It’s been a year since I piloted this vehicle so it was good to check out the second series of the 2016 Honda CR-V VTi-L.
I was handed the keys to the top of the range model complete with 4WD capabilities and Honda’s ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist System).
This pumps the price up to $42,290 beyond the standard CR-V VTi-L without ADAS which starts from $39,290. Aside from the that, the spec sheet reads the same for both models.
ADAS includes several safety and driver assist technologies like adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking and lane keep assist (LKAS) as new additions.
Along with lane departure warning, I encountered all these aids in the normal course of driving without trying.
The LKAS keeps an eye on lane markings (as it does with lane departure) and automatically adjusts the steering according to the keep the vehicle in the middle of the lane.
The Honda CR-V is almost self driving with the LKAS system working hand in hand with adaptive cruise control – one controls your speed and distance for the car in front while the other keeps you between the lines.
Autonomous tech isn’t foolproof though and you’ll still need to keep your hands by the wheel when it gets confused and drifts out of line.
When you are driving the car yourself, the drive is as good as you’d expect for a Honda with car-like handling and an overall stable ride.
There’s ample ticker from the 2.4L petrol engine though the power has been increased while the torque has been reduced.
Once again, fuel consumption is on the high end eating through almost the whole tank at nearly 12L/100km which is probably the only let down.
Still an inclusion are the cool, unique features like the quick release Honda flip-up rear seats and blind spot camera that shoots an image of the passenger side of the car onto the touch screen display when signalling left.
Other notable standard features are a sunroof, heated and powered front seats with memory function, dual zone climate, push button start, headlight washers,
At a premium is storage with raised floor console, centre bin, extra door pockets and a good sized glove box.
The boot is already a generous volume but the magic fold down seats came in handy for a recent trip to Ikea. A cargo blind can also be found in the back.
To sum up, the 2016 Honda CR-V VTi-L with ADAS has some extra safety features along with tweaked engine and off-roadability. You get the reliable Honda drive and their magic seats though the fuel consumption and price may put some off.
NUTS and BOLTS 2016 Honda CR-V VTi-L 4WD
Engine: 2.4L petrol producing 140kW and 222Nm
Transmission: Sports automatic
Warranty: 3 Year/100,000km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $39,290