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More spacious than its predecessor, the all-new, fifth-generation Honda CR-V has arrived in South Africa.
Honda has given the all-new CR-V a modern design. The vehicle looks streamlined, with the bonnet’s contours meeting the base of the slim A-pillar, and the roofline sporting integrated roof rails. The sharp new grille and curved slimline headlights (featuring integrated daytime running lights) also bring the vehicle up to date. Overall, the design of the new Honda is fairly conservative, but it is also inoffensive and fashionable.
PLATFORM AND SUSPENSION
The fifth-generation Honda CR-V employs an all-new platform (the same as found in the Honda Civic) with more torsional rigidity which, according to Honda, benefits handling. Like the previous model, the new CR-V combines a MacPherson strut-based front suspension with a multilink rear configuration. However, the entire suspension has been revised. This includes the use of liquidfilled bushings and low-friction dampers for added comfort, while new, tubular stabiliser bars in front and solid stabiliser bars have been added to the rear. The electric power steering has purportedly also been recalibrated to give better steering precision and feedback.
The new Honda CR-V comes with a choice of two drivetrains: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine on the lower-end models, and a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol mill on the pricier derivatives. At present, Honda South Africa apparently has no plans to introduce a diesel option.
The 2.0-litre normally aspirated unit delivers a maximum power output of 113kW at 6 500r/min, combined with maximum torque of 189Nm at 4 300r/min. The engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) auto gearbox. This engine is found in the Comfort and Elegance models and drive is to the front wheels only.
As mentioned, the CR-V is also available with a turbocharged 1.5-litre power unit in the 1.5T Executive and 1.5T Exclusive models. This powerplant delivers 140kW of maximum power at 5 600r/min, together with 240Nm of maximum torque between 2 000 and 5 000r/min. The turbo
engine is again accompanied by Honda’s CVT gearbox, but is linked to an AWD system which transfers power from the front to the rear wheels when additional traction is required.
An increase in wheelbase, as well as wider front and rear tracks, has resulted in a more spacious cabin with an increased interior volume. Luggage capacity in the CR-V is 522 litres with the rear seats in place, and 1 084 litres with the back seats folded down. Unlike with the previous model, the seats fold completely flat, creating a more user-friendly luggage area.
All models, except the entrylevel Comfort version, feature electric seat adjustment and even seat heating as standard on the front seats. Rear accommodation is generous, with impressive rear legroom.
Honda describes one of the key interior highlights as, “the introduction of a fullcolour TFT driver information interface, which replaces the previous model’s conventional analogue dials. Located in a dedicated binnacle directly ahead of the driver, the display is dominated by a graph-type rev counter, accompanied by a digital speedometer”. A centrally located fiveinch or seven-inch display (depending on the model) also provides access to the new CR-V’s infotainment system. The system offers enhanced functionality, including Apple CarPlay, which allows seamless integration of iPhone features and functions, such as the iDevice’s own GPS navigation, voice-controlled search capability, and selected apps.
The audio capability of the CR-V has also been enhanced, and features no less than eight loudspeakers: one mid/ bass unit in each door, as well as a pair of tweeters front and rear. An additional USB connection is provided in front, while rear passengers get a second pair of USB sockets. There’s also an HDMI connection. Active Noise Control, an advanced noisecancelling system that actively combats ambient noise in the cabin of the two pricier models, and ensures that occupants of the new CR-V can enjoy the audio system’s performance to the full.
Active safety systems include ABS anti-lock control, augmented by electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) for the all-disc braking system, as well as Honda’s proprietary agile handling assist (AHA), vehicle stability assist (VSA) and hill start assist (HAS) systems. Also included is a driver attention monitor that measures driver attention and delivers audible and tactile alerts. The system continuously monitors and assesses driver behaviour behind the wheel.
In line with its rangetopping status, the 1.5T Exclusive is offered with Honda’s comprehensive set of Advanced driver assist systems (ADAS): a comprehensive array of active systems aimed at assisting the CR-V driver to safely deal with hazardous driving conditions. Collectively known as Honda Sensing, they comprise collision mitigation braking (CMBS) with forward collision warning (FCW), road departure mitigation (RDM) with lane departure warning (LDW), adaptive cruise control (ACC) with low speed following (LSF) and lane keeping assist (LKAS).
Additional driver-assistive technologies include lanewatch, blind spot monitoring and auto high beam lights.
The range is backed by a comprehensive five-year/ 200 000km warranty, as well as a five-year/90 000km service plan. Also included is a three-year AA Road Assist package. Scheduled services are at 15 000km intervals for the 2.0-litre models, and 10 000km for the 1.5-litre turbo variants.