Honda has finally given into our demands. And it will launch the diesel CR-V in India this festive season. Here are our first impressions.
Honda CR-V Review
The Honda CR-V was introduced in India more than a decade ago. The petrol only SUV did well but lost out in the competition as the market shifted towards diesels owing to the disparity in fuel prices. Honda continued selling the CR-V and launched the fourth generation car for India in 2013. Honda is finally warming up to the idea of getting a diesel CR-V and has already started with the homologation process.
The CR-V is a full size SUV that seats five and offers loads of space. The design is getting rounder by each generation and the quirk of the contemporary Japanese design is evident in the CR-V. It gets a two-tone front fascia with a trapezoidal grille with three horizontal chrome slats. The projector headlamps with DRLs are curved and sweep back onto the fenders. The blacked out lower half gets a three part air dam with fog-lamp mounts.
The CR-V has a tall profile with a higher ground clearance and large wheels. The roofline slopes towards the D-pillar. The window frames get chrome accents and blacked out B and C-pillar. The extended vertical tail lamps flow with the curiously shaped tailgate.
The interiors are plush but simple. The two-tone interior gets leather upholstery and is offered with a sunroof as well. It gets automatic climate control, electrically adjustable and foldable wing mirrors, steering mounted audio controls, cruise control and push-button start. It also gets a touch-screen infotainment display with the top spec car. The CR-V is offered with six airbags standard along with ABS and EBD for occupant safety. Rear parking sensors and reverse camera is standard on the CR-V along with manual height adjustment for the driver seat.
As for the engines, you have two options – the 2.0-litre or the 2.4-litre four cylinder petrol engines. The 2.0-litre engine develops 154bhp of power and 190Nm of torque and comes mated to a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive. The 2.4-litre mill gets a five-speed automatic and a torque on demand four-wheel- drive. Honda has got the 1.6-litre four-pot diesel for homologation which is available with the 118bhp and 158bhp setups globally. While it is difficult to tell, we hope the diesel CR-V gets the 158bhp setup.
The CR-V competes with the Renault Koleos, Skoda Yeti and the upcoming Hyundai Tuscon as they are all five seater SUVs. But with its price tag, it comes close to the full-size SUVs like Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero, Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Endeavour.
Honda CR-V Colours
CR-V is available/sold in the following colours in India.
Honda CR-V Mileage
|Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Capacity||Mileage|
|Petrol||Automatic||2354 cc||12 kmpl|
|Petrol||Automatic||1997 cc||13.7 kmpl|
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