Utilizing the Honda Civic platform, the Honda CR-V standing for ‘Comfortable Runabout vehicle’ is a compact crossover produced by Honda since the year 1995. The fourth generation of the CR-V was launched in India in February 2013.
Outlook and Exteriors
The Honda CR-V was always popular for its muscularity and aesthetic design. Therefore, the fourth generation of this Honda car does not disappoint. The nose of the car is a bit prolonged; however the face is full of cuts and creases. The triple slatted grille in the centre which houses the ‘H’ of the carmaker, connects the winged HID headlamps. Together they bestow the BR-V with a clean and futuristic look.
Below the license plate and the body colored bumper, the CR-V owns an air-dam, two fog lamps situated in a matte black housing and contrast-colored front bumper claddings.
Move to the side, and the CR-V seems as grand as before. The roofline is tapering and the flowing windows end with a pointed tip. There are electrically adjustable ORVM’s and chrome door handles on the side. Furthermore, a matte black side cladding starting from the face of the car, moving over the wheel haunches, outlines the silhouette of the Honda car.
The rear is a standard CR-V with bolder headlights, a shark fin antenna and a tailgate that opens wide making loading and unloading luggage a breeze.
The Honda CR-V has a length of 4545mm, scales to 1820mm in width and measures 1685mm in height. The car has a wheelbase of 2620mm and a ground clearance of 170mm.
Interior, Features and Ambience
Simple, smart and straightforward, the cabin looks fresh and has been crafted in an uncomplicated matter. The CR-V features a well laid out two-tier dashboard housing a 5”i-MID ‘intelligent’ multi-information displayapart from an advanced 7” touchscreen display audio system with MP3, USB, iPOD, Bluetooth and hands-free telephone connectivity. Apart from that, there is a one push engine start/stop button, steering mounted audio controls, tilt &telescopic steering wheel, 8 way adjustable driver seat, front and rear AC vents, climate control, leather seats, cruise control, paddle shift and an ECON operating mode to improve the vehicle’s fuel efficiency.
There is no doubt that this SUV is spacious, there is ample amount of leg, head and shoulder-room in this car at both the front and back seats. However, in order to scoop more space for the passengers, Honda has compromised on the under-thigh support. They are short and the seats are bound to get uncomfortable on long journeys.
The Honda CR-V has a cavernous trunk volume of 589 litres which can be increased to a humungous 1,669 litres with the help of a one-touch-tumble that will fold the second row flat.
Engine and Performance
The Honda CR-V has an option of two petrol engines to perform duty. One is the (AWD) powerful 2.4-litre (2354cc) 4-cylinder, i-VTECH engine mated to a five speed automatic transmission. This engine is capable of producing a maximum power output of 190hp and a peak torque of 226Nm while it has an exclaimed fuel efficiency of 12kmpl.
Put a light foot on the accelerator and this engine responds well, there is no evident turbo lag and the throttle responses are good. However, if you force this automatic to run by putting down a strong foot, the throw of power is not as good as one would expect. However, in case you wish to improve your driving experience, there is a paddle shift option on the steering wheel to follow your command. Hence, when required, downshift and rev away.
To satisfy the fuel-efficient Indian in you, there is an ECON mode that adjusts the gearbox and AC for a better mileage.
Second is the 2WD lightweight 2.0-litre (1997cc) 4-cylinder, i-VTECH engine mated either to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed automatic transmission. This engine is capable of producing a maximum power output of 156hp and a peak torque of 190Nm. This engine has a claimed fuel efficiency of 13.7kmpl.
The 6-speed manual transmission is the most fun to drive combination offered in this Honda car. It is a rev happy engine that shifts beautifully. The change is smooth and effortless. As well as the throttle responses are sure to bring a smile on your face.
Ride Quality and Handling
The price segment that the CR-V falls in, slots this Honda car to a direction where it would cater the urban population of the country. A test drive of the Honda CR-V made it clear that apart from being an up-market vehicle, the CR-V is also a comfortable, versatile and spacious car.
The CR-V offers capable city drivability and an enjoyable highway cruise. To absorb road breaks and potholes, the Honda car has MacPherson Strut suspension in the front tires and a Double Wishbone suspension in the rear tires. The vehicle rides confident on rough patches even at a triple digit speed.
While cornering, there are negligible body-rolls, the car feels planted and does not over or under-steer. The occupants sit comfortably without being bobbled around much in the vehicle.
Braking and Safety
You can trust Honda for keeping you safe and as said; the Honda CR-V has all safety features one demands from a car belonging to this segment. To bite speed there are disc brakes in the front and in the rear tires. For added safety, the CR-V has an ACE body structure, hill start assist, VSA and ABS with EBD apart from 6 airbags.
The Honda CR-V is and all-rounder with its versatility, capable engines, level of equipment and city drivability.let's take a Test Drive.