When we drove the CRV 2.0 Comfort earlier this year we were surprised with the package that Honda has delivered the market. The CRV has always been a strong seller and gives the buyer a good platform in terms of space and value for money.
The top of the range CRV Executive brings the bar up a little higher in this segment. While there are some good softies in the market, there are only a few which come close to this vehicle in terms of ride quality and an overall value for money feeling.
The CRV is powered by a 2.2 Common rail diesel engine, which is obviously turbocharged. It makes a relative industry-standard 110kw and 350nm, but it just seems so drivable and there always seems to be power available on the open road. Torque comes on pretty impressively in the 1st 3 gears and it’s no surprise that it will activate the traction control on a wet road. Fuel economy is also very impressive at an average of 7.5l/100km under completely mixed driving conditions. Most of the competitors are at least 1l per 100km heavier on fuel.
The CRV’s driving comfort reminds me so much of the brilliant Accord; with the interior being top quality and the level of feature just as high on the list. The stereo produces a good amount of volume through its 7 speaker setup. There is a USB jack and also iPod support as standard. Bluetooth audio is however an optional extra and I really hope Honda includes this as a standard feature in the future. The leather seats are electronically 8way adjustable for the driver, which also includes lumbar support. Heated seats are also a standard feature and also such a nice-to-have feature in winter. Dual zone electronically controlled climate control, with dust and pollen filters, will keep your interior air cool and clean.
The CRV has a realtime 4wd system which engages all-wheel drive when there is any slip detected on the front wheels. This means that it’s a predominantly FWD vehicle until its needed to switch to 4wd. The CRV comes standard with ABS with EBD, Emergency Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability and Trailer Stability Assist. Hi intensity discharge headlights make driving at night a pleasure with its auto leveling functions. It ensures that you always have sufficient visibility. Rain sensing wipers with auto headlights are also standard on this model, including an auto dimming rear view mirror.
Soft roaders are all about the benefits of taking your vehicle off the tarmac and venturing into the country. This is also where the CRV does absolutely brilliantly. With a moderate ground clearance of 170mm on this model, (185 on the comfort) it means you can still enjoy all that South Africa has to offer. This particular model can also tow up to 2 tons without any issue, which means it will tow your caravan literally anywhere!
The CRV 2.2 Dtec is one of the better models available if you need a diesel powered soft roader. The interior quality is on par with that of the Germans and the ride quality is, dare I say it, softer and most likely a little better.
Our model as tested came in at a price of R445 800 and comes standard with a 3 year 100 000km warranty and a 5 year, 90 000km service plan. Service intervals are every 15 000km and it’s recommended to run on 50 PPI diesel only.
For more info, check out Honda.co.za