Garwin Beukes - Honda fanatics, myself included, had to wait it out for the new CR-V. After being launched internationally about a year ago and proclaimed Honda’s best selling vehicle globally (once again), Namibia and South Africa had to wait down the line for it to arrive.
The wait was absolutely worth it. Every second!
The CR-V comes in four models, two with 2.0 i-Vtec motors sported in front wheel drive and the other two 1.5 Vtec Turbo motors with an all wheel drive system. The 2.0-litre engine kicks out 113kW/189Nm and returns an economy of 7.3-litres/100km. The 1.5 turbo is good for 140kW/240Nm with returns of 7.0-litres/100km. The 2.0 Comfort features front, side and curtain airbags, hill start assist, and a rear view camera.
The 2.0 Elegance features, in addition to the Comfort, leather interior, heated front seats, and paddles behind the steering wheel to change gears with. The 1.5T Executive sports 18” wheels, a panoramic sunroof, as well as cornering lights. The 1.5T Exclusive, in addition, features Honda’s Sensing driver assist system, lane watch (which is Honda’s term for lane assist), and built in tyre pressure monitor.
Quite remarkable I must say!
According to Honda, the CR-V offers enough resistance to road conditions to always produce the best possible ride. Steering is direct at low speeds, but even at highway speeds it doesn’t portray a lack in feel. It’s noteworthy to mention that though the suspension gifts the CR-V with strong driving traits, sound insulation is commendable.
This one really packs all the bells and whistles!