Honda CRV 2013 2 0L iVTEC Malaysia Test Drive Review — Volkswagen Golf Variant

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DRIVEN: Honda CR-V tested in Thailand

UPDATE: The new CR-V has been officially in Malaysia, read our launch here

With more five million examples in the last 18 years, the Honda that erstwhile comfortable vehicle, has been every bit the story, and in recent times much the class-defining compact SUV act.

Not bad, considering the first stab at it with the RD1 from 1995 was a bit of a shot in the rough around the edges, the first own-designed sport wasn’t all that elegant, but it did an important stepping stone for the The second one, also a RD but a four suffix attached, was a better fleshed-out offering, but the design was still more than pretty, lacking charm and grace.

The jigsaw fell into place the RE, and it is with the outgoing third-gen that the CR-V name is in the eyes of the consumer. Here at was the Honda compact SUV all grown up – car-like in its driving feel and than its predecessors, with of refinement and perceived value, the RE and it sold well enough to see off the through the early days and the facelift, which arrived in

With rivals’ offerings up, however, led by the likes of the Mazda that hold has begun to and the arrival of the fourth-generation RM is timely for the The question is, does the fresh have what it takes to the benchmark? Let’s find

The third-gen isn’t quite but with tastes ever and the clamour for a fresh view hovering about, reinvention has necessary. As such, number represents a change in outlook – the concept has evolved from the comfort driving’ of the outgoing to what the company tags as a smart SUV’.

What really translates to is a five-seater utility vehicle with leanings and even more driving dynamics. Apparently, the of the perfect balance between a car and an SUV every element of the development including the exterior styling.

Shape-wise, it’s not revolution, but the rounded vessel has been by a far tauter appearance, obviously by the competition as well as demands of the

The rakish silhouette is winsome first glance, especially the ignoring that rear assembly and the suggestion of Volvo XC 60 in it. The cab profile offers a more stance, and that front end is to say the least. Taken on its own, not that noticeable, but park it to the third-gen and you’ll see a higher and a pretty bulky face, led by an three-bar grille.

Elsewhere, the fenders are bolder, and a shark fin streamlines things further. The gets new design alloys still 17-inch five units, but now wider at 17×7 the 17×6.5 previously, wrapped 225/65 tyres.

Aerodynamic abound, from optimised for the front bumper and rear end as as rear spoiler to the inclusion of under covers on the bottom of the car and wheel-arches.

The new CR-V looks and more athletic, and in terms of stretches the tape at 4,545 mm and 1,685 mm tall. The dimensions veer off too much from the RE, but I’m a bit puzzled to the height measurements; the is listed at 1,680 mm tall, and the new one is to be 30 mm lower, which should make it 1,650 mm. The side-by-side pix of both current and new CR-Vs during the Thai drive visibly show up a height

No change to the width from the model, which remains at mm, or to the wheelbase’s 2,620 mm, but front and overhangs have been by 10 mm and 15 mm respectively. Interior width has been increased, with 75 mm space to be had, door-to-door.

numbers, since we’re at particular game. Ground is 170 mm, while kerb weight is kg (for the 2.0 litre). The seating is now lowered by 30 mm, but offers the same viewpoint as the third-gen.

The steering has been reduced by 10 mm to 370 mm, and in terms of capacity, there’s 589 litres of space, extending to 1,648 with the rear seats down, good enough to get a of mountain bikes in.

Five colours are available for the market – retained are Taffeta Crystal Black, Alabaster and Polished Metal, with a new called Twilight Blue Urban Titanium in the palette. The in particular works well on the

So far, so good. Move and the new interior looks sharp first glance. The new instrument is easy on the eye, and traditionalists like that the fuel and gauges are now back to analogue, in their own space to the right of the speedometer.

The dashboard now displays angular lines, and a five-inch LCD intelligent-Multi Info Display sits top centre, and offers of audio display, fuel or an ‘analogue’ clock, also up as a viewing screen for the rear that comes standard the vehicle.

New items include an function button and rear vents in the centre console, a addition, and the headlamps now come a 15-seconds auto-off function if you to switch the beam off. The wheel audio/cruise control have been retained, but been updated in layout

Elsewhere, the rear seat rests can now be folded in addition to adjustment, and the rear 60:40 seats are fully foldable in fashion, accomplished in a single-motion the pull of a lever.

The new CR-V be available here in two engine the familiar 2.0 litre form being launched later as well as in 2.4 litre guise, will be introduced closer to Differences include seat – the 2.0 litre wears a new suede design, while the 2.4 comes in leather. Both are finished in

The 2.0 litre gets a standard audio system with camera, while the 2.4 will with an integrated two-DIN colour QVGA (480 x 234 touchscreen with Garmin and RDS.

The 2.4 also features kit, naturally. There’s sensing wipers, paddle 18-inch five twin-spoke eight-way power seats, telephone connectivity, HID headlamps and keyless entry/push-start ignition. the 2.0 litre continues to make do a keyed ignition, but the key has been to a jack-knife design.

Doesn’t sound too bad, it? After a while though, it as rosy as painted. Given the vehicle’s fundamentals are utility and some design cues the question of whether form has precedence over function, and some areas look or haven’t really been from the third-gen.

