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Honda CR-V SUV - Practicality & boot space

The Honda CR-V now offers the choice of five or seven seats and the boot is still huge

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The CR-V has always been among the most practical cars in the medium-sized SUV class, and while there's little change here, the boot has actually shrunk slightly in the latest version. Still, the CR-V is unquestionably a spacious five or seven-seater with more room than most are ever likely to need.

Honda CR-V interior space & storage

Your passengers shouldn't complain about the amount of interior space, with plenty of leg and headroom in both the front and rear. Honda has also made the central transmission tunnel that runs down the car as discreet as possible, making foot space better, especially for the middle seat in the back.

In a departure for the CR-V range, customers can choose either five or seven seats in the latest version, making the Honda more competitive with cars like the Nissan X-Trail, Skoda Kodiaq and Land Rover Discovery Sport. Most of the CR-Vs sold are likely to be five-seaters, however; the third-row seats of the seven-seater are only really spacious enough for small children. It’s worth noting that the option of a seven-seat layout is only offered on the mid-range SE and SR trim levels.

Boot space

It has shrunk from 589 to 561 litres, but the CR-V's boot is still one of the biggest in its class, with the Peugeot 3008 offering just 520 litres of space. Fold down the rear seats and the CR-V luggage area is even more impressive, expanding to a huge 1,756 litres. An adjustable boot floor also makes it possible to create a flat load area for easy unloading and loading of bulky items. The back seats are also cleverly designed with a single-action folding mechanism, so they stow away without too much pulling on heavy straps and levers.


The Honda CR-V can tow a braked trailer weighing from 1,500 to 2,000kg depending on the exact version chosen. This should be plenty to tow a medium-sized or even large caravan.

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