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Test driving the Honda CR-V

Holidays with Kids hit the streets to test drive the Honda CR-V.

With four snowboards and all the extra gear that a family holiday brings, we were impressed with the ‘magic seats’, which at the push of a button fall completely flat enabling us to stack the snowboards through the backseat. The ample boot room easily fitted the rest.

The retractable boot cover clipped into a floor groove, which was particularly nifty considering our luggage stack was as high as Mt Kosciuszko.

all-new Honda CR-V

Jumping into the driver's seat, it’s spacious and comfortable. The instrument panel is easy to read, with the temperature reading popping up to my family’s delight, particularly as we hit the minus degrees the further we drove south.

Although space in the backseat is moderate, the ample leg room makes up for it. The kids enjoyed the extra height of the car to gaze out the window at the beautiful Australian countryside we were passing through before falling asleep on each other until we arrived at our overnight accommodation in Albury-Wodonga.

All-new Honda CR-V

The next morning we hit the road at 7am. It was a chilly minus-one degree, but the air conditioning swiftly kicked in to melt the frost off the windscreen, and most importantly warm some tiny toes!

Feeling comfortable and toasty, we enjoyed spotting wallaroos, horses, an emu and the historical town of Yackandandah. All the buildings are from the 19th century and the kids were so excited when I told them we are driving through an ‘ancient’ gold town… well, ancient by their standards anyway.

all-new Honda CR-V

Thirty minutes later we arrived in Myrtleford for groceries and to pick up our snow chains, compulsory for all vehicles entering the national park, from Ray’s Ski Shop. Even with the addition of the chains and groceries in the boot we didn’t feel cramped as we climbed onward to Mt Hotham.

The ascent to Mt Hotham is 30 kilometres along the Great Alpine Road, wrapping around the side of the mountain range. We enjoyed great views and came across some suspicious-looking black patches on the road and a lot of moisture, but the CR-V was smooth, handled well and made little to no noise. It wasn’t until 10 minutes in that I realised I was holding my breath and I calmly let it out, feeling completely safe in the car with its enhanced handling capabilities, including the all-wheel-drive system.

We completed our drive into the Australia’s highest alpine resort and cheer at the completion of a great drive.

The Honda CR-V is on sale now and all models come standard with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and Apple CarPlay to keep the kids entertained and parents relaxed on family road trips, if that is ever truly achievable!


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