks to Active Cornering Lights that light up every bend at night times  Bi-HID Headlights with Auto levelling plus auto headlights with dusk sensors. Then there are front and rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, front plus rear electric windows plus an auto dimming rear view mirror and Smart key-less entry and start.

Creature Comforts to luxuriate in are full leather upholstery with lovely heated front seats with the driver’s seat being electrically adjustable with memory settings and have electrically operated lumber support. The passenger seat is manually adjustable but does have electrically operated lumber support. The leather steering wheel has tilt and telescopic adjustment with remote controls for the audio; there are ambient lighting in the roof, automatic climate control for both front and rear sections of the car and a fabulous HDD satellite navigation system that includes Bluetooth.

The Greatest Gadget?  Has to be the rear camera that is so needed as this is a big vehicle and larger than the outgoing CR-V. Yet it does not have those really annoying irritating beepers telling you when to stop.

The most annoying feature is sadly the lovely glass roof compete with electric blinds but does not open! Sometimes one just needs to feel the fresh air oozing into the cabin on a hot summers day.

Avoiding the costly repair shop poses no problems thanks to ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, that effectively gives the ability to brake and steer thus avoid obstacles, Hill Start Assist function that prevents embarrassing roll backs into matey boy behind by mistake and Vehicle Stability Assist that will adjust each wheel to prevent skidding. For those who two, the CR-V comes with Trailer Stability Assist to avoid the trailer or caravan from wobbling around too much. Finally there is a tyre pressure warning in case your tyres are under inflated and might blow.

Keeping your precious cargo safe:  is thanks to driver and passenger SRS airbags, side curtain airbags in the front, side curtain airbags both front and rear, in addition to active head rests, rear seatbelts with emergency locking retractor, front seat belts with a two stage emergency locking retractor and ISO fix points in the rear seats.

Avoiding it being nicked is all down to a security alarm, super locking and Smart Entry + Start so as long as one has the key near them like in the handbag, the car will open and then there is a push button to start the engine.

Star rating: 5/5. This is a faultless brilliant vehicle.

Consider: the whole CR-V range including the slightly cheaper trims levels as although they have less toys on boards, they still all have the same technologies keeping you and your precious cargo safe snow or no snow.

Web link: www.honda.co.uk

Jackie Violet
Motoring Correspondent

At a Glance
Test Model: New CR-V 5-Door EX 2.0 i-VTEC

RRP: £30,400
Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
0-62mph: 12.3 seconds
Top speed: 113 mph
Combined Fuel: 36.7 mpg
CO2 emissions: 179 g/km
Horsepower: 153 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 192 Nm @ 4300 rpm 

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