Honda CR-V’s new diesel power

With a sharp styling upgrade, upgraded interior, better specification, suspension upgrades, new engines and a new 9-speed auto transmission it would seem unfair to call this a mid cycle facelift. Honda have really re engineered the car in many key areas making a good car even better.

With a sharp styling upgrade, upgraded interior, better specification, suspension upgrades, new engines and a new 9-speed auto transmission it would seem unfair to call this a mid cycle facelift. Honda have really re engineered the car in many key areas making a good car even better.

A recent test drive at the Irish press launch in Kildare highlighted the changes.

I came away very impressed. You really can feel the difference the engineering changes have made.

The new Honda CR-V is a good looking well proportioned SUV. I like the sleek profile and balanced proportions. Highlights include new front and rear light clusters, LED tail lights, and new alloys.

The new CR-V really does feel top quality with high-grade materials and cloth trim in evidence throughout the car.

New for 2015 is Active City Brake, Bluetooth HFT, Honda Connect from ES grade, Garmin Navigation standard from ES Sport, and a new Dynamic Safety Pack added to the EX grade.

Standard specification in all models is excellent with ABS, EBD, VSA, Hill Start Assist, TSA (Trailer Stability Assist) ISOFIX, 5x 3-point belts, front and side airbags as well as curtain airbags with an intelligent roll over sensor system.

Naturally you get dual zone automatic climate control, electric windows, locking and so on.

There is bags of room inside for up to five adults and a great big load area too.

Powered by Honda’s award winning 1.6 litre iDTEC diesel engine performance is very good.

This engine has received great acclaim since it was introduced in the Civic recently and now is even better with more power, lower C02 and better economy!

Now producing some 160 PS and 350Nm of torque it really is a wonderful engine proving very quiet and refined. I was pleasantly surprised too with the peppy

performance. This 1.6 has no problem hauling around the new CRV.

This fine engine can be mated to an equally impressive optional 9-speed automatic gearbox and the combination makes the latest CR-V a rewarding vehicle to drive.

Road tax is lower now too at €280.00.

I like the way the new CR-V rides and handles.

The new model benefits from some tweaks and a wider track. The suspension set-up seems to soak-up all road

imperfections with ease making the new CR-V a very comfortable car in which to travel. It proves quiet and refined with very low levels of road, wind or engine noise.

Prices start at €31,995 for the entry level SE model which is the same as before despite the new models better specification, style and improved engines.

The ES costs €34,495.

The new CRV also comes with a full 3 year or 100,000 km warranty.

Honda then have evolved and improved the CR-V into a very desireable SUV.

I like it when it was first launched but this new car really ups its game.Its stylish, refined and very well kitted out. The new safety technologies, such as Active City Brake are true advances while the standard of ride and overall comfort has gained appreciably.

It is now one of the nicest SUV’s on the market.