HONDA CR-V VTI-LX

South Burnett Times - - MOTORING -

$ 47,750-$ 49,350 DRIVE- AWAY 19 POINTS VALUE

Safe and smart — at least in range-top­ping guise — this Honda has a lot go­ing for it in terms of fam­ily du­ties. Honda has a solid five-year war­ranty, but ser­vice in­ter­vals are 12 months or 10,000km, which is less than the av­er­age per­son drives each year. Costs are capped at $295 for each visit. Driv­ing Aus­tralia’s an­nual av­er­age dis­tance will in­volve four trips amount­ing to $1180.

DE­SIGN/TECH

A seven-inch screen is smaller and less easy to use than ri­vals but en­ables smart­phone mir­ror­ing. There’s plenty of stowage space and room in the first two rows of seats — the third row is re­served for chil­dren. Boot space with all seats in use is 150L, ex­pand­ing to 472L with the third row folded.

EN­GINE

The 1.5-litre turbo (140kW/240Nm) is an en­thu­si­as­tic per­former held back by a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion that des­per­ately wants to save the world by min­imis­ing fuel use. That can come at the ex­pense of ac­cel­er­a­tion, es­pe­cially off the line. Fuel use is rated at 7.4L/100km and the CR-V needs only reg­u­lar un­leaded.

SAFETY

The VTi-LX is the only CR-V with ac­tive safety soft­ware, in­clud­ing au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, lane-keep as­sist and adap­tive cruise con­trol. That’s good with­out com­ing close to the tech­nol­ogy in the Forester. ANCAP tested it last year and it scored an im­pres­sive 35.76/37.

DRIV­ING

The bal­anc­ing act be­tween com­fort and cor­ner­ing is one of the CR-V’s strengths. It ul­ti­mately favours com­fort, mean­ing it irons out ev­ery­thing from low-speed humps to high­way cor­ru­ga­tions with­out wal­low­ing when rolling through a turn. The steer­ing is life­less but di­rect and ac­cel­er­a­tion is OK with­out ri­valling the bench­mark Volk­swa­gen Tiguan.

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