2017 Honda CR-V

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The all-new fifth-generation CR-V has gained further sophistication and maturity. Both the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 define the SUV genre for urbanites rather than off-road use. Whilst the RAV4 is popular with the young and sporty, the CR-V seems to appeal to more matured types. Honda obviously profiled CR-V potential buyers when developing the new, fifth generation model. From the way it looks, the new variant seems to have matured further and grown up in more ways than one.

HONDA CR-V


On the outside, the new CR-V’s styling is an evolution of previous models. The new model has an even more elegant and sophisticated approach to its exterior styling. The previous model’s distinctive double floating grille nose has been ditched in favour of Honda’s current nose treatment. One thing that has not disappeared: the high-mounted taillights that have been a CR-V trademark since the very first generation back in the late 1990s.

At 4,585mm in length, 1820mm wide and 1685mm height, the new CR-V is pretty similar in dimensions to the model it replaces but the more sloping rear and the curvaceous C-pillar treatment have somehow managed to make the new model look noticeably longer than the previous one. All in all, the new CR-V is a very well-proportioned mid-sized SUV with the right mix of looks.

Inside, the new CR-V is where CR-V buyers will notice the difference between previous and new models. The new cabin displays huge improvements in terms of quality, quietness and comfort.

Versatility is another virtue of the new CR-V’s interior. Storage spaces abound, there is a large glove compartment on the dash as well as large door bins and a nice, well-shaped storage space between the front seats. At the rear, passengers enjoy good amounts of head and legroom. The boot is massive and well-shaped, 522-litres with a completely flat floor. Overall, quality levels are high, with no cost cutting measures in evidence like in the recent launched Civic.

The equipment list is pretty long for the base level CR-V. You get as standard - LED headlights, front fog lights, auto wipers, dual-zone climate control, 7-inch advanced display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, smart keyless entry with push-button start, 17-inch alloys (plus full-size alloy spare wheel), side and curtain airbags, ABS, TSA (Trailer Stability Assist) and vehicle stability control system.

For the first time ever, the new Honda CR-V is offered with a turbocharged 1.5-litre DOHC direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine, closely related to the 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine offered in the new Honda Civic hatch and sedan – creamy smooth and performs eagerly. According to Honda, maximum power of 140kW at 5,600rpm and torque of 240Nm at 2,000-5,000rpm provide the new CR-V with the most powerful production example of this engine family.

Mated to the engine is a continuously variable automatic transmission with front or all-wheel drive. The transmission is smooth and seamless in its operation. Steering wheel mounted paddles can be used to manually select gears when lever is in “S” mode.

With power only going through the front wheels, it is not difficult to spin them. Drive this SUV into the corner and it will surprise you with its tight body control – the body roll is minimal for such a tall vehicle. Honda chassis engineers have done a fantastic job using MacPherson strut front suspension and double wishbone rear for maximum on-road handling. The steering is also a fine communicative tool – displaying nice amounts of feedback, and it is reasonably sharp and precise.

The new Honda CR-V is remarkably car-like to drive. With utility, quality, quietness, Honda dependability, smooth engine and gearbox, it is well-equipped and refined. It certainly makes the new CR-V an even more convincing SUV than ever before.
    2017 Honda CR-V VTi 2WD:

  • Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
  • Output: 140kW/240Nm
  • Transmission: CVT automatic
  • Fuel: 7.0L/100km (ADR Combined)
    2017 Honda CR-V VTi-S 2WD:

  • Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
  • Output: 140kW/240Nm
  • Transmission: CVT automatic
  • Fuel: 7.3L/100km (ADR Combined)
    2017 Honda CR-V VTi-S AWD:

  • Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
  • Output: 140kW/240Nm
  • Transmission: CVT automatic
  • Fuel: 7.4L/100km (ADR Combined)
    2017 Honda CR-V VTi-L (7-seat) 2WD:

  • Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
  • Output: 140kW/240Nm
  • Transmission: CVT automatic
  • Fuel: 7.3L/100km (ADR Combined)
    2017 Honda CR-V VTi-LX AWD:

  • Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
  • Output: 140kW/240Nm
  • Transmission: CVT automatic
  • Fuel: 7.4L/100km (ADR Combined)
  • 2017 Honda CR-V VTi 2WD: $30,690 (plus on-road costs)
  • 2017 Honda CR-V VTi-S 2WD: $33,290 (plus on-road costs)
  • 2017 Honda CR-V VTi-S AWD: $35,490 (plus on-road costs)
  • 2017 Honda CR-V VTi-L (7-seat) 2WD: $38,990 (plus on-road costs)
  • 2017 Honda CR-V VTi-LX AWD: $44,290 (plus on-road costs)


  • Servicing: Honda’s ownership promise includes a five-year/100,000km warranty, while capped-price servicing is also available – intervals for both engines are set every 10,000km or twelve months (whichever occurs first), up to 100,000km. Maintenance will average out at about $300 per visit.