Simon Lai road test and reviews the 2015 Honda CR-V 4WD VTi-L.
After having recently road tested the Honda HR-V I was looking forward to being given the 2015 Honda CR-V 4WD VTi-L and I must say I was somewhat disappointed.
Although the VTi-L has all the features you’d expect of an upper spec model – standard sized sunroof, sat nav, lamp washers, front seats that are electric, heated and have a memory function - the interior is dated and not on par with other brands.
The overall look is lacking refinement, whether it’s the hard, black plastic, the antiquated gauge style or the sharp-edged buttons. The fit isn’t perfect either, for example the rather loose fitting removable dividers in the centre cup holders.
To be honest the design hasn’t changed all that much from their 2013 model.
The saving grace is the performance. I usually can’t fault the drive of a Honda and the CR-V is no different. With an ticker that has a lot to give it’s very responsive and can pump out 140kW and 222Nm all coming out of a 2.4 litre engine.
Handling is satisfactory though the ride is a bit rough due to the lower profile tyres. Another discouraging fact is it’s a petrol guzzler. I averaged around 11 litres per 100km using up most of the tank.
One fantastic trademark Honda decided to retain is their rear seat folding system. A pull of the latch or strap and the seat base will fling forward making space for the head rest and the seat back to fold down flat. All of this in a single motion and just as easy to put back.
This ability means, however, that the seats are quite flat and not the most comfy for back seat drivers. Check out our video below to see how they work.
Another neat feature is the blind spot camera (also found in the HR-V) that displays a shot down the side of the vehicle on the touchscreen. You can turn it on manually or set it to come on automatically when you signal.
The HUD on the top of the dash doesn’t seem to serve a purpose, replicating the info found on the two other screens. What it should display is when the car engages 4WD as there is no obvious indicator.
Running boards line the skirt but are incomplete covering only the rear door which I can only assume are to make it easier for the kids to climb into the back.
Other lesser features of the VTi-L include a foot operated parking brake, an extendable armrest, dual climate control, push button start, and a proximity smart key.
In the CR-V range, you have a choice and combination of petrol or diesel, manual or auto, FWD or 4WD, offering a total of ten variations. The very base model manual VTi retails for an affordable $27,490 while the entry price for 4WD capability is $34,790 which is an auto VTi.
The model in question however is priced from $42,290 with the afore mentioned inclusions.
Only a couple of optional extras for the CR-V; you’ll have to fork out $3,500 for the Advanced Driver Assist System and a coat of metallic paint will cost $575.
The 2015 Honda CR-V VTi-L is a car that drives well, with great storage and functionality but is heavy on fuel and could do with a more modern interior. You may be better off considering other similar models in the category like the Nissan X-Trail or the new Hyundai Tucson.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Honda CR-V 4WD VTi-L
Engine: 2.4 litre petrol producing 140kW and 222Nm
Transmission: Sport Automatic AWD
Warranty: 3 year/100,000km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $32,790