Great looks, spacious interior and feature laden cabin makes CR-V a desirable model in the premium SUV space. Lacking a diesel unit in the line-up, CR-V draws power from two petrol engines available with a choice between six-speed manual and 5-speed automatic gearboxes. The lower capacity 2.0 litre petrol engine uses a two-wheel drivetrain as opposed to the 2.4 litre unit mated to the auto box, sending power to all four wheels via a real time 4WD.
Honda CR-V range is spread across three variants, deriving power from 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre petrol units with an option between a manual and an automatic transmission. Priced between Rs 22.2 lakh to Rs 26.3 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the 2.0 litre variant is available in both manual and automatic versions, whereas the 2.4 litre engine comes paired to the automatic transmission. Use of elements such as chrome garnish, body cladding and vertically stacked tail lamps work well for the exterior profile. On the inside, the SUV accommodates five adults with ample head, leg and shoulder space for passengers seated in front and rear.
The 4th generation CRV is based on the Grand CRV theme. The new vehicle comes with altered dimensions but the overall essence of the CRV has been left untouched. With the new design, the CRV has got a lot bolder and aggressive in its design language.The front face has been revisited and the design scissors have chiseled sharp lines on it. Headlights which were just clear lens have been upgraded to HID projectors which also come with headlight washers. The radiator grille has been done very tastefully in chrome and occupies a strong position on the new fascia. Fog lamp scoops have been redesigned as well.It comes out as a very premium contemporary looking vehicle. The new design is also more aerodynamic compared to the earlier version. The first look at the vehicle from side reminds of some inspiration from the Volvo XC series which is reminiscent at the rear too. On the side profile large 10-spoke 17 inch alloy wheels adds up to the vehicle’s dynamic presence and character.
The company plans to introduce two exterior enhancement kits which are the inspire kit and the elegance kit with the new CRV. These kits will offer different set of enhancement options ranging from stylish radiator grille, chrome tipped exhaust pipe, side step garnish etc etc. When seen from silhouette, the CRV looks more like an extended sedan than an SUV with an extended overhang in the first and the rear half of the vehicle. The door lines are offered in chrome. Rear tail lamps are the class first 3D combination vertically stacked. The rear looks as if pulled out but neatly with a conveniently sized rear windshield.The CRV does not come across as a mighty off roader but then it looks very strong and dynamic. It looks like a typically European looking vehicle. With the new lines and profiles, the new gen model definitely looks more promising.
The internal section of this sports utility vehicle is done up in premium sienna beige color scheme and incorporated with a number of sophisticated features. Its smooth dashboard is fitted with a number of features like chrome plated AC vents, a large glove box with cooling effect, a three spoke steering wheel with multifunctional switches and an advanced instrument panel. The cabin is incorporated with a ergonomically designed seats, which are covered with fabric or leather upholstery, depending on the variants. The driver seat has a 8-way power adjustable function along with lumbar support. The rear seat has 60:40 split folding facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume. The front seats have a sliding armrest, while the rear has center armrest featuring two cup holders. The supervision cluster comes with illumination control function. It is equipped with a number of notifications like low fuel warning light, digital tripmeter, outside temperature display, door ajar warning and several other notifications for keeping the driver updated. It has a couple of 12V power socket in front and middle row for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. This sports utility vehicle is incorporated with a few utility based aspects like rear center arm rest with cup holders, front seat back pockets, front sliding arm rest with bottle holder, boot compartment with hook and light, map pockets in all doors and an illuminated glove box with cooling effect. Apart from these, it also has all four power windows with driver side auto down and pinch guard function, paddle shift, one push engine start/stop button, central door locking along with with keyless entry, multi information display with adjustable illumination and ECO assist system. All these features put together will ensure a memorable driving experience for all the passengers in this SUV.
The car manufacturer has given this model series a lot of refined features that gives the occupants a plush feel while traveling. It has an independent dual zone automatic air conditioning unit comes with rear AC vents. It is also equipped with dust and pollen filter, which keeps the cabin air purified. It has a five inch color touchscreen multi-information display, which is equipped with fuel consumption, a digital clock and several other aspects for comfort of the driver. It has a cruise control function, which helps in maintaining a steady speed as set by the driver. The tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel makes it easy to handle the vehicle even in heavy traffic conditions. It also has a cruise control function, which maintains a steady speed on the highways. The top end variant comes with an AVN system featuring a 6.1-inch touchscreen along with Bluetooth connectivity and SVC (speed volume compensation) function. It is equipped with a quite a few features like WMA/MP3 player, FM/AM radio and has ports for i-Pod and USB devices. While other trims get an advanced 2-DIN music system, which supports CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner, USB/ i-Pod connectivity and six speakers. The 4WD AT AVN variant has a multi-functional steering wheel, which is integrated with audio, cruise and call control buttons. Apart from these, it also has foot rest, adjustable head restraints, sunglass holder in glove box, sun visors with vanity mirrors with light and many other such aspects. The top end variant is bestowed with a rear view camera, which has multi angle view with dynamic guideline on audio display. While other variants have only single on i-MID display.
