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Honda CR-V is quicker than its predecessor

Talking further on Honda’s new fifth-generation SUV – in four grades – VTi, VT-iS, VTi-L and VTi-LX – One engine – 2.0-litre turbo linked to a much more dynamic CVT automatic – much improved with less slip and on higher grade models with manual paddle shifters. Prices start at $30,690 for the two-wheel- drive VTi, up $900 on the previous model but now claimed to have $2,800 in extra features – including a multi-angle reversing camera, an electric park brake, dual-zone climate control air and 17-inch alloys with a full size alloy spare. The next model up is expected to be the best seller – the VT-iS gaining 18-inch alloys, an electric tailgate which has some novel features, built-in satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors and active lane watch control. On the VT-iS all-wheel- drive adds $2,200. This latest Honda CR-V has noticeably more room in the cabin – helped by a 40mm longer wheelbase and more shoulder room. Good forward visibility too with cleverly designed slender A pillars.
This latest Honda CR-V has far better drive-ability – the previous model’s CVT or continuously variable automatic had too much slip when pushed hard – this latest version locks up far quicker and is far more controllable. A little road noise is perhaps it’s only vice but then again Honda have shod both 17 and 18 inch alloy wheels with 65-series tyres and they suit our poor country roads and provide a very nice ride.
Electric power steering with just 2.2 turns lock to lock is a high point. I’m David Berthon

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