I drive past a school on the way to my daughter's childcare that always has three identical white Honda CR-Vs parked outside and they make me curious to see if they are a good BabyDrive! Follow me and lets find out!!…
We tested the five seater VTi-S, AWD model, there is only one 7seater model available but it does not have AWD.
The Honda CR-V is a mid-size SUV that I think is definitely worth a look at! I discovered in the week I had it, that it ticks a lot of BabyDrive boxes that you rarely find all in one car.
The boot space is excellent and tops most mid-sized SUVs, fitting 13 shopping bags in when empty! Also, I fitted all three strollers along with more bags than most mid-size SUV's I've tested!
The CR-V swallowed the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle and 7 shopping bags, the double stroller and six shopping bags and the Steelcraft Holiday2 umbrella stroller and 10 shopping bags!
The rear seats had ISO Fix in both the outer seats, they were behind the seat fabric but easy to connect to.
There were top tether points for all three rear seats situated in the ceiling above the boot door. I thought it was a strange place for them as the straps will all be in front of the rear window, greatly affecting the driver's visibility. The central seatbelt is also in the ceiling adding to this problem.
There is a 7 seater option of Honda CR-V and if the top tether straps fasten in the same place then they will all be in the rear passengers' faces. Definitely, something to check if you are looking at the 7 seater option.
I could easily fit three child seats, a rear-facing Mountain Buggy infant capsule and a forward facing Infasecure Kompressor 4 in the outer seats plus a forward facing Infasecure foldaway booster seat in the central seat.
I did find the buckle for the central seat seatbelt was far underneath the booster seat base, which would be really hard to do up with the child in the booster seat. It would be better to have a booster seat that is fixed in place using the seatbelt and then has its own buckle built in, to overcome this problem.
There is so much legroom in this car! I think any size driver or passenger could sit in front of the rear facing child seat without any problems!
The media screen is very clear, high resolution and easy to use. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The reversing camera is fantastic and clear with a lovely high-quality image. There is even a left side camera that comes on automatically when you indicate left or you can turn on by pressing a button on the end of the indicator stalk.
The inbuilt sat-nav is easy to use and can be muted easily.
There are air vents in the front and in the back, the controls are easy to use but the fans are a little loud!
Storage in the cabin is good for both front and rear passengers, with an interesting central console box design that has a sliding L-shaped shelf that doubles as the lid for the cup holders and phone shelf?! I didn't mind it, it felt a bit over complicated just for the sake of it and I'm not sure it really added much to the interior.
This is where I feel the CR-V lets itself down. With its interior quality and styling. The front seats are not comfortable and the handles for adjusting the seats are flimsy and feel like they will not last through your firstborn's childhood! It's the same with the exterior and interior door handles. A lot of the surfaces feel cheap and flimsy too and it doesn't instil confidence that any of it is going to last well.
I would have preferred the money spent on the CR-V's crazy console design had gone into higher quality and finish in the cabin instead!
Apart from that, I couldn't find much to complain about and it definitely ticks a lot of BabyDrive boxes and exceeded expectations in terms of interior space, child seat capacity and boot capacity.
The Honda CR-V scored a 5 star ANCAP safety rating in 2017.