RAY MASSEY: Were you to compare Honda’s new family favourite CR-V to a music genre, it would be easy listening – but that doesn’t make it bland
Were you to compare Honda’s new family favourite CR-V to a music genre, it would be easy listening. It’s comfortable, conservative, cosseting and roomy, but that doesn’t make it bland — rather it’s an engaging drive.
It’s also the world’s top-selling SUV, of which the UK buys nearly four out of ten sold in Europe. This is the fifth generation of the CR-V or the sixth if you count a facelift in 2015.
Super SUV: Ray with the fifth generation Honda CR-V which is on sale soon
There are significant firsts. It’s ditched diesel — for ever — in favour of a 2-litre petrol-electric hybrid set to come out early next year. But at September’s launch there’s a capable 1.5-litre VTEC 193 hp four-cylinder turbo with six-speed manual or automatic continuously variable transmission.
The manual is a delight to drive and willing, but the automatic in all-wheel drive will be the big seller. Suspension has been tweaked for UK roads, and soundproofing makes it far quieter inside.
Roomy: One game-changer is the option of seven seats which are standard on other premium SUVs
One game-changer is the option of seven seats. You may rarely use them, but knowing they are there can be reassuring, and they are standard on other premium SUVs.
Range of options: Honda’s new CR-V is expected cost is from £24,000 to £37,000
Honda’s spectacular stand at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will show off the new CR-V. Expected cost is from £24,000 to £37,000.
Eye-catching: It looks sharper, and Ray likes the protruding rear lights
Styling is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but it looks sharper, and I like the protruding rear lights. The tyres are bigger and wider than ever.
Innovation: Unlike previous models, this one is not built at Honda’s Swindon factory – but in Japan
Unlike previous models, this one is not built at Honda’s Swindon factory — which is now given over to Civics — but in Japan.
Style: The CR-V is the ‘bread and butter’ vehicle for families
The CR-V is the ‘bread and butter’ vehicle for families, with more than 9 million sold since the model first went on sale in Japan in 1995, and 270,689 in the UK since 1996.
NEW JEEP WRANGLER MOSEYS INTO BRITAIN
A big, brash, loud American has just moseyed into Britain and started to ruffle feathers. It’s the new Jeep Wrangler.
A descendent of the original wartime Willys Jeep that helped the Allies liberate occupied Continental Europe and beyond, this roughty-toughty 4×4 is an adventurer on and off the road.
Tough: The Jeep Wrangler is a descendent of the original wartime Willys Jeep that helped the Allies liberate occupied Continental Europe and beyond
Expect prices from £44,000 for the Sport trim to about £55,000 for the top-range, four-door 2.2-litre Rubicon automatic diesel. A 2-litre petrol is also available. Just hope no one will be imposing tariffs any time soon, y’all.
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GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED CELEBRATES SILVER JUBILEE
Anniversary celebrations are in full swing at the Duke of Richmond’s Goodwood Festival of Speed which enjoys its silver jubilee this weekend until Sunday.
All-action: Ford is pitting an original ’68 Mustang GT (pictured), as driven in the film Bullitt by the late Steve McQueen, against a 2018 Bullitt McQueen special edition
Birthday cars from seven decades of Land Rover (with a 70-strong cavalcade), Porsche, and Lotus are on show.
Bentley, approaching its own 100th anniversary next year, announced at the festival that it is building 100 super-luxury Mulsannes as a centenary homage to founder W.O. Bentley’s final 1930 design.
Ford, meanwhile, is pitting an original ’68 Mustang GT (pictured), as driven in the film Bullitt by the late Steve McQueen, against a 2018 Bullitt McQueen special edition.
There’s also a race to see which driverless cars can conquer the infamous 1.16-mile Goodwood hill-climb. Siemens has converted a classic 1965 Mustang into an autonomous vehicle. It faces a rival Robo-race vehicle, with four 135kW electric motors that develop more than 500 hp.
For details visit: goodwood.com