What is it?
This is Honda’s popular and versatile CR-V quasi-off-roader, facelifted for 2010.
But while aesthetic updates are kept to a minimum it’s under the bonnet that the most significant changes have been made. Most notable of these, and driven here, is the addition of an automatic gearbox option for diesel models.
What’s it like?
It’s a mixed bag. The 2.2-litre common rail i-DTEC diesel engine has been breathed on to liberate fractionally more torque and power, and also clean up its particulate emissions. It’s smoother and quieter too, although as much work has been done to soundproof the cabin as it has on the motor itself.
But while the engine modifications should translate into marginally more sprightly performance, the reality is disappointing as the motor feels somewhat hamstrung by the five-speed automatic ’box.
From a standstill the CR-V pulls away just about briskly enough, but at A-road speeds and above it only ever feels like there’s just enough power available, no more.
At lower speeds the upshifts are noticeable without quite being intrusive, while the kickdown can feel lethargic for higher speed overtakes.