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The Top Gear car review:Honda CR-V
What is it like on the road?
As before, the most impressive thing about driving the CR-V is that nothing will irritate you about it. Trouble is, it’s also one of the most boring cars on sale – not a single character quirk, nothing to make you sit up and take notice of it. On the plus side, it’s extremely refined and very comfortable.
The old 2.2-litre diesel is gone, and has been replaced with a more powerful version of the 1.6-litre diesel at the top of the range. It’s 10bhp up on the old 2.2-litre, and with 258lb ft of torque, it’s got enough punch to make light work of motorways. Mated to the also-new nine-speed automatic gearbox, it’s our choice. There’s also a less powerful 1.6-litre diesel and an asthmatic 2.0-litre petrol.
Handling characteristics? Well, it rides, steers and handles with precision, but with no excitement. Honda says the 2015 CR-V has been given a few choice modifications to make it ride and handle better than before. Have they made much difference? Not really – the steering’s a little quicker and the ride a little better, but it’s broadly the same as before. Solid, if unremarkable.