It’s usually around this time when I begin to tire of a long-termer — especially if it’s a family-hauler — but I must say, even after wheeling the CR-V for a month, I still look forward to getting back into it. However, a little context is in order...

I live in a rather modestly sized apartment and it isn’t the most relaxing or peaceful of environments (I hope my noisy neighbour is reading this...) and so unsurprisingly I have found some solace and comfort in the roomy and refined Honda. Every morning, I literally run to the fifth-generation crossover because I now know that following my regular restless nights it will provide me with some much needed peace and quiet on my way to work thanks to its soundproofed cabin. It does a commendable job in keeping road noise and tyre roar at bay. In fact, I have even had fleeting thoughts of catching a few winks in it and to be honest, it’d be possible; if you drop the aptly named One Motion 60/40 split folding rear seats (pull the little lever on the top of the seatbacks and yep, they fold over in one smooth motion!) they close flat and leave you with a very generous 2,152 litres of room (the floor can be recessed too leaving a lowered bin that helps avoid your groceries slipping around). That is more than enough space to store a mattress and some pillows back there; I think I ought to take getting some shut eye in the CR-V more seriously — it’d be ever so easy to slide a bed in there what with a power tailgate that can be opened hands-free by waving your foot under the rear bumper. As I said last week, our top spec Touring tester has the lot. With 1,026mm of legroom in the second row, those seated back there will have no reason to complain unless they’re NBA stars while the interior has a far better fit and finish than my crumbly old studio. I especially like the faux wood trim on the dash and the door cards which brings a touch of class to proceedings. I wonder if I can peel it off and stick it on my wall? Fat chance; this CR-V feels really well assembled and doesn’t give you any impression that anything over the course of time will come loose or drop off. Wish I could say the same about the tiles in my bathroom.

Last but not least, I’d like to give an honourable mention to the satisfying ‘click’ that the paddle shifters behind the multifunctional steering wheel emit when called into action, which truth be told, may not be too often. The CR-V doesn’t exactly have pace to burn, but it’s still fun flicking through the gears and muffling the drone of the CVT.