Honda CR V Overview

One of the first premium SUVs in the country – the Honda CR-V has come a long way since first launched. The CR-V has created an imagery that is premium and upmarket. However, a lack of a diesel engine and added flexibility was an area of concern and hence the SUV sold in very limited numbers. Now, Honda has given it a shot in its arm with the new generation 2018 Honda CR-V, which promises a lot and also now comes with a diesel engine, apart from having a seven seat option. Test drive for Honda CR V .

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Honda CR V Exterior & Style

The Honda CR-V has evolved. Its looks all grown up in this generation, with a bolder front grille, subtle chrome touches on the side and sleek LED headlamps.But what gives the CR-V a solid road presence is its low and wide stance, courtesy of the sharp creases on the bumper and bonnet, and the flared out wheel arches.But it’s not actually been lowered. In fact, the 5th generation CR-V is longer, wider and taller (L +47mm, W +35mm, H +4mm). Even the wheelbase has been increased by 40mm to better accommodate the third row. The SUV now sits 208mm over the ground in the AWD and 198mm in the 2WD variants.

Moving on to specifics, the front gets a bolder chrome grille and horizontal slats. Fun fact, the international version gets a mesh grille to accommodate the radar-based safety tech.The headlamps are LED, and so are the DRLs and the fog lamps. The headlamps are bright and light up the road very well. The diesel car gets chrome surrounds for the fog lamp whereas the petrol only gets an underline garnish. That’s the only design difference between the two. Subtle chrome touches have been added to the side as well, making the car look classy.The 235/60 – R18 wheels look big and bold, and are taller and wider than before.

Tail lamps have been completely reworked and get guide lights and tall standing indicators.Overall, the CR-V looks a step up from the previous one. More aggressive, better road presence and more hi-tech.

Honda CR V Interior & Space

The 2018 Honda CR-V is one of the best SUVs when its comes to interiors. They spell of class, sophistication while being very pleasant. The all-black interior theme makes it rich. There are soft touch materials all over. The dashboard layout is neat and uncluttered. There is a large 7-inch touchscreen dominating the dashboard. This touchscreen has Android Auto and Apple Car Play. It also gets navigation, bluetooth and rear camera. It also displays the left side of the car, while you turn on the left indicator. It helps a lot and I think can be adopted by other manufacturers as well.

The instrument console has a screen in place. The speedometer is digital and the tachometer is interestingly designed in a retro fashion. The driver information system is detailed and is easy to rear as well. The steering wheel is small and has audio controls on the lest and cruise control on the right. It adjusts for rake and reach. The seats are comfortable and provide just the right cushioning and bolstering. The driver seat gets 6-way adjustment and one can arrive at a comfortable position quickly. The CR-V gets a panoramic sunroof too.

There are lot of storage spaces available. The centre console has an adjustable tray, that can also be removed. There is space to keep mobile phone and wallet. There is no gear lever here (except on the petrol version). This frees up lot of space and the dashboard looks wide and spacious. The door pads also can take a lot of stuff including water bottles.

The second row has adequate space and get adjustable sliding seats. These seats can double fold to allow easy access to the third row. There are rear AC vents with a couple pf fast charging USB ports for the rear passengers. The third row has very little space, suitable for children mainly. There are AC vents provided on the ceiling as well, but they can get intrusive. Boot space is adequate to accommodate family luggage on a holiday trip. The spare wheel is a full-sized alloy wheel and is easy to access. For more info on Honda CR V check isc2013.in

Honda CR V Engine & Gearbox

Refinement is quite impressive, to begin with. Idle is smooth and the diesel clatter from under the bonnet, though noticeable, is well damped. Tap the throttle, and the 1.6 responds instantly, pulling with a fair amount of zest off the line. There is almost no delay or hint of turbo lag when you put your foot on the throttle, and what’s pleasing is that the CR-V moves forward quite smartly even when you press down a bit more. In fact, drive the CR-V without mashing the throttle to the floorboard and performance is more than up to the task too. The increase in pace is linear and smooth, the engine doesn’t get gruff, and, though there is no spiky step up in pace, performance is more than adequate.

Yes, it does run out of breath at the top of the powerband, which can be quite irritating, and 20 or 30hp more would have made a world of a difference. Overtaking isn’t an effortless task and the engine takes its own sweet time to reach the conservative 4,500 rev limit. Enthusiasts will be disappointed with the lack of top-end punch, but, for the most part, power, torque and performance are sufficient.

Masking the power deficit to a great extent is Honda’s smooth, and quick-on-the-draw nine-speed automatic gearbox. In fact, it’s so smooth, you often aren’t aware of it working hard in the background. And then there’s the fact that with so many ratios, the engine is almost always in the right part of the powerband. It even responds well to taps on the paddles, and ‘Sport’, really does add an extra bit of urgency to things. In Eco mode, however, we didn’t find too much of a difference in performance, which is a good thing if you are the type who will drive with an eye on the digital fuel gauge.

Honda CR V Driving Dynamics

The new CR-V also feels effortless to drive in the city. The steering is light enough and quick to react, the nicely set-up brakes add confidence in start/stop traffic, and Honda has improved the ride too. Yes, over bad patches, the suspension does have a fair bit of sharp, vertical movement, but what Honda has done quite successfully is round off and soften the blows. It doesn’t crash or thud through like the earlier CR-V, and that means overall comfort levels are considerably higher.

High-speed stability is fantastic and with its longer wheelbase, wider stance and bigger wheels, it feels so well planted, which makes it relaxing to drive. Even the steering is well set-up and the amount of the feedback that filters through the wheel is so good that the new CR-V is even mildly entertaining to drive on a winding road. It does roll a bit in tighter corners and then there is some sloppiness if you go from lock to lock, but otherwise, this is an SUV you can even enjoy driving. It’s no Jeep Compass, though, so don’t expect it to be anywhere near as nice or as confidence-inspiring to drive. Neither can it smother bad roads as well.

Honda CR V Safety & Security

When it comes to safety, the CR-V packs a lot of kit.Starting with the stability controls which include ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Stability Assist and Hill Start Assist.You get ISOFIX child seat mounts and 6 airbags as well.To help you park better, there is a rear camera with bending guidelines as well.

Honda CR V Cost in Bangalore

Honda Crv On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 28,26,685 to 33,34,179 for variants CRV 2.0L MT Petrol and CRV 2.4L AT Petrol respectively. Honda Crv is available in 3 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Honda Crv variants price in Bangalore. Check for CR V price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Honda CR V Final Thought

With its car-like driving manners, diesel engine and seven seats, the CR-V will appeal to a wide range of SUV buyers. The engine is smooth, performance is adequate, and, despite the added bulk, the new CR-V feels nimble from behind the wheel. The cabin is larger and more upmarket, it is well kitted out, and even the seats of the first and second row are very comfortable. Yes, a bit more space on the third row would have been nice, but what it really does need is 20 or 30 more horses under the bonnet. Expected to be priced north of Rs 30 lakh (prices for the 2.0 petrol are likely to start from Rs 27 lakh), it doesn’t give enough bang for the buck.

But even as things stand, the CR-V offers an easier-to-drive, less bulky and more sophisticated alternative to a Toyota Fortuner, and that just could be what some SUV buyers are looking for.

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