Honda CR-V Review

By Suchorita Dutta   |  October 23, 2013


Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. (HSCI) was formed in December 1995 as a joint venture between Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Japan and Siel Limited, a Siddharth Shriram Group company. In India, HSCI takes the honor to introduce Honda's latest eye-catchy passenger car models and technologies to the customers. HSCI set up its manufacturing unit in the year 1997 at Greater Noida, U.P. The company presented to the nation its first car -- the Honda City -- which diversified the Indian passenger car market and earned the name for its engineering genius in the Indian automobile industry. Subsequently, HSCI launched its high-end models, the Accord and the CR-V. Honda Siel has categorised the CR-V in the first-class sedan section, in addition to the SUV segment, and sold more than 1,200 CR-Vs in the first year of the its launch. Sold in more than 160 countries, CR-V is among remarkably best-selling vehicles from Honda globally, with an unbelievably increasing growth rate capturing the market. The CR-V comes in three variants - 2WD MT, 4WD MT and 4WD AT. The CR-V, which was introduced in India within a few months of its global launch, embodies its importance in the Indian market. The Honda CR-V will provide its customers with fascinating comforts of a sedan and strength of an SUV. The car will also add a garnished touch to one’s lifestyle. Destined to attract customers and defined to envy others, it has a dynamic assembling of technology and never-dreamt-about design.

Powertrain & Performance

The Honda CRV is a mid-sized SUV that has a choice of two engines. The 2WD is powered by a 2.0L i-VTEC engine that generates 143 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2WD gives a cool mileage of 13.1 kmpl. The 4WD is mated with a 2.4L i-VTEC engine that shoots out 218 Nm of torque and a power of 161 bhp. This engine comes with two types of gearbox in two different variant and delivers a decent fuel economy of 11.1 kmpl. A highly rigid body and fully independent suspension result in a quiet cabin and smooth, agile handling performance. For that sporty drive and handling, a 6-speed manual transmission is present, wherein the additional gear lowers the rpm speed and brings down the engine noise. The 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control System further gives a smooth and graceful performance. Honda’s advanced technology has proved its ability in providing its customers with quality and classy vehicles. The CR-V is an SUV with car-like handling features. Honda's creative and undaunted real-time All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system supplies Front Wheel Drive (FWD) operation in normal circumstances, levering (change) to 4WD whenever required, depending on driving conditions. A distended clutch and firmer transmission parts team up to distribute extra torque to the rear wheels. It is interesting to know that only a fragile touch on the pedal is needed to feel the power of the CR-V. Honda's i-VTEC technology and Drive-by Wire Throttle System inspires one to drive far. A dream is not a dream anymore for Honda car lovers.

Build & Styling

A dynamic and expressive forward cabin blesses the CR-V identity, giving it a sculpted and rugged lower body appearance. A new two-step front grille and a side profile with an arched window shape accent the CR-V's distinctive and upscale presence. The new Honda CR-V flaunts a re-sculpted hood and a new front bumper and rear bumper design as well as oval shape fog lamps. The new CR-V comes with painted bumpers that emphasize its outstanding presence. The CR-V has been presented with standard body-coloured units, which look classier and ostentatious. A large chrome grille and headlamps with dual circular essentials give it a pedestal to stand ahead. A new sleek 10-spoke alloy wheel design replaces the previous 7-spoke alloy wheel design and gives the SUV a more sporty look as well as aggressive stance. The all-new CR-V's refined cockpit is very impressive because of its dynamic dashboard and plush leather upholstery. The overall interior coloured scheme of the new Honda CR-V has been brightened and imparts a more premium look with chrome finish in audio controls and gear knob and coordinated coloured changes in the dashboard and centre console. The centrally located LCD meter display is now blue in coloured with design changes in the indicators for improved decipherability. The vanity mirror is equipped with a light to assist visibility during darkness. The music system of the CR-V now features a new USB port in the upper glove compartment. Dual Climate Control, adjustable tilt-telescopic steering, multi-info display and an ultra-silent cabin; all assure one of a great driving pleasure. The CR-V comes with an electrically operated sunroof as a standard feature and the 4WD models come with a steering-mounted Cruise Control system with illuminated controls to ensure comfort and convenience for the customer with one-touch operation. The safety features in the revamped CR-V have been upgraded with six airbags, Dual SRS Airbags, Side-Curtain airbags and Side Airbags with Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and strong vehicle bodies that very effectively master over crash during a collision. Honda addresses this as G-Force Control Technology or G-CON (the strategy is to control the G-forces that passengers can experience during a collision). G-FORCE Control Technology verifies the body framework and allows the collision energy to manage efficiently. The CR-V is 'Crash Compatible' when it stands with other vehicles. Other safety measures comprise alert engine, sophisticated suspension, active brake and steering and a clear arena of vision for the driver.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Gorgeous looks
    • Invincible in swamp and mountains
    • Brawny and well-built
    • Great ground clearance
  • Cons

    • No diesel engine