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New Honda CR-V in India: Review







VEHICLE SUMMARY:

  • Name: Honda CR-V
  • Type: SUV
  • Top Speed: 190 kmph.
  • Fuel Consumption: 6.9-7.2 kilometers per liter
  • Price: Rs. 19,95,000 – Rs. 27,00,000

The New Honda CR-V is a compact, reliable SUV. Compared to its previous version, rigidity of body has been increased by 9 per cent, fuel efficiency increased by 13 per cent and it is made lighter by nearly 122kgs with improved consistency. It has four variants, all with slightly differing features.

A balancing act has been maintained by Honda in terms of styling of their new product. It is effortlessly recognizable as a CR-V, but with numerous added features. The body is full of sharp looking details and panels have been fitted with tighter clothing that hugs the body tighter, with a lot of creases and cuts all over. The tail lights are mounted high, which have been evolved from the present car. The three quarter window at the rear stands out among all of this; it gradually shrinks and meets at a point.

New Honda CR-V in India

New Honda CR-V Exterior

Honda Motors have exceeded everyone’s imagination when it came to delivering the new version of CR-V, which leaves a strong mark of reliability. The grille looks very prominent and the 2-step format has added a lot of character to the car. It comes with new, sharp, four bulb headlamps made of halogen which blend profusely with the grill, rather into it. Thus perfect symmetry is maintained. The oval fog lamps gel very well with the outer face of CR-V. The skirts at the side run down from the front till the back end of the SUV and are bestowed with a muscular look which in a way tones down the heavy image of the car. The rear end is endowed with a new look as well, by assembling the tail lamps in an elongated grid. What takes away the cake is the sunroof which is operated electrically. A panoramic view is obtained of the sky above, but only the required amount of natural light is allowed to filter in. The external rear view mirrors – integrated with turn indicators –are body-colored, and they are foldable, allowing them to be folded up when not being used. The slanting windscreen has green-tinted glass, offering an unobstructed view to the driver, and it is not so bright that it makes driving uncomfortable on sunny days.  It also adds to the rugged look of the car.  The wheels are 17” ten spoke alloy ones, and offer the perfect grip on the most difficult of terrains, such as mountain ranges. There is an aluminium color-painted strip that runs at the seam of the car, which is actually a scratch resistant surface, assuring the buyer that any mud splashes on the car can be wiped off with ease without compromising on the car’s surface and body.  The newly designed SUV is thus perfect for the old and young alike, without requiring the driver to give in a lot of effort.

Honda CR-V Exterior

Interior

The New Honda CR-V can comfortably accommodate five people.  The interior aesthetics of the car are worth praising. Compared to the old Honda CR-V, the interiors of the new premium CR-V are a class apart.  The owner of the new Honda CR-V will have an endless list of features to boast about as Honda has taken care to include first-class, luxury features in the car. The interiors are done up in tones of soft ivory, while the leather upholstery is black, giving it a very sophisticated look and feel. The interiors are laid out very intelligently, with a ratio of 40:20:40, ensuring ample space for the front occupants and adequate legroom for the passengers on the rear seats. The cockpit and boot area is spacious as well, offering enough room to keep luggage for longer drives.

Starting from the provision of a sunglass holder to a vanity mirror with a light, Honda has taken a lot of effort to make sure that the passengers are happy. The console offers room enough to carry about 12 CD cases for passengers to entertain themselves. The audio system of the car has a built-in CD player with USB port and Aux-in. Apart from this, there is also the AM/FM radio. There are a total of six speakers, ensuring surround sound for both the front and rear seat passengers. No stone has been left unturned to ensure that the passengers are never bored, and can always find plenty on hand for entertainment.

The 3 spoke steering wheel has cruise controls and audio controls on its two sides giving the driver the opportunity to multitask without having to divert focus from the roads. The LCD screen, which is behind the steering wheel, hands out useful information to the driver such as current speed and temperature, among others.  The temperature is tracked using the Auto-climate control. New and useful additions to the CR-V are cup holders for the rear seat passengers, and foldable armrests. This car also packs in the auto door lock feature, which is synchronized to operate automatically when high speed is detected.

New Honda CR-V Interior

Engine

The new Honda CR-V has robust, dynamic and aggressive engines, which ensure that the car runs smoothly and with good speed. The Honda CR-V 2.0L 2WD MT variant has a 2 liter i-VTEC engine and can push power up to 6000 rpm, plus 190 NM of torque, all at the rate of 4200. The engine is comprised of six-speed manual transmission. The Honda CR-V 2.4L 4WD AT variant has a 2.4 litre i-VTEC  engine is which is capable of churning out 161 BHP of crest power at 5800 rpm, and 218 Nm of peak torque at the rate of 4200 rpm. This variant has a five-speed gearbox.

New Honda CR-V Engine

Handling and Safety

The new Honda CR-V is an SUV that is very safe, and boasts of an Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure based on G-Con technology.  For total safety, there are 6 airbags – front dual airbags, side dual curtain airbags, and dual side bags. The car is equipped with an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) making it a very safe car.

2013 Honda CR-V

Verdict:

The New Honda CR-V scores high on its dynamic engine and its cozy, yet stylish interiors. The passengers are treated to a load of accessories, and it scores high on the entertainment factor as well. The interiors are spacious and comfortable, and the exteriors make it a very good car for long rides. On the flip side, it has a low fuel economy, and it might not be in a price range for everyone to afford. However, considering all the features it packs in, the new Honda CR-V is a car worth buying, as very few SUVs offer the kind of kind of features and variety that Honda bundles in this car.

2013 Honda CR-V Back View

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