The Honda CR-V is a luxury SUV and the only vehicle in the company's portfolio with an option of a four-wheel drive system. The vehicle is powered by two petrol engines, a 2.0 litre unit, which is offered with a two wheel drive system and a more powerful 2,4 litre motor with 4WD. The smaller petrol engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and a 5 speed automatic, while the larger engine is available only with a 5 speed automatic. While the CR-V is termed as a soft roader by many, it does have a reasonable off-road capability. This luxury SUV comes only in a 5 seater format but there is enough cabin space with a number of cubby holes along with enough equipment for the driver to experience a fatigue-free and joyful drive.
4WD system lends off-road capability
7-inch touchscreen audio on the 2.0 litre AT and 2.4 litre versions is easy to use
Six airbags and ABS with EBD is standard on all variants
The Honda CR-V is a luxury SUV and measures 4,545 mm in length, 1,820 mm in width and 1,685 mm in height. The wheelbase of 2,620 mm accommodates a large cabin and the massive 225/65 section tyres are shod on 17-inch alloy wheels, which also happens to be a standard equipment. The headlamp houses a projector and halogen unit that provides good visibility along with with the fog lamps. The flat rear with high mounted tail lamps exude simplicity and allow for other road users to the see this SUV from afar.
On the inside, the CR-V gets a tan/black dashboard with beige leather seats. AC vents for the rear passengers cool the cabin quickly. The 8-way adjustable driver seat helps you find the right driving position and the dual-zone air conditioning unit adds to the occupant's preference of temperature. The touchscreen infotainment unit comes with Bluetooth integration and steering mounted audio, phone and cruise controls for an undistracted driving.
The Honda CR-V is powered by two petrol engine options a 2.0 litre and a 2.4 litre unit. While the 2.0 litre unit is paired to a two wheel drive system, the larger engine has a full time all wheel drive system for tricky terrains. Power and torque generated from the 1,997 cc unit is 153.8hp at 6,500 rpm and 190Nm at 4,300 rpm, while the larger 2,354 cc motor produces 187.4hp at 7,000 rpm and an impressive 226Nm at 4,400. Both engines offer good performance and are fuel-efficient by segment standards.
There are three transmission options for the Honda CR-V. While the smaller engine powered variant has a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 5 speed automatic, the larger four-wheel drive variant gets a 5 speed automatic only. Gear changes are smooth for both units and the clutch for the manual gearbox is light, adding to the driver's convenience.
The Honda CR-V comes standard with six airbags, ABS with EBD and Vehicle Stability Assist, which adds to the safety factor. A light but strong ACE body structure has impact absorbing crumple zones which also aid to occupant safety.
Claimed mileage of the Honda CR-V is 13.7 km/l for the 2.0 litre variants and 12 km/l for the 2.4 litre trim, which is acceptable considering the minimum kerb weight of the 2.0 litre variant at 1,470 kg and 1,600 kg for the 2.4 litre variant.