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Honda CR-V 2.2 4WD Lifestyle put to the test

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Honda CR-V 2.2 4WD Lifestyle put to the test
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D he trick of the Honda CR-V with the back seat mechanism is so good that you want to demonstrate it a few times in a row: At the command of an inconspicuous little lever in the trunk, a spring first pulls the seat upwards, then the headrests are put on before finally the The backrest obeys another spring and swivels downwards. What remains is the largest luggage compartment in its class (1,669 liters), a level loading floor and the knowledge that 16 years of SUV experience cannot hurt.

While other manufacturers proudly build the first editions of their compact Kraxler, the Honda CR-V is already in its fourth generation and should be able to do everything a little better than before. In fact, not only has the luggage compartment increased, passengers are also airy and look forward to comfortable armchairs, which are more noticeable with their cozy upholstery than lateral support. Despite the high seating position, the solid interior arouses car feelings, to which the short gear lever contributes as well as the problem-free clarity.

Diesel in the Honda CR-V looks toothless

The overview is in the operation Honda CR-V, however, quickly lost in the face of many steering wheel buttons and a rotary control, which is responsible for both the radio volume and scrolling in menus. In addition, the hands-free unit could not be permanently connected to the test cell phone Samsung Galaxy SIII.

The connection to the road works all the better. The suspension absorbs even uneven road surfaces with ease and prevents annoying wedging at short motorway transverse joints. In combination with the cultivated 150 hp diesel in the Honda CR-V and the effective noise insulation, longer distances can be covered in a relaxed manner. Despite its generous 2.2 liter displacement, the common rail on the CR-V, which weighs a good 1.7 tonnes, is difficult to tow and looks less toothless than its paper values ​​suggest. After all, the test consumption is within the range of 7.8 L /100 kilometers. With a little restraint, values ​​of around six liters can easily be achieved.

Imperceptibly from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive

Understand at all the England-built Honda CR-V is a comfortable alternative to the German slalom professionals à la BMW X3 and Co. Therefore, most drivers will probably forgive him for not turning so smoothly, leaning more to the side in tight bendsand pushes over the front axle earlier than the most agile specimens of their kind, whose talents are often bought at the expense of comfort. Especially since the comfortable coordination does not result in any nasty driving dynamics. In an emergency, the alert ESP brings the all-wheel drive back on track in good time, while powerful and stable brakes ensure additional safety.

Apropos all-wheel drive. It switches on almost imperceptibly via an electric clutch as soon as the front axle reports loss of traction. Since most SUVs never turn off-road anyway, the Honda CR-V spares its drivers with appropriate adventure switches and off-road programs. 16 years of experience ensure a realistic view of the world.

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