The third-gen is very familiar, simply we happen to have one at home, a facelift version, and this was the utilised in our five SUV shootout in The other half loves its and the practicality it offers, none so than with the void between the centre console and great space for a handbag, even the odd small umbrella. great for a driver changeover the passenger seat without to be too unladylike, as observed on many an

Well, that unique is gone. The new CR-V goes the route by joining up the console and and the redesign removes the space, as as the two cupholders and flip panel/slide storage bins of the centre Replacing it is a single console three cupholders and a storage

You do get two 12V power receptacles (one away in the storage box), and the USB has been relocated – from the storage space on the dashboard on the – to a more accessible location the storage box, but the old system as well, if not better from a point of view. Three seems like overkill, for the thirsty, and that storage box all that big, really.

importantly, the sense of spaciousness and around the knee area is with the arrival of the new centre I suppose if you’re attempting to ‘more car-like driving’ as a point, then it makes to lay things out car-like as well, but I get the many are going to miss space.

Some other also don’t quite up under close scrutiny. The of Bluetooth telephony in this day and age is a omission, as are DRLs in the scheme of even if not having HIDs – for the 2.0 – is Elsewhere, the new audio system looks less classy before; where the old was elegant, lit up at night, the new one is much less so. big buttons don’t help

There’s also less of a of occasion than before. The new design and fresh layout it well enough, but vis-a-vis the the materials feel less to sight and touch. The door armrest shows it up best – the old was clothed, the new has an expanse of bare and not the least textured at that. And silver finish on the dash strip and gear lever panel doesn’t look too

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In defense of it all, the design of CR-V came about trying times, with the downturn of a few years back shaping prudence and conservative witness the current ninth-gen with which the new CR-V common ground, as an example of The rest of the vehicle doesn’t cut on things, but in terms of finish, the has become more noticeable in the of toughened competition offering in the way of kit and dress.

Still, aside some questions asked design cues and material areas like safety and NVH been skimped on. Like the CR-V, the fourth-gen comes dual front and dual airbags, making for four, as as VSA, ABS and EBD, but the evolved VSA now includes traction control and start assist.

The current didn’t come with points on the rear seats, but the new now has them, good news for needing such mounts. In areas, the centre rear now gets a three-point seatbelt, and improvements include a stronger and supporting pillars.

As for NVH, the new feels decidedly quieter and refined than its predecessor, that was evident very during the drive from to Bangkok. Improved sound and sound absorption materials their way on to the firewall, floor, door panels and tailgate lid as as inside the rear fenders, and a isolating lower seal has added as well.

Three dB than the third-gen in the 500Hz-5kHz – coupled to improved absorption across the range – might not like much, but in actual is noticeable, translating to a more and quieter experience.

Another area of improvement is takeup from standstill, the 2.0 mill from the Civic some welcome pace off the With 155 PS at 6,500 rpm and 190 Nm at 4,300 there’s only a marginal in output, but the perkier character of the lends the new CR-V a brighter and makes it feel less

The 2.4 K24A, meanwhile, feels lazier than the 2.0 in stop-start and conditions, but shines when space and enough throttle The 190 PS at 7,000 rpm and 222 Nm at 4,300 rpm lump’s has a silkiness to it missing from the displacement unit, and it retains its far better when pushed.

As for the automatic that both wear, nothing negative to – it really doesn’t miss an cog, with clean and good transition aspects

The McPherson strut front and rear suspension geometry unchanged, though it has been with a 10% increase in damper The ride is perceptibly that bit on the 2.0 litre over its predecessor, but is supple, and aided by the improved NVH for an able long-hauler. I can’t how the 2.4′s measures up against but it’s noticeably harder than the 2.0.

Given the emphasis on sedan-like driving and good driving performance, have been interesting to put the to the test beyond the scope of running. A quick jaunt the hint of a keen and agile and you get the sense that its composure and improve on the third-gen’s by a fair We’ll have more to on this when the CR-V comes in for review.

I’m undecided the steering on this one, The switch to a motion adaptive EPS the existing hydraulic power-assist does offer a faster and rack, which is great for use.

It is however devoid of when it comes to on-centre and gets twitchy when and this vagueness takes shine off the improved dynamic elsewhere. The existing hydraulic is so much better in terms of and communication, but most drivers miss it, and will think the lighter offering to be a boon.

On the whole, the new CR-V takes the old one did well, and improves on the things count. Specification-wise, it does feel a bit bare-boned in its 2.0 litre amplified all the more by the equipment rattled off by some of its keenest which have also far sharper looking tools.

So, you think that the skies look as clear for it as it did for the third-gen it arrived on the scene, and the ability to the benchmark will be severely by the likes of the CX-5 and, in the future, the Ford Kuga. mastery of them no guarantee.

But would be without taking account the badge behind the and the legacy gained by the third-gen RE. under such consideration, the should continue cementing the with buyers quite

I have a perfect example of how thought process is served, and it very close to home. years on, the other half is of replacing her third-gen CR-V and I’ve been steering her to at the possibility of exploring new avenues on the SUV Yet, when the time I have more than a that its replacement will be its everything else be damned.

is the clout then, and so, prepare to the once and future king.

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