Motoring journalist Gareth Butterfield convinces Honda to let him borrow one of their stunning museum pieces for seven days, here's how he got on. DAY ONE The car I'm testing this week is something of a personal indulgence. The nice man at Honda asked me if I'd like to try one of the cars in his heritage fleet. And I pretty much bit his hand off. Honda, as with many manufacturers, keeps a collection of some of its favourite cars locked away out of sight, cosseted as if they were its delicate children. Every once in a while they let these cherished, immaculate examples out for people to play with and reminisce about the good old days. The list of cars Honda sent me to choose from read like a Greatest Hits album, but I decided to settle a score and borrow a car I'd always wanted to drive, but had never been given a chance to - the Honda Integra Type R. I know it's a bit of a cliché, but this car is something of an automotive legend. Its boldest claim is that many motoring … [Read more...] about Review: the Honda Integra Type-R
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The original HR-V was labelled the Joy Machine by Honda’s marketing bods back in the early 2000s. It was meant to appeal to young buyers with its “unique” styling and and blend the practical benefits of an SUV with a compact form. It was ahead of its time in many ways but was abandoned in 2006 amid mediocre sales. Wind on to 2015 and the world was ready for compact crossovers and the HR-V was reborn as a more conventional-looking entrant into the market. Honda HR-V Sport Price: £27,595 Jump ahead four more years and the HR-V has had some mild titivation with a new grille, bumper, wheels and lights but has also had a more major change in the oily bits with the addition of a 180bhp turbo engine to this Sport model. The HR-V falls into that subset of crossovers that are bigger than the Juke, Ecosport and Captur but smaller than the Qashqai, Kuga and Kadjar. It’s up against the likes of the Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR. In this Sport guise, it also needs to … [Read more...] about Honda HR-V Sport review
Over its long history, Honda's CR-V has quietly become the world's best-selling SUV and this latest version doesn't look all that different to its predecessor, but it's still a big improvement. And it's perfect timing for a car like this to maintain its crown at the top of the SUV tree, as the nation seems to want nothing other than a jacked-up mud-plugger as their family workhorse. As diverse as its talents are, most CRVs will inevitably end up on the school run, the office commute or possibly, in rare cases, crossing grassy fields at a point-to-point or towing a caravan to Norfolk. So what's new? Well, to start off it has a stiffer chassis, so it handles a bit better than the predecessor and, although the newcomer is the same length as the car it replaces, the wheelbase is stretched so there's 50mm more legroom in the back. There's also a range of technology improvements to make it more clever and more user-friendly and safety has been turned up a few notches. But the big news is the … [Read more...] about Review: Why is the Honda CR-V one of the world’s best-selling SUV’s?
Back to the future: Honda's world-beating CR-V gets a new generation makeover BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Honda's CR-V - globally, the biggest-selling SUV - is now on sale in all-new fifth generation guise. Here's the lowdown. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/back-to-the-future-hondas-worldbeating-crv-gets-a-new-generation-makeover-37975590.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/article37975587.ece/df1c3/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-04-03_lif_49209432_I4.JPG Email Honda's CR-V - globally, the biggest-selling SUV - is now on sale in all-new fifth generation guise. Here's the lowdown. What's new?The Honda CR-V is the biggest-selling mid-size SUV on the planet, shifting up to 3.75 million models since 1995. It's now upon us in fifth generation guise, and is more than just an update, this is an all-new model, featuring petrol-electric hybrid versions, a seven-seat option, and improved interior quality, refinement and spaciousness. There's also a new chassis aimed at delivering a more … [Read more...] about Back to the future: Honda’s world-beating CR-V gets a new generation makeover
3 Why does the Honda HR-V Sport exist? It’s a question you might well ask. After all, Honda’s standard HR-V hasn’t exactly lit up the sales charts here in Europe, and its combination of worthy stodge, SUV dimensions and fussy styling hardly have you thinking "this car really needs a 180bhp petrol-powered sporting version!" Yet that’s exactly what we have here, introduced alongside a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it facelift that involves cosmetic tinkering but little else. The HR-V Sport slots into Honda’s line-up alongside Sport-badged versions of the Jazz and Civic, the latter of which is intended to provide a less extreme alternative to the full-blown Type R. The HR-V is intended to be more of the same, pilfering the Civic’s 1.5-litre turbo engine and teaming it with trick suspension that, Honda says, enables the HR-V to offer a smooth ride while also cornering like it’s on rails. Hmm. On the outside, the Sport’s add-ons are … [Read more...] about Honda HR-V sport: the answer to a question nobody asked