HONDA CR-V VTI-L ADAS AWD
An established favourite takes on a rising star in the battle of the family-friendly softroaders. Chris Riley is the judge.
All the creature comforts including leather trim, climate control aircon, satnav, sunroof and keyless entry with push-button start. Trouble is it costs $2000 more than the Kia. Service is a bit expensive too at $1952 for three years or 60,000km (that’s with extras included and services every 6 months).
Current model was launched 2011, facelifted early last year and a completely new one is coming next year. Because of this sales have slipped but it remains a solid, well rounded package that has plenty to appeal, including comfortable seats, Siri voice control for iPhone, one of the largest boots in the segment and Honda’s “magic” seating — the rears fold flat at a single touch.
The 2.4-litre 4-cyl direct-injection petrol engine (140kW/222Nm) matched to a five-speed auto falls short of the competition — particularly as Honda once had a diesel with nine-speeder. Claimed thirst is 8.7L/100km and we got 8.9L over 500km. Not bad for a vehicle of this size and style.Will tow 1500kg.
Awarded five stars in crash testing, despite a risk of lower leg injury for the driver. ADAS pack includes the latest driver aids including auto braking, blind spot alert and lane departure warning. Also has front and rear sensors, camera view when merging left and reversing camera.
Smooth ride, sits nicely on the road and is easy to steer. There’s nothing special in terms of performance but it’s still very liveable. The main touchscreen can be temperamental and difficult to operate on the run but the new, more detailed reversing camera makes it easier to reverse park. Dash changes colour to warn when you’re driving with a lead foot. Four-wheel drive kicks in when wheel slip detected.