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The Honda CR-V VTi 7 is a seven-seater SUV with some fantastic features for families. In this year's model, a lot of the safety features have been added as standard on all but the lowest spec model, which is good news for families. So let's have a look at what else we found when we put it through our BabyDrive testing…

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The Honda CR-V makes a great family car if you are looking for a five-seater with a generous boot and good legroom with the flexibility of using the third-row seats occasionally for grandparents and after school playdates.

Starting with the seats and top tether anchorages, the Honda CR-V does fit five child seats, which would be fantastic, but there's a catch! This has not been well thought through as there are top tether anchorages for all three second-row seats situated in the ceiling above the third-row passengers' heads.

2021 Honda CR-V top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

This means that the top tether straps are across the third-row passengers' faces and heads and there is no room for anyone to realistically sit back there if you have child seats in the second-row seats.

2021 Honda CR-V top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

I found there is enough space for three child seats across the second-row seats.

In the third row, two child seats fit well but there is another top tether issue.

2021 Honda CR-V with two child seats installed in the third row

The top tether anchorages for the third row are provided for you to install yourself if you need them.

2021 Honda CR-V has top tether child seat anchorages in the third row

You remove the circular discs on either side of the inside edge of the boot floor and install them in each position.

This does give you the flexibility of using the third-row for child seats but what this means is the top tether straps will go across the boot space and you will lose that space too.

2021 Honda CR-V boot space for shopping with all three rows in use

The top tether anchorages are what really prevents the Honda CR-V from being a practical, everyday seven-seat family SUV.

The second-row seats are split 60:40 and the 40% is on the kerb side, which is great so kids aren't getting in and out of the road side, however, to access the third-row you would need to leave that seat free or uninstall a child seat to climb through.

With five child seats installed, the legroom is compromised and only a relatively small 170cm driver would be able to fit with a rear-facing child seat behind them.

On the passenger side with a forward-facing child seat in the third row and a rear-facing child seat in the second row, a 180cm passenger could fit in the front passenger seat.

In the third row, kick-room under the second-row seats is limited and you have to move the second-row seats forward to give enough knee room, at which point a 170cm passenger would fit for both leg and headroom.

When you are only using five seats, legroom and boot space are fantastic! I really like the five-seater model Honda CR-V and if you are looking for legroom and boot space and only need five seats then it is definitely worth considering.

One of my favourite features of the Honda CR-V is in the boot of this seven-seater. You can raise the panel at the back of the boot floor, which makes the boot flat for carrying dogs etc but for family life, it gives a storage area underneath which we found we used for shoes, wet or dirty things or lunch boxes.

2021 Honda CR-V boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

If you are only using five seats then a large dog or twelve shopping bags fit in the boot. This is comparable to the Nissan X-Trail holding thirteen, the Mitsubishi Outlander holding fourteen and the VW Tiguan Allspace and Skoda Kodiaq both holding fifteen.

2021 Honda CR-V boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

A twin or tandem pram will also fit in there too.

2021 Honda CR-V boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with two rows of seats in use

I found you have the flexibility with the boot to lower the shelf and fit the tandem pram there and then you have lots of space behind it to fit shopping bags and other items.

2021 Honda CR-V boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with two rows of seats in use

When using all seven seats, five shopping bags will fit in the boot, which is comparable to the Nissan X-Trail and VW Tiguan Allspace that both also fit five bags. Other competitors include the Mitsubishi Outlander which fits four shopping bags and the Skoda Kodiaq that fits six shopping bags.

2021 Honda CR-V boot space for shopping with all three rows in use

Only a compact stroller would fit in the boot and I wouldn't put a little dog in there either it would be too small.

2021 Honda CR-V boot space for compact stroller pram and shopping with all three rows in use

There is great storage throughout all three rows inside the Honda CR-V, with a very large central console box, cup holders and phone tray in the front.

Ample space in the glove box and generous door bins in both rows that will hold more than one water bottle.

There are bottle holders in the third row too.

Another favourite of mine s the conversation mirror in the glasses case in the ceiling. It's great for keeping an eye on little passengers in the back.

Another favourite feature for families is the ventilation for all three rows of seats. In the ceiling above the second and third rows is a panel of air vents. If you are carrying little passengers you do have to ensure they are well-positioned before you set out so they are not blowing down on their heads but it is great to be able to keep all three rows of passengers cool.

There are vents in the back of the central console box too and you can control the rear climate from the front as well, which is really practical when driving little passengers around.

The media system in the Honda CR-V is basic and feels a little dated but it's very simple to navigate.

It has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The reversing camera image is quite clear and fills the whole screen.

The Honda CR-V is an easy car to drive with a family, the interior is neat and pleasant and it's easy to manoeuvre and park. When loaded up with five child seats the visibility out of the back is very poor but the side mirrors are excellent, we actually remarked on how good the mirrors are during our week with the car.

2021 HONDA CR-V with three child seats installed in the second row

The Honda CR-V scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2017 and has six airbags as standard. There is an excellent seat belt removal visual on the driver display screen.

 

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