Used Honda CR-V (2012 - 2018) Comfort

Review by Tim Bowdler on
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2014
The British-built Honda CR-V is now in its fourth generation. The five-seat SUV has been in production since 1995 and has proven incredibly popular for the Japanese manufacturer.

3 out of 5


The ride is a little firm and it can get somewhat unsettled on poorly surfaced roads – this may be because we drove the car on 18-inch alloys, and the smaller 17-inch ones might offer a more cosseting ride.

Honda has reduced the noise coming into the cabin by three decibels, which means a really serene environment inside the cabin.

Seats have plenty of adjustment but they are too flat – you sit on them rather than sit in them.

5 out of 5


The car may be 5mm shorter with a 30mm lower roofline, but clever packaging means you still get plenty of headroom and front and rear legroom. This new version of the CR-V has a more car-like driving position and good all-round visibility.

Overall, the CR-V scores well in terms of practicality. Most impressive is the split rear-seat fold-down system that is extremely easy to use. With one pull of a toggle the seat-back folds down with the headrest stored away very nicely to leave a flat load area.

The amount of rear bootspace is particularly impressive: the CRV offers 589 litres of space with the rear seats up compared with the Volkswagen Tiguan (470 litres), the Toyota Rav4 (410 litres), the Volvo XC60 (495 litres) and the Mazda CX-5 (503 litres).

There’s even enough space in the Honda for four golf bags or five mountain bikes with 29-inch wheels.

With the rear seat-backs down the CR-V offers an impressive 1,648 litres of loadroom and the 60/40 split-seat arrangement gives extra flexibility.

There’s plenty of headroom and legroom, both in the front and the back and there’s a host of cubbie spaces and cup holders to store odds and ends. The automatic boot opening and closing system is a welcome addition on higher spec models.

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Behind the wheel

The Honda dashboard is functional yet not particularly inspiring, but it feels robust. The quality of the plastics has been improved, but you get better quality with a BMW X3 and a Land Rover Freelander.

The seating position is excellent, however, and visibility is good out of both the front and rear. The dashboard layout is logical but the stereo controls can be a little fiddly and they are not that user-friendly.