The Honda CR-V is not built for off-road work, but as a solid road-going 4×4 it is one of the best around.
It was built as a result of demand for an SUV from Honda and was loosely derived from the company’s five door Civic hatchback, so it is little surprise the CR-V has limited off-road talents, as you will discover if you take it game shooting.
A new addition with this car’s facelift last year was the addition of a five-speed auto gearbox, which works well with the strong 2.2 litre diesel engine.
It is an excellent all-round vehicle, extremely comfortable on long motorway trips or around town. It’s roomy, safe and well built and you do get lots of accessories and kit to play with.
For a so-called ‘urban SUV’, it is one of the best – just don’t show it any serious mud on when you go game shooting.
The updated interior is well built, and the various controls are easy to understand and use.
Shooting Gazette likes
Practicality: The rear seats can slide and tilt to make additional space. The double shelf arrangement in the back is excellent and can be easily removed.
Spacious: There is good head and legroom, and it’s easy to get in and out of.
Clever 4×4 system: Four-wheel drive is automatically engaged only when the system detects a wheel slipping, maximising fuel economy and refinement while providing extra grip when it is needed.
Driving position: The good, high driving position is enhanced by a high-mounted gearlever.
Value for money: Good equipment levels as standard means the CR-V offers strong value compared to its rivals.
Quality: Build quality is excellent and the interior is well furnished. The controls on the steering wheel are easy to use.
The CR-V has an excellent boot with a clever shelving system ideal for stowing everything you could possibly need for a day’s game shooting.
Shooting Gazette dislikes
Off-road ability: Clever though the 4×4 system is, it does not make the car suitable for anything else other than light mud or snow. Its turning circle is also very large.
Phone: The in-car communication system struggled to match itself with my phone.
Limited seating: The CR-V will comfortably seat five, but a third row of seats is not available, limiting its potential as a family vehicle.