When launched in India the CR-V diesel will be priced at around Rs 30 lakhs. And that puts it in the same playing field as the big and burly Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner. Will the CR-V with its better road manners, a quieter cabin, and a more luxurious and comfortable motoring experience pull buyers away from the butch lot? Not really. But, there are enough city dwellers looking for exactly what the CR-V delivers. And with two extra seats and a diesel engine, Honda has just made that choice that much more tempting.
Watch out for our detailed India drive of the new Honda CR-V diesel next month.
The all wheel drive CR-V
We also drove the all wheel drive version. It uses the same engine with the exact same output figures. But, thanks to the on-demand system, it is heavier. And that would mean lower fuel economy figures as well. Driving wise, there isn't a vast difference between the FWD and AWD. Like the former, the AWD is happy cruising at 120kmph; it has decent throttle response; and overtakes on the highways aren't too much of a bother.
And on twisties, even though one can feel the bulk of the car, it doesn't feel cumbersome or lethargic or boring. However, overtakes on single lane roads do require planning. Both the 1.6-litre diesel engine and the 9-speed automatic gearbox aren't the most eager. Shifting manually via the steering mounted paddle shifters improves things, but you still can't take liberties with it. This also holds true for the 2WD version, by the way.
The AWD - at least in Philippines - also gets additional equipment. It gets electric powered driver's seat, lane-assist system, adaptive cruise control, and a panoramic sunroof, all of which were missing on our 2WD test car.
Pictures by Honda Global and Vikrant Singh
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