The new SUV will be offered in 2 engine options. The lightweight and fuel efficient 1997cc SOHC i-VTEC and the powerful 2354cc DOHC i-VTEC engine with a REALTIME 4WD. The new 2.0L engine produces a power of 156PS at 6500 rpm (increased by 13PS) and a torque of 190Nm at 4300 rpm.On the other hand the beasty 2.4L offers a power of 190PS at 7000 rpm (increased by 29PS) and a torque of 226Nm at 4400 rpm. There is an option of 6 Speed Manual and a 5 Speed Automatic with paddle shift to choose from. The CMVR test results conclude a fuel efficiency figure of 13.7 Km/l for the 2L and 12km/l for the 2.4L engine.Just above the driver’s right knee, there is an ECON mode button. This mode encourages the driver to drive more efficiently. In this mode, the vehicle will self adjust the performance of the engine, transmission, air conditioning system and the cruise control. The Eco Assist system has illuminated arcs that illustrate if the vehicle is being driven in efficient condition. The displays turn white to show inefficient driving while it turns green which means a more efficient driving.The CRV has always been the quiet yet solid SUV. The same performance feel is felt in the new vehicle too. This one however feels more smooth and responsive than the earlier iteration. This one comes loaded with features such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and a new Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS). It detects instability in slippery road conditions both during cornering and under braking and automatically initiates steering inputs that prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
Honda primary focus with the CR-V has been comfort and the fourth generation does not disappoint at all. Ride is plush and the suspension is happy absorbing the craters on the road, ensuring the passengers have no reason to complain. Suspension tuning tilts more towards comfort and even on the worst of roads, the undulations won’t transfer down your spine. Driving is very much like a sedan and bodyroll is at an absolute minimal. Honda has switched to an electronic power steering (EPS) in the latest model, dumping the hydraulic unit for good and moving towards a more eco-friendly solution. The steering is therefore light and this adds to the sedan like driving character and zipping through traffic is as easy as running a knife through butter. Come high speeds and this EPS unit does not weigh up well and feels a bit numb, however, at no instance does the CR-V feel unstable. Even at tripple digit speeds, this crossover feels well planted on the road and high speed stability is impressive. Driving comfort deserves a special mention, even after driving 350 odd kms, we were as fresh as a daisy with no hint of fatigue.
SAFETY AND SECURITY ;
The sports utility vehicle has given an ACE (advanced compatibility engineering) body structure along with G-force control technology (G-CON) that ensures safety of the occupants sitting inside in case of any crash. Apart from these, it is bestowed with some standard protective aspects like speed sensitive auto door lock, parking brake, 3-point seat belts for all passengers along with driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel and central locking system along with keyless entry. Then it also has dual SRS airbags along with side and curtain airbags that helps in saving the occupants in case of collision. It is equipped with vehicle stability assist function, ABS (anti lock braking system) along with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) and hand lever type parking brake. Apart from the base variant, other trims have been blessed with hill start assist function that prevents the vehicle from rolling away. The advanced engine immobilizer with security alarm safeguards the vehicle from theft and unauthorized entry. In addition to these, it also has a rear parking sensors along with rear view camera, centrally located high mounted stop lamp, rear defogger and fog lamps.
The all new Honda CR-V has evolved into a much better product all around. The new model offers more room in the cabin with a comfortable driving experience. The feature list has only got longer and you get everything a SUV buyer wants, well almost. Though the new Honda CR-V is a great all rounder, it still lacks what most wish for in the segment, a diesel engine. Though Honda has not ruled out a diesel mill for the CR-V in the future, the current model will sport petrol engines only which could be a turn off for prospective customers in a diesel dominated market. However, with petrol and diesel prices heading towards each other, you never know what happens. For now, lets give credit where its due, Honda has managed to better the CR-V brand in every possible way. This new Honda is available, for the first time, through the CKD route resulting in reduced prices, making it more convincing than it was earlier.