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Honda’s new CR-V SUV – Roomy mid sized SUV without standing ride comfort

David Berthon

Driving the new mid-sized Honda CR-V SUV launched in September – the sixth
generation of a model that in many ways kick-started the SUV revolution. The
latest Honda CR-V sits on a 40mm longer wheelbase available in seven models
including a petrol/electric hybrid – depending on the model in a mix of front and all-
wheel-drive and five or seven-seat configuration. I drove the VTi L7, a front-wheel
drive seven-seater, the styling a little conservative but good looking, the body
well sized on the outside and exceptionally roomy inside. The 1.5-litre turbo
engine is a carry-over but further refined and linked to a CVT or continuously variable
automatic with manual paddle shifters and three selectable drive modes. The VTi
L7 at $53,000 drive-away is the pick of the range for a family but like most new
SUV’s pricing is up. Although so too is specification and the VTi L7 is very highly
equipped from an active safety, driver assist and comfort point of view but as a
seven-seater, it misses out on a full-size spare wheel. The fit and finish are excellent
with seat comfort, especially in the front a standout feature. Warranty: five-
year/unlimited kilometre with five-year service at $995 as good as it gets – drive
details next segment.

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David Berthon