The Honda CR-V interior feels well built and comes with a fair amount of kit as standard, but it doesn’t look quite as smart as the RAV4 or Tiguan’s more modern interiors
The Honda CR-V interior isn’t quite as eye catching as a Toyota RAV4’s, nor does it come with as many high-tech features as you’ll find in a VW Tiguan but it’s well built and fairly roomy.
Sure, there are plenty of subdued black plastics on the doors and dashboard but they’re all nice and squidgy – even in the back. The switches on the centre console feel strong enough to stand up to years of abuse and the front seats are both comfy and supportive. Pick a range-topping EX model and you’ll get leather upholstery as standard alongside a slightly improved stereo with a bassy subwoofer, too.
All but entry-level S models come with a seven-inch touchscreen display while the Honda CR-V SR versions and above get satellite navigation as standard. The system’s fairly bright and easy to read and comes with some handy physical buttons to make switching between key features a breeze. Unfortunately, the menus can be confusing and the sat-nav’s low-resolution maps are far from cutting edge.
Jump in the CR-V and you’ll wonder if Honda’s interior designers are all colourblind – it’s cabin really is a sea of black and grey trims
Entry-level S models get a stereo with a CD player, DAB digital radio and Aux input for your phone but that’s about it. SE models and above come with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with loads more features, but none are particularly intuitive to use.
The screen’s easy to read but sifting through its numerous menus to change the radio station or pair your phone takes longer than it should. Thankfully, you get a range of physical shortcut buttons to the right of the screen that at least let you quickly skip from one key feature (such as the stereo) to another.
Honda CR-V SR cars and above add a Garmin-based satellite navigation system to the mix. It’s reasonably easy to input your destination using the on-screen keyboard but the maps themselves look clunky – especially when compared to the VW Tiguan’s optional digital driver’s display.
Annoyingly, you can’t get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring in the Honda CR-V. As a result, you’ll have to stick to using the standard Bluetooth connection if you want to make calls or listen to your phone’s music through the stereo.
Speaking of stereos, the standard four-speaker system in the Honda CR-V is fairly weedy – especially in such a large car. Mid-range SR and range-topping EX versions come with a much-improved eight-speaker model that’s both louder and bassier, but still not up to the standards of the optional Dynaudio stereo offered in the Tiguan.