Honda CR-V interior
The Honda CR-V’s standard wood trim looks something from a bygone age and, lower down, its plastics are scratchy, while its infotainment system is one of the very worst on sale today.
Inside there are questionable touches such as Honda’s fake wood trim fitted to every model, which is reminiscent of a 1990s Rover. Still, you can swap it for silver for a little extra and the rest of the dashboard is nicely designed with plenty of soft-touch plastics and leatherette.
Lower down around the doors and on the centre console things aren’t as sturdy and the plastics around the bottom of the CR-V’s doors are scratchy.
The fake wood trim in the CR-V looks cheap and makes the car feel older than it actually is. Thankfully, you can pay to change it to silver.
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It’s not even worth considering the Honda CR-V’s entry-level infotainment system on S models because it’s extremely basic. It does get DAB radio, Bluetooth and a USB slot in the front, but also comes with a tiny 5.0-inch monochrome screen controlled via rotary dials.
You’re better off going for an SE model or higher. This means you get a 7-inch touchscreen system that comes with sat-nav, DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a couple of extra USB slots in the back.
In fact, it’s worth going for SE trim for its smartphone mirroring alone, because the Honda’s native menu system is very difficult to navigate, while its graphics are low res and the on-screen buttons are hard to hit while driving. Apple and Google won’t lose any sleep over this one. Nor, for that matter, will any other car manufacturers.
All CR-Vs come with digital dials rather than analogue, but they aren’t anywhere near as visually impressive nor configurable as the best dials from Skoda, Seat, Audi and BMW.
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