New Honda CR-V Road Test, Review
Honda has launched their 5th generation CR-V to the Australian market. The previous Honda CR-V ‘s have been very successful with over 9 million sold worldwide and over 170,000 sold locally.
The 5th generation CRV is totally new with 0% carryover from the previous model.
The five model range for 2018 includes:
- VTi 2WD (5 seat)
- VTi-S 2WD & AWD (5 seat)
- VTI-L 2WD (7 seat)
- VTI-LX AWD (5 seat)
Pricing starts from $30,690 and runs through to $44,290.
Almost everything has improved in the 2018 Honda CR-V. The vehicle is slightly longer, slightly shorter, slightly wider with more ground clearance, an improved CVT and better engine.
On the brief launch drive we tested the Honda CR-V over a number of different conditions that a family is likely to encounter, including dirt roads, back roads, school zones and freeway driving.
The new CR-V gets a big tick for the external design.
It has subtle style and proportions that feel beyond its price. The front and rear both seam integrated and even the large external rear mirrors don’t seem to extrude.
Once you step inside the overall impression is of space.
The front seats are very comfortable, right from the entry level model through to the top of the range. I’m 190cm tall, and even though they restrict the front seat travel a little for rear leg room, I could slide the seat far enough back and adjust it to find a comfortable driving position.
The height and reach adjustable steering wheel is thick rimmed and feels good in the hands.
Honda has designed an alternative dash that has digital readout and a host of information. It is unusual but easy to read and clear to understand.
Stalks for the indicators are proud of the steering wheel spokes so easy to see and access. The wheel houses what has now become familiar controls.
Honda continuing decision to mount the transmission lever on the centre stack allows a flexible and large centre console storage area.
The Advanced Display Audio system offers digital radio.
One key feature is that the ‘A’ pillars are redesigned to provide more visibility through roundabouts and corners etc.
Visibility through the rear is pretty good, but another key feature is the reversing camera, which has three modes and provides excellent clarity.
Moving to the middle row of seats, they are again comfortable, more for two than three, and with a flat footwell and plenty of head, shoulder, leg, knee and foot room, even for someone tall like me.
There’s a fold down centre arm rest for drinks and two USB ports for the kid’s electronic gadgets. The rear doors open 90 degrees to allow ease of access.
The third row of seats are definitely in the occasional category for early teens at the most.
The rear seats also fold flat to give a rear boot area some 1.83m in length with plenty of volume as well.
One failing for a family vehicle is the fact that child seat tethers are at the roof in the rear not on the seat backs.
This severely restricts the flexibility of the vehicle and is a major flaw.
With the third row of seats in use there is virtually no luggage space at all, similar to all others in this class.
The boot area has an adjustable height rear door that has safety sensor if someone’s fingers are in the way or behind the door when it opens. The load area is lower and voluminous.
The turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides 140kW and 240Nm through a new CVT and has either 2WD or AWD.
The CVT doesn’t like outright acceleration, but is responsive and with the flat torque delivery, the CR-V is easy to drive and economical.
Road noise is minimal and feedback through the electric assisted steering is enough to provide a pleasant drive.
Honda has regained their design mojo and the all new CR-V is sure to stir up the small/medium SUV market.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2018 Honda CRV
- Engine: 1.5 litre turbo-petrol producing 140kW and 240Nm
- Transmission: CVT
- Warranty: 5 year/Unlimited km
- Safety: Not tested
- Origin: Thailand
- Price: from $30,690