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Honda’s fifth generation CR-V mid-size SUV – not the latest but still very competitive

David Berthon

The Honda CR-V really started the SUV revolution back in 1997 quickly becoming
the vehicle of choice for mums taking their kids to school. Today in its fifth
generation it remains Honda’s best seller. An all-new model is due to surface next
year however the current model can still hold its head high in what is our most
competitive market segment. Five two-wheel drive and two all-wheel drive
models. I drove the two-wheel drive VTi X and the top-spec all-wheel-drive VTi LX
– both 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder driving through a CVT automatic. Honda has
now adopted a no discount fixed price policy – the VTi X at $41,500 drive-away
offering the best balance of features to price. Honda quality is one of the best in
class and performance wise the 1.5-litre turbo four is lively but loses a little
sparkle at times driving through the CVT or continuously variable transmission
and I averaged 8.6L/100km on 91RON petrol. As is said earlier, the CR-V offers a
very well packaged cabin with great passenger and luggage space and features
most active safety elements apart from rear cross traffic alert. Whilst it may not
be the latest design the Honda CR-V’s strengths are quality, practical space and
low running and service costs. Warranty five-years/unlimited km. I’m David

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David Berthon