There is little denying the cult status that the Honda CR-V has forever enjoyed in India. Despite being a petrol-only softroader, the SUV has pretty much managed to steal away the thunder from rivals like Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Chevrolet Captiva. But that was until the competition heated up for the Japanese marque. The old CR-V lost much of its shine with the hike in petrol prices and of course, its steep price tag. But now, Honda is all set to turn the wheel of fortune back in its favor with the launch of the new fourth-generation CR-V.
From the first impressions of it, the new CR-V feels highly evolved. It gets several new strengths such as new design and interiors that looks and feels plusher and nicer than ever. The engines feel more powerful and the upgraded suspension accentuates the overall ride and feel of the car. Then again, there are a host of new features and luxury accompaniments, all of which ups the bet for the new Honda CR-V. The all-new car is also the first CR-V to be assembled in India, which means you can own the car at a more competitive price tag.
The new Honda CR-V comes with the same 2.0- and 2.4-litre petrol motors, but a slightly more bumped up power and torque. Thus, the 2.0l gets a power boost of 154 bhp and the updated 2.4 gets 187 bhp. The smaller motor comes with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. The 2.4 motor, however, is only offered as an auto and is only available in Honda's on-demand four-wheel-drive system.
The smaller motor delivers a fuel efficiency of 13.7 km/l (2.0L) while the 2.4l engine claims a mileage of 12 km/l. And considering all the extra power and torque it delivers, the fuel efficiency doesn't seem all that less.
All thanks to it's bumped up power mill and driving dynamics, the CR-V feels more civilized and car-like. The refinement is exceptional and so is the noise insulation. So far the handling goes, the car feels nice and poised. It responds exceptionally well on the tight as well as high-speed corners. The straight-line stability of the car is commendable.
The Honda CR-V comes well-equipped with standard safety features like Honda’s unique G-Force Control technology, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, anti-lock braking system with Electronic Breakforce Distribution, motion adaptive EPS, and front seats designed with whiplash mitigation.