Honda CR-V SUV - Interior & comfort
Interior upgrades give the Honda CR-V more character and the infotainment system is improved
Past generations of the CR-V had a reputation for being well built and sturdy inside, but somewhat lacking in style. Honda has clearly put this right in the interior of the new CR-V; better-quality materials feature throughout, with top-spec EX cars getting a flocked leather dashboard and tasteful wooden trim.
Only the plastics on the glovebox and door bins feel slightly lower-rent. Further changes for the hybrid-only version also added some spark to the interior. The CR-V’s driving position is great, with a wide range of adjustment in the seat and the steering wheel.
Honda CR-V dashboard
While the infotainment screen in the old CR-V looked like an aftermarket device, the seven-inch display in the current car is more neatly integrated and comes standard on all but entry-level cars. It takes pride of place in an attractive gloss-black housing that sits proud of the rest of the dashboard, and there's a touch-sensitive side bar for added convenience – however, it’s not the easiest system to use and even switching radio stations can feel like a chore. It's a bit easier to use than the version found in the latest Honda Civic, thanks to the addition of a rotary dial for volume, while climate control is easily operated. Silver interior trim highlights and a blue halo for the 'H' Honda badges were ushered in when the CR-V went hybrid-only, helping lift the interior ambiance.
Another gripe is the Honda’s sat nav – a dated Garmin system that can’t match the clear and easy-to-use system in rivals like the Volkswagen Tiguan. Thankfully, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on SE and above, so you don’t have to rely on Honda’s in-built navigation system.
There are five quite a few trim levels to choose from, starting with entry-level S and moving up through SE, SR and finally EX. Meanwhile, Sport Line introduces a more assertive look to the CR-V range. All models get parking sensors, a rear-view camera and the Honda Sensing suite of safety kit, which includes collision-mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assistance, lane-departure warning, road-departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and traffic-sign recognition. All models get part-digital dials, too.
The SR has smart entry and start, a leather interior, front heated seats, active cornering lights, blind-spot monitoring and cross traffic monitoring, while the range-topping EX gets a heated steering wheel, head-up display, hands-free powered tailgate, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof and wireless smartphone charging.