Driven: Honda CR-V 2.0 i-VTEC EX
The Honda CR-V is classier than ever, but does this top-spec petrol model justify a price of more than £30,000?
The clue to where the Honda CR-V 2.0 i-VTEC EX 4wd automatic sits in the range is in the name. As its length suggests, it’s near the top: only three models in the current 18-car line-up cost more.
For just £40 more than its £30,400 price you could buy an entry-level BMW 5-series; stumping up another £200 or so gets you the cheapest Audi Q5.
This blinged-up CR-V is, of course, lavishly equipped: leather trim, heated front seats, satnav, a panoramic glass roof, electrically-powered tailgate and electric driver’s seat adjustment as standard.
Although the equipment list is impressive, the 2.0-litre petrol engine isn’t. Its 153bhp output is reasonable enough, but there’s a measly 142lb ft of torque, which doesn’t arrive until 4300rpm.