The 2017 Honda CRV has come a long way in the battle for mid-sized family crossovers, it has been fighting for over two decades against Toyota’s then class defining RAV4. Now in its 5th Generation, Honda seems to have taken the lead with their all new and rather edgy looking CRV.
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The importance of the CRV lies in its ability to provide affordable Honda’s trademark reliability with a no-nonsense package for the mainstream customers of today’s urbanesque lifestyle. It had been conceived with the needs of a family in mind and that trait has grown into tech and connectivity along with finesse that are reserved for cars in higher segments. How did the 2017 Honda CR-V achieve this, well you need to read further.
The new CRV has grown in size, size that is not imposing but rather that shows comfort and value. The dimensions feels more right and frankly the design looks on point. Honda’s new design philosophy has started to trickle into their models from the launch of their Odyssey J. Their contemporary edgy designs along with minimalistic yet trendy interior layout design and material has brought a new level of playing field in its category. Most significant would be the increased length of the wheelbase and this is reflected with much more room inside.
The trademark large tail-light is present and is more stylized with intricate LED accents. Our model was the Touring with additional fit in optional items like the clip on spoilers and side steps which are not necessary for such a vehicle. The Touring trim comes in AWD format whereas lower trims such as the DX and the LX are available only in FWD format. What does this mean for the people living in the Middle East, well it all boils down to one’s budget, the 2017 Honda CR-V starts at AED 89,900 and tops at AED 126,000 for the Touring model.
Our tester came with leather seats and all the gizmos that are present in Honda these days. This includes a 7 inch infotainment system which is Apple CarPlay ready, comes with navigation which technically you don’t require once you connect your iPhone using CarPlay and most importantly a physical volume button. We were a bit shocked that the Civic and the Accord lost the traditional physical volume knob in favor of a fancy capacitive one. Storage is also sorted out as there are places to store anything you want all around the interior of the car in a cleverly sorted manner. The boot space and its ability to adapt in intelligent expansion is quite literally best in class as well as the one flick rear seat folding and extension which takes the stress out, these are clever everyday ergonomics which makes the new CRV ideal and alluring.
The ride is smooth with its suspension tuned for comfort rather than aggressive driving dynamics. This makes sense as we did not feel like canyon carving the moment we sat in the CR-V, it does not need to. It’s meant to drive its occupant in comfort anywhere. The 7 speed CVT transmission is 2nd Gen, which basically mimics the shift shocks of an automatic transmission. In other words, it’s slightly better in feel from their earlier attempt in CVT. We do understand the benefits of CVT as it translates into immediate power on tap as well as better fuel economy. We managed 12.8L/100Kms combined, it could have been lower if we took it for a longer trip rather than trips around town. The AC is just about ok in the summer, we expected freezing cold air but it was not the case.
Recently the Koreans have started an aggressive push in this segment and there are many options out there like the Hyundai Tucson and the Kia Sportage. But when it comes to ride comfort and space ergonomics, it’s quite hard to beat the CR-V. It does tick all the necessary boxes a family needs for their everyday transporter, a tough segment which Honda seems to have found the right key in the form of their new CRV.
Price and Specs:
|2017 HONDA CR-V|
|Gearbox||7 speed CVT, FWD/RWD|
|Rated Output||184 Hp at 6400 rpm|
|Rated Torque||244 Nm at 3900 rpm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||10.2 seconds|
|Fuel Consumption||12.8L/100KMS Combined|
|Price (AED)||89,900 – 126,000 as tested|