Second report: The CR-V is living up to its reputation for being ruthlessly practical

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I’ve had the CR-V for a few weeks now and I’m really enjoying having it as our mobile camera unit.

It's wonderfully practical and the single-pull rear-seat folding mechanism puts many other manufacturers who charge for split folding rear seats to shame. If you’re regularly going from moving people or er, stuff, then not many in this class do it better.

2017 Honda CR-V
2017 Honda CR-V

Further still, even with the panoramic sunroof there's loads of height on offer, so much so that having suffered the pain of moving house recently I managed to squeeze a two-seater sofa in the back utilising all 1146 litres on offer. Mind you, our Skoda Kodiaq long term car, which is a pertinent rival to the CR-V, would give the Honda a run for its money in terms of boot space.

It's predictably good at the regular job of just carrying camera equipment, too. The 589 litre boot is well-shaped and has a really high tonneau cover which means you can actually layer items and get even more stuff in. Having the £105 optional rubber boot cover is brilliant too, as it minimises cargo slippages on the move as well as keeping the floor clean. I stress tested it on my latest shoot in wales crawling in and out the back and I can testify it works well and is certainly worth the money if you carry dogs or valuable equipment.

2017 Honda CR-V
2017 Honda CR-V

The tailgate is also well thought out. It's electrically assisted, but has the best override system I’ve come across, meaning when someone tries to be helpful and shut the boot ‘the old fashioned way’ they won't pop a vertebrae. Although putting the handle higher up wouldn't go amiss.

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Mileage 6249 miles                                       
Average economy 43.4mpg
Faults None
Costs incurred

£0


Our car: Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC 4WD EX
List price £33,630
Estimated PCP finance 36 months @ £359pcm with a £7,400 deposit (Also includes £3000 honda contribution + 5yrs free servicing)
Options fitted £1500 Honda SENSING Pack, £550 Pearlescent Paint
Price as tested £35,680
Warranty Three years/60,000 miles
Service intervals 12,500 miles/12 months

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