Smooth Petrol Engine
What we’re driving here is the 2-litre petrol version that drives the front wheels and makes 154bhp, and 189Nm of torque. By far, and like any other Honda motor, this one just puts a smile on your face when it comes to the motor being smooth and refined. Also, there’s decent grunt for everyday driving, especially while commuting, and a light-to-medium throttle is all that’s required to tag along with the rest of the crowd. The nice part is that, unlike most CVTs, the rubber-band affect is almost unnoticeable- just a gradual build-up of revs.
Another area where the CR-V just shines, is in the ride-and-handling department. Unlike ladder-frame SUVs, which quite frankly, can’t hide their weight when you go faster, driving the new CR-V comes off as a pleasant surprise. It is absolutely car-like to drive. The chassis balance is so sweet that you can actually dart into corners eagerly, and above all, it stays flat in mid-corner! And if that weren’t enough, the light and direct steering is simply a delight, making the CR-V genuinely fun to drive.
Getting into the new CR-V is a breeze due to doors that open really wide. And then you notice the unique centre console design that smartly keeps the transmission and electronic parking brake buttons closer to the driver.
The petrol CR-V is a 5-seater, unlike its 7-seater diesel sibling. It gets well-bolstered front seats that offer great support, with lumbar adjust, and loads of legroom and headroom. Likewise, the rear bench offers immense support with plenty of legroom too. Now, what makes driving this CR-V a whole lot easier, is the excellent visibility, and that smart blind-spot live footage which is fed onto the infotainment system. Neat trick!
Once seated in the new CR-V, you’re instantly greeted by the modern and premium feel from the interiors.
It is a great concoction thanks to the use of beige and black interiors, along with a combination of silver inserts, matt black and piano black trim, matt-finish wood inserts, and soft touch points throughout the upper portion of the cabin. And adding that large seven-inch touchscreen infotainment screen makes the dash feel all the more contemporary.