As the rate of Australian families increases, we’re constantly in need for space in our vehicles. But space is a luxury that we often take for granted and is usually reserved for large luxury cars.
But the latest, fifth-generational model of the Honda CR-V proves that space isn’t all that expensive. Bringing the option of a seven-seat configuration in their Australian showrooms for the first time.
All model variants feature the same powertrain with an upgraded version of the 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol four cylinder that first arrived in the civic sedan, now producing 140kW and 240Nm.
The most basic model of the CR-V comes with keyless entry and push-button start, dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, a reverse camera and a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
With the VTi-S model, you get larger 18-inch alloys, a power-opening tailgate, in-built sat nav, front and rear parking sensors and Honda’s unique Lane Watch camera, which displays a wide-angle view of the inside lane on the screen.
Apart from the additional seating capacity, the VTi-L7 adds the safety of all-wheel drive, heated front seats and leather trim along with roof-mounted air vents for the third row occupants.
The five-seat models have a massive 522L boot with a completely flat floor while the seven-seat option reduces cargo carrying capacity by 100L when the third row isn’t being used, and also eliminates the boot when they are.
The CR-V sets the benchmark for interior space and functionality among the compact SUV segment, without challenging its rivals in any other area. It’s more flexible, more efficient and has more features than before while still maintaining a comfortable driving character and an affordable pricetag, making it perfectly suited to modern suburban families.
2017 Honda CR-V VTi-S Specifications
- Engine: 1.5-litre four cylinder turbo petrol
- Power: 140kW at 5600rpm
- Torque: 240Nm at 2000-5000rpm
- Transmission: CVT automatic, FWD or AWD
- Fuel use: 7.0L/100km