Third report: The CR'V's infotainment system is showing the car's age

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You might be surprised to learn that this generation of CR-V is getting close to retirement now; Its ready replacement goes on sale sometime later this year. I say surprised, because to my eye it still looks contemporary. Sure, it’s hardly a Jaguar F-Pace or Porsche Macan, but it's certainly aged well.

One of the huge benefits of having a less flashy vehicle is that hardly anyone pays attention to you. If you’ve ever been in a Range Rover or the like, you can’t go 100ft without feeling eyes on you. Some may like the “look at me” status certain cars bring, but when, like me, you have a lot of expensive equipment on board, going about incognito is key.

On the other hand, what’s really starting to show its age in the era of Alexa, Bixby and Siri is the infotainment system. With two USB ports, Bluetooth, DAB and an Android based 7” touchscreen system, the on-paper credentials seem on par with newer rivals. But much like any football fan will know, having all the attributes doesn't mean it has the performance. Perhaps the giveaway is that the Android system is locked down to v4.04, which is ancient. 

It's so frustrating because with Android, you would have the opportunity to use a foray of apps, far better and newer than the stock Honda stuff locked in. Whilst the Garmin sat-nav App does work, the graphics look like something from an ELC tablet for 3 year olds. Oh, and I live in a field, apparently. If the system was unlocked, you’d be free to use the likes of Google maps, Waze, and I could find my field. Sorry - house.

2016 Honda CR-V
2016 Honda CR-V

Yes, ok, admittedly with the Bluetooth functionality you can pair your phone and use the Apps (plus stuff like Spotify) and get the directions through the speakers, but then, what are you actually paying for, a touchscreen DAB radio? Really?

The point I'm making is, Honda should focus on what they’re good at, making the car, and leave the infotainment to Google or Apple or Amazon, take your pick. Let the tech companies do the tech and we’d all be better off for it.

2017 Honda CR-V
Mileage 7285 miles                                    
Average economy 43.2mpg
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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Gallery: Honda CR-V long term