It’s a few years since the UK experienced significant snowfall over winter.
The arrival of the snow and ice often brings high levels of anxiety for some drivers and leaves many stranded or facing very difficult journeys.
It’s fair to say that many people are not prepared to drive a rugged off road vehicle all year round, just in case our winter brings a cold snap with ice and snowfall. However an increasing number are opting to drive a vehicle which offers a good degree of security and peace of mind if the weather does take a turn for the worse.
Honda’s CR-V is one such vehicle. The best selling British built CR-V, available in both two and four wheel drive, offers car like road holding and refinement levels, and indeed the four wheel drive version runs in two wheel drive configuration for the majority of the time, which results in good levels of fuel economy. However when it detects conditions deteriorating it automatically switches to four wheel drive to enable its driver to get out of any tricky situation.
Two engine options are available. The petrol powerplant is a 2.0-litre unit. It’ll get to 60mph in a respectable 10 seconds. The 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel is good for either 120 or 160ps and has up to 350Nm of torque. The diesel returns a combined fuel economy figure of up to 64.2 mpg but don’t overlook the 2.0-litre petrol which is good for 39.2mpg.
The CR-V handles superbly. Unlike many 4x4s in this sector of the market, the CR-V doesn’t feel the least bit top heavy. The CR-V is different thanks to a taut suspension backed up by Honda’s revolutionary Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system.
As you would expect with Honda, standard equipment levels are high, with the aforementioned safety features standard across the range together with Trailer Stability Assist (an anti snaking system) for anyone that tow’s a caravan or trailer.
Since its launch in 2000 the CR-V has been at the top of the sales chart and it’s easy to see why. Legendary Honda build quality and reliability together with a practical yet stylish design has made it many friends. Running costs are extremely competitive due to the good levels of fuel economy and corresponding levels of road tax, which are some of the lowest in sector. Indeed you can take advantage of five years /62,500 miles servicing for just £555 on new models.
It’s very hard to find significant cause for complaint with the Honda CR-V. It remains a 4×4 that drives extremely well, has two brilliant power plants, neat but unfussy interior styling and a reliability record that’s second to none. Small wonder that the CR-V excels in customer satisfaction surveys. If you are looking for that extra peace of mind during the winter period, but don’t want to sacrifice comfort then you could do far worse than to consider Honda’s 4×4 offering. All models can be driven at your local Vertu Honda dealership, Vertu Honda Nottingham on Lenton Lane.