It's funny because I'm exactly in the same situation as you are.
I own a 2005 i-CTDI, tried the new Accord i-DTEC and hated the noise ... so, if I still go for the diesel, I'm considering buying one of the last i-CTDI CR-V's (2009 model then). As you said, auto gearbox on the i-DTEC is probably nice but it does increase the bill even more and the fuel consumption is quite disappointing (at least on the Accord).
Has anybody tried an i-DTEC Accord with 5000 or 10000 miles to check if the noise goes down a little bit?
I wonder how the i-DTEC CR-V will compare to the i-CTDI CR-V in terms of economy. The Accord didn't improve its fuel economy when switching to i-DTEC ... but, at the same time, it was a completely new model (wider, ...).
Regarding the colour coded bumper, I think the same ... at least on the Executive model and I will try to avoid it as well.
For the equipment, I doubt that we will get the sunroof in Europe ... I would like it as well but I think it's probably more expensive for Honda to produce cars with metal/sunroof & glass roof and Honda seems to believe that European prefer the glass roof
One thing that will be available on the 2010 and I would be missing if I get a 2009 model is the USB port to the audio system. I swapped the cheap OEM radio on my 2005 by a JVC one with USB port. Stick a 4GB USB key full of mp3 in there and you have hours of music and a radio displaying mp3 tags. No such thing is available on the 2009 unless you take the GPS option ... which I don't want to (just bought a Tomtom Go 930T).
Some other new features I believe that the 2010 model would get:
- LKAS ... to join CMBS & ACC
- led taillights
- 4 parking sensors instead of 2 in the front
Greetings from a belgian living in Switzerland