The CR V model series produced by the well-famed HCIL is an SUV, which is available in 4 trim levels. Among these, Honda CR V 2.4L 4WD AT is the top end variant. To start describing its beauty, one can look through its interiors that are done up with premium sienna beige color scheme and metallic inserts, which serve as highlighters. The best part about this vehicle is its elegantly structured exteriors owing to the attractive features like unique pair of headlamps, a stylish set of alloy wheels, a shark-fin antenna and an electric sunroof. Powering this utility vehicle is a 2.4-litre petrol engine, which is capable of producing 187.4bhp combined with a peak torque of 226Nm. This SUV is equipped with an advanced ECO assist system featuring an ECON mode, that can adjust the performance of its engine and reduces its fuel consumption. Its huge internal cabin can host seating for at least five passengers. An attractive 2-year standard + 2-year extended warranty or 80,000 kilometers, (whichever is earlier) is also provided.
This vehicle comes in five body paint options for the buyers to choose from. It has an attractive overall body composition, which is decorated with classy aesthetics. Its frontage has a chrome plated grille designed with three horizontally positioned slats. The bold headlight cluster flanks it that has HID projector based headlamps and turn indicators. Adding to this is the dual tone bumper along with a wide air intake section and a pair of round shaped fog lamps. On the other hand, its rear end has a boxy design, but at the same time looks attractive. This is owing to the neatly crafted tail lamp cluster and a boot lid. While, the bumper is fitted with a chrome plated exhaust pipe along with a pair of reflectors. There is a chrome plated appliqué along with company's badge on its boot lid that adds to its look. The sides have protective body cladding all over, which gives a rugged look. The wheel arches are fitted with a robust set of 17 inch alloy wheels that are covered with 225/65 R17 sized tubeless radials. Its external wing mirrors are in body color, while the door handles and the window sill are garnished in chrome.
It is a five seater trim with a large cabin and storage space. Its interiors are done up with Sienna Beige dual tone color scheme. The driver seat has lumbar support, while the rear seats have 60:40 split folding facility. These seats are covered with leather upholstery, enhancing the luxury. The front seats have a sliding armrest, while the rear seats have a center armrest featuring two cup holders. Its dashboard looks very sleek and is equipped with an instrument cluster that has quite a lot of notifications and warning lamps keeping the driver updated at all times.
Engine and Performance:
This trim is affixed with a 2.4-litre, i-VTEC based petrol motor that has the ability to displace about 2354cc. This mill has a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration along with four cylinders which further has 16-valves in them. This engine is incorporated with programmed fuel injection system, which helps in generating 12 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions. It can produce 187.4bhp at 7000rpm in combination with a peak torque of 226Nm at just 4400rpm. All its four wheels will draw torque output through a 5-speed automatic transmission, which is also incorporated with a 'Realtime 4WD' system.
Braking and Handling:
This is one of the most important section of any vehicle and the car maker has left no room for error. All its four wheels are incorporated with disc brakes, which are further augmented by the combination of anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. As far as the suspension is concerned, its front axle has McPherson struts and rear one gets a double wishbone type of system. Coil springs and torsion stabilizers are also fitted to further enhance the handling ability, which also reinforces its stability.
Starting with an automatic air conditioning system, which has an independent dual zone feature, to all its doors having integrated power windows with one-touch operation, this variant has it all. Wrapped under the leather upholstery are the spongy seats that are quite comfortable. Its driver seat has power adjustment in 8 ways. There is an armrest at the center, which has a couple of cup holders. The audio and video navigation system is integrated with a 6.1 inch touchscreen that has WMA/MP3 player support along with iPOD, USB device support. Bluetooth connectivity can be enjoyed further with handsfree module that is mounted onto the steering wheel.
This top end trim comes with an ACE (advanced compatibility engineering) based body structure, which is designed to absorb and distribute the collision impact, so as to avoid fatal injuries to its occupants. There are other passive safety features which include dual front air bags with supplemental restrain system plus side and curtain airbags. Offering a stronger hold over the vehicle are an anti-lock braking system that is coupled with an electronic brake distribution mechanism. This braking system is supplemented with a hill start and a foot type brake along with a security alarm. It has speed sensing auto door locks that can be customized according to preferred speed limits. An engine immobilizer is also present that keeps vehicle thefts at bay.
1. Price tag is reasonable as against the comfort offered.
2. Scores well in the safety zone as well.
1. It is not economical in terms of fuel consumption.
2. External appearance can be given more tweaks.