Our recorded figures support the overall feeling of better all-round performance in this new CR-V and there is very little annoyance from slurring or whine from the CVT under full passing acceleration. Fuel economy over our test week was surprisingly aligned with the government figure of 7.3L/100km, although we did more highway kilometres than usual. The two-wheel-drive VTi-S riding on 235/60 18-inch tyres and aided by fluid-filled suspension bushes provided good ride quality over all types of roads. The electric power steering is nicely weighted for both town and country, and the high-riding body on strut-type front and multi-link rear suspension delivers notably well-controlled handling. Ground clearance on two-wheel-drive models has been raised by 28mm and on four-wheel-drive models by 38mm, adding a little more to CR-V’s modest adventuring capability.
One of the best attributes of this CR-V line-up is the high level of presentation and build quality across the range. Good design features and smart presentation are found in all variants. Pricing kicks off at $30,690 plus on-road costs for the VTi model, which includes dual-zone climate control, an eight-speaker audio system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights and active noise control.
Our two-wheel-drive VTi-S test car is from $32,290, or $35,490 in all-wheel-drive. It adds a powered tailgate, satellite navigation, dusk-sensing headlights, lane watch and 18-inch alloys. VTi-L is a seven-seat two-wheel-drive model only, priced from $38,990, and adds a panoramic sunroof, leather-appointed trim, heated electric front seats with lumbar support and rain-sensing wipers.
Top of the range VTi-LX is all-wheel drive only, and it gains Honda’s driver assistance technology plus LED active cornering lights, digital radio, privacy glass and auto-dimming rear-view mirror for $44,290.
Hondas are now covered by a five-year warranty, while the new equipment and base pricing adjustment effectively means added value to the tune of $2100 to $5800 across the model range.
Honda has revitalised its popular mid-size SUV, adding thoughtful design features to its generous space and practicality. Traditionally high build quality is now enhanced by CR-V’s sharp presentation and improved driving dynamics, which overall place it in class leadership contention.
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