Honda CR-V VTi 2018
The time of self-imposed automobile purgatory is good and truly behind Honda, with the brand currently finding itself in something in Australia.
The all-new Civic is insanely realistic (while the Type R version is just crazy), the HR-V is doing big things in the small SUV segment and even the aura NSX supercar is also very good, it doesn’t Operate anything, to be fair. But it’s undeniably cool, even if some Australians are standing up for a person.
And having just spent a week with the fifth-generation CR-V, tested here in entry level VTi, we had the feeling that the winning form would continue for a while longer.
Is there anything interesting about its design?
Most importantly, perhaps it doesn’t feel overly designed, with people using Honda’s crayons, having a more subtle design than the design you find on the Civic.
Outside, 17-inch alloy wheels are black on silver, a sharp body line and a bit aggressive around the wheel arches keep the side calm enough. And while the front end – with a large grille and plastic wrap, reverse sweeping headlights and bottom-mounted fog lights – doesn’t seem overly, it gives the CR-V a strong presence on the road.
Special mention on the front goes to HID LEDs, scans under the headlights, while a smart design makes them look like they continue into the center of the grille.
The rear look is less convincing, though the CR-V looks too tall and skinny from the rear, but the twin exhaust tips (even on this base-level VTi) add a bit of sophistication.
Inside, the cabin is anything except the entry level, with a digitally controlled digital transmission, a cleanly designed infotainment screen and a red glowing start button, all brings premium feeling to VTi cabin.
Elsewhere, two-tone fabric seats are ribbed through the center, and all materials feel good to the touch.
How realistic is the space inside?
In one word? Very. The CR-V is a big car, and it feels it in the cabin, with the front rider handling plenty of space to move. There are two cupholders, as well as two bonus storage spaces; a shallow bin, and a deeper central storage space than Atlantis can be divided into polite parts of a sliding separator. Two 12 volt power sources, double USB ports and HDMI connectors form a powerful technology ahead.
Climb into the back seat and space is really ridiculous; You can fill up the water and organize a pool party there. You need a tape measure to accurately measure the space between the knee and the front seat to my own driving position (five feet, nine inches), and there’s also a lot of clear air between my head and roof. .
There are two USB connections for rear seat driver and air vent without temperature control. Pull-down set is the place to store two bonus cups and there is space in each door to hold bottles. The rear seats are also home to three ISOFIX attachment points.
The boot is a wide, flat area, with simple handles to drop the rear seats 60:40. Seat up, has 522 liters to play, with that number increased to 1084 liters with them folded flat.
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with?
Our VTi is the entry point to the CR-V range, sitting below the VTi-S (also available with all-wheel drive) VTi-L and VTi-LX.
At a price of $ 30,690, VTi is not the cheapest way to become a mid-size SUV (such as the equivalent CX-5, which will return you $ 29,890, while the VTi 2017 is $ 29,790). But it is surprisingly equipped.
Requires 17-inch alloy wheels, close lock and external double chrome exhaust tips. Inside, the seven-inch CR-V touchscreen, equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and paired with an eight-speaker stereo.
In addition, the driver of the driver is a customizable LCD screen, while the dual zone climate, triggered by buttons and power windows also appear in the standard gift list.
What are the important statistics for engine and transmission?
VTi (like every CR-V) is equipped with a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder, paper-based engine, the sound is not particularly suitable for the job of transferring a large SUV. But in real terms and especially in the city, the capacity of 140kW at 5600 rpm and 240Nm at 2000 rpm is provided never feel discounted.
That engine incorporates an automatic CVT, sending its power to the front wheels in our test vehicle, or all four of you should give a model farther out in the family tree.
How much fuel does it consume?
Honda claims a 7.0L / 100km fuel usage figure on the combined cycle, but the onboard computer has read a stain on 10 liters after a week of mostly urban use.
Exhaust is a claim of 160g per km of C02.
What does it like to drive?
It is very interesting when there are no events, CR-V. And I don’t mean an insult, it’s more simple. Even intuitive. And even though it doesn’t serve much excitement, it doesn’t bring unexpected surprises.
Keep it noisy from beginning to mid-range of its rotation, and the 1.5-liter engine feels capable of changing the volume of 1536kg of VT, and the single gearbox is provided, auto CVT, Really very smooth and quiet in the city for a transmission of this type.
Some cracks appear when you ask for too many four cylinders, with the drone of the gearbox suddenly becoming more obvious, and sadly is not compensated by any benefits in the upward momentum. .
It also unexpectedly flattened through corners. Not in a sporty way, a lot, but certainly in a way that inspires confidence behind the wheel. The steering wheel also feels connected to the road below, and the brakes are really good, pulling the CR-V up easily.
But how does it really drive a fraction of the actual offered here, and the CR-V serves plenty of cabin space, easy visibility from the driver’s seat and, while it feels a big car , the fading bonnet helps to make tight navigation easy.
A comprehensive genuine, then. And one that marks a lot of SUV boxes.