The latest generation model of the Honda CR-V SUV is an all-new model in the true sense, as it is the most significant generation change in CR-V’s history. The fifth generation Honda CR-V SUV makes the premium SUV’s appeal even stronger with great extensive upgrades in terms of new styling, cabin, all-new platform, a host of features and techs, first time 7-seater configuration and a first time diesel avatar in India. The new-gen CR-V is thus, braced to fight competition better than ever. In the Indian premium SUV market, the CR-V has a lot of competitors, from the direct rivals like the Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson and Skoda Kodiaq to the indirect rivals like the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Thus, being highly competent with amazing qualities is very important for the Honda CR-V to keep its charms intact in the competitive Indian market.
Here is a look at the all new Honda CR-V’s diesel automatic version as we took it out for a spin.
Styling & Dimensions - The new-gen Honda CR-V has a great road presence with its striking and sharp new styling. This handsome premium SUV has grown a bit bigger than its predecessor, and is designed to grab attention. It has a bold front fascia with highly stylized all-LED headlights and fog lamps along with fancy wing shaped LED DRLs. The aggressive SUV appeal is accentuated with flared wheel arches and stronger shoulder line that makes the SUV look wider and intimidating. At the rear, the split tailgate has been given a miss, but styling has been made bolder.
The new CR-V is 4592 mm long, 1855 mm wide and 1689 mm tall, and comes riding on a 2660 mm wheelbase.
Interior & Comfort - The new CR-V charms with a fully overhauled cabin which bids goodbye to the very conventional looking interior of the previous-gen model. The new model boasts of contemporary, spacious and practical styling while also exuding premium appeal all-over. The materials and fit and finish are up-class, which makes the new CR-V’s cabin a big plus for the buyers. The SUV offers an all-black dashboard with gloss black trims, while the door pads flaunts classy wooden inserts along with beige and gloss black trims.
The new-gen CR-V comes with a three-row arrangement for the first time, which is offered in only the diesel version, while the petrol continues with 5-seater configuration. The interior space is really impressive, considering it’s only a mid-sized SUV. That being said, as it is not a proper 7-seater model, the third row is really cramped up and is only suitable for kids or short adults for short distance travelling purposes. The cabin feels airy and offers great visibility owing to its huge glass area and high sitting position.
The SUV offers 150 litres of cargo space that’s extendable to 936 litres with both the rear rows folded.
Features & Safety - The new CR-V also comes with an array of great features including a first in segment camera system that is called ‘Lane Watch Camera’ placed on the passenger side mirror and assists the driver to keep a better eye on the traffic in the vehicle’s blind spot with visuals on the infotainment screen. There’s a 7 inch infotainment system, which is good, but could be better as while the 7 inch display and sound quality are good, the user interface is not up to the mark. The SUV also boasts of a nice fully digital instrument cluster. The range topping model offers two zone climate control, electric lumbar adjust, panoramic sunroof and much more.
When it comes to safety, the new CR-V is braced with ABS with EBD, brake assist, 4 airbags, Electronic Stability Control, automatic brake hold, hill assist, electronic parking brake, motion adaptive power steering, driver attention monitor and more equipments.
Powertrain & Performance - The first time diesel avatar of the new generation Honda CR-V SUV comes packed with a 1.6 litre diesel motor that delivers 120 bhp and 300 Nm. The motor is paired to a 9 speed automatic transmission.
The engine is not impressive when compared to some of its competitors, but offers overall good performance. Although one may doubt, it also delivers well on highways. Most importantly, it feels refined with almost no noticeable harshness or sound that’s common among diesel engines. The star performer here is actually the sophisticated gearbox which offers very refined gear changes and smooth transitions, be it a crawling drive on traffic stricken roads or cruising on highways. The highlight of the CR-V is definitely its awesome ride and handling capabilities.
Pricing - The new-gen CR-V comes in three variants - a 2WD petrol automatic priced at Rs. 33.21 lakhs, a 2WD diesel automatic tagged at Rs. 36.75 lakhs, and an AWD diesel automatic priced at Rs. 39.24 lakhs (prices on-road, Mumbai).
Final Words - In a nutshell, the new generation Honda CR-V is an impressive all-rounder of a mid-sized premium SUV. It looks and feels very premium and sophisticated, has a very pleasing cabin other than the third-row, offers good performance and brilliant ride and handling. It is definitely worth buying.