New derivative brings CR-V magic to a broader audience
Honda’s CR-V compact SUV has been a perennial class leader almost since launch. Thoroughly revised in 2010, the range will shortly be extended by the addition of a more affordable, 2,0-litre derivative.
The new Honda CR-V 2.0 Comfort is aimed at bringing the CR-V ownership experience to a broader motoring audience. It is powered by a 1 997 cc petrol engine fitted with Honda’s i-VTEC intelligent variable valve timing system.
Featuring twin camshafts, 16 valves and programmed fuel injection, the four-cylinder unit is credited with 110 kW of maximum power at 6 200 r/min. The torque peak of 192 Nm is reached at 4 200 r/min.
This latest CR-V derivative is available with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic gearbox.
REAL-TIME FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE
All CR-V models feature Honda’s Real-Time Four-Wheel Drive system, which seamlessly transfers a variable portion of power from the default front wheels to the rear as and when conditions require.
The independent suspension front and rear remains responsible for the CR-V’s highly regarded ride and handling prowess, regardless of the terrain negotiated.
Performance remains sprightly and responsive. The manual-gearbox model completes the 0-100 km/h sprint test in 10,2 sec, with the auto version stopping the clock as 12,2 sec. Top speed is 190 km/ and 177 km/h respectively.
The 2.0 Comfort Manual is credited with a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 8,1 litres/100 km. Its auto-gearbox stablemate achieves an almost identical figure of 8,2 litres/100 km for the combined cycle. The CO2 emissions ratings come to 192 g/km and 195 g/km respectively.
VERSATILE ON AND OFF THE ROAD
Now in its third generation, the CR-V mixes car and SUV characteristics, and fulfils a wide range of motoring and leisure travel needs with consummate ease. The 2.0 Comfort continues this tradition.
Its spacious, well-appointed cabin can be configured to suit various cargo and passenger load combinations. It blends efficient ergonomics and clever storage integration with contemporary architecture and premium materials, including the use of Alcantara fabric for the seats.
The comprehensive instrumentation employs a mix of analogue dials and digital readouts. Generous glass areas make for a bright and airy ambience, while allowing good, all-round visibility.
While it may be the most affordable model in the range, the CR-V2.0 Comfort is fitted with a full list of safety equipment. Included are front, side and curtain airbags, ABS anti-lock brakes, VSA vehicle stability assistance, TSA trailer stability assistance, and a tyre deflation warning system.
Externally, the CR-V 2.0 reflects the same ‘cab-forward’ design as the other models in the range, and also rides on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with low-profile rubber. The partly colour-coded bumpers add a rugged touch to the Honda’s personality.
At 556 litres with the rear seats in place, the cargo bay is generous, and expands to 955 litres with the rear seat tumbled forward. A space-saver spare wheel is standard.
Security items include an alarm/immobiliser system, central locking with remote keyless entry, speed-sensitive automatic locking, and a retractable tonneau cover.
The Honda CR-V 2.0 Comfort is covered by a three-year/100 000 km warranty, and a five-year/90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.