Passengers in the front get supportive, comfortable seats, and the upright driving position means all-round visibility is good, but those in the back will find things more snug. Legroom is far more than what you get in cheaper crossovers like the Nissan Juke
, but the sloped roof means headroom is quite tight – especially on cars fitted with the optional glass sunroof.
The rest of the interior shows that Honda has learned lessons from the Civic
, with fewer screens to distract you, plenty of chrome and gloss black trim, and (on SE models and above) a touch-sensitive, button-free panel for the dual-zone climate control. There’s loads of neat storage cubbies dotted about, too – but some of the dash materials are hard and scratchy.
Another disappointment is the new Honda Connect infotainment system. Along with a 7.0-inch touch-screen display it promises ‘smartphone-style’ interaction, with pinch, swipe and press actions, and seamless integration of Bluetooth, apps and internet browsing.
In reality, though, at best it’s slow and unwieldy, with small icons and confusing menus; but at worst it can be downright infuriating. The systems on most rivals, such as the Renault Kadjar
, Nissan Qashqai
and Mazda CX-3
are all easier to use on the move, and quicker to respond.