Autodealer Women’s Choice Awards 2017: Honda CR-V

With cumulative global sales of nine million units in more than 150 countries, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V is the world’s best-selling SUV.

Completely redesigned and re-engineered from the ground up, the new and fifth generation Honda CR-V features a striking exterior design, and a more spacious, quieter cabin with extended rear legroom and an expanded cargo compartment. As has become the Honda norm, the latest CR-V’s pricing adopts an all-inclusive strategy, ensuring strong value, too.

Styling

The new Honda CR-V is a real head-turner that is both strikingly different while remaining unmistakably Honda.

Viewed in profile, the CR-V’s aerodynamic shape is even more apparent. The rear appearance is equally arresting, thanks to the inverted LED taillight clusters linked by a chromed garnish strip, positioned high up on a tailgate that extends all the way down to bumper level. The rear scuff plate is home to a pair of prominent exhaust tailpipes on 1.5T models, adding a sporty touch.

Interior

The new Honda CR-V boasts a cabin that is more spacious, thanks to a marked increase in wheelbase, as well as wider front and rear tracks. Rear passenger legroom has been boosted by a full 9cm, and there is more shoulder room both front and rear. The 60/40-split rear bench seat can be folded flat to expand cargo capacity, creating a completely flat loading floor in the process.

Ergonomically, one of the key interior highlights is the introduction of a full-colour TFT driver information interface, which replaces the previous model’s conventional analogue dials. Located in a dedicated binnacle directly ahead of the driver, the display is dominated by a graph-type rev counter, accompanied by a digital speedometer.

Drivetrains

The new Honda CR-V is offered with a choice of two drivetrains. The 2.0 Comfort and 2.0 Elegance models are powered by a refined version of the 2,0-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine employed in the previous CR-V.

The 1.5T Executive and 1.5T Exclusive models break new ground for the CR-V by offering turbocharged power for the first time. The 1 498cc turbo engine delivers [email protected] 600r/min and [email protected] 000-5 000r/min. The new turbo engine is again accompanied by Honda’s CVT gearbox, but is linked to an intelligent real-time AWD system that seamlessly transfers power from the front to the rear wheels when additional traction is required.

Model line-up and features

The new Honda CR-V range consists of four models, comprising a choice of two engines and four specification levels. Active safety systems include ABS anti-lock control, augmented by electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) for the all-disc braking system, as well as Honda’s proprietary agile handling assist (AHA), vehicle stability assist (VSA) and hill start assist (HAS) systems among others.

Honda’s first-ever turbocharged CR-V is offered with all-wheel drive only. In line with its range-topping status, the 1.5T Exclusive is the only CR-V offered with Honda’s comprehensive set of advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) – a comprehensive array of active systems aimed at assisting the CR-V driver to safely deal with hazardous driving conditions.

Pricing starts at R422 900 and include a comprehensive five-year/200 000km warranty, as well as a five-year/90 000km service plan.

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