2019 Honda CR-V Review
The Honda CR-V is one of Honda’s best selling and continuous models that began in 1995 and has currently arrived in its 5th Generation. Being one of the original Pioneers into the modern SUV movement, now exploring a host of firsts such as a seven seat variant while all models are powered by a new-generation turbo charged engine that makes it both more efficient an enjoyable to drive.
There are five variants in the latest CR-V range that offer a logical progression from an affordable entry level starting point to a fully-loaded and upgraded options.
So which is the best model for you?
All CR-V models are powered by a 1.5-litre turbo charged four cylinder petrol motor that is hooked up to an elastic CVT automatic gearbox, with the entry-level VTi and the VTi-L (which is the only model with the seven-seat configuration) exclusively offered in front-wheel drive, while the mid-grade VTi-S is the the only model that can be had with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive transmissions as the range-topping VTi-LX has all-paw traction only.
Even in base-model trim, the CR-V comes equipped with dual zone climate control, cruise control, keyless entry with push-button start, cloth trim, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 7.0-inch touch screen with Bluetooth, smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android devices, HDMI and USB inputs and an eight-speaker audio system.
The VTi-S comes with larger 18-inch alloys, a powered tailgate, Honda’s Lane Watch that displays the kerb side of the car on the car when indicating, two-tone cloth trim, a higher-grade climate control system and a more advanced infotainment screen with integrated sat nav.
The VTi-L brings the seven-seat configuration, a full length panoramic sunroof as well as leather trim and heated front seats while the range-topping VTi-LX adds digital radio and Honda’s full suite of active safety systems, including automated emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control along with LED headlights.
The latest model of CR-V is powered by a 1.5L turbo charged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 140kW and 240Nm and drives through a continuously variable transmission.
The VTi is the most fuel efficient with a claimed average fuel consumption of 7.0L/100Kms. But the AWD Models don’t use much more fuel, with the VTi-S and VTI-LX recording claimed figures of 7.4L/100km.
Which one is the safest model:
All Honda CR-Vs come with a 5 star crash safety rating and are equipped with 6 airbags, that protect all outboard occupants, even the third row in the 7 seater option.
The top of the range VTi-LX is the only variant to come fully equipped with the full suite of Honda Sensing safety technology, including automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control.
Overall the turbo engine is nice and refined, and, despite its small capacity, has decent mid-range pulling power that makes it an easy car to enjoy your driving experience especially in the suburbs.
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