With a launch date set for this October, the new Honda CR-V has a starting price of £21,395 in the entry-level front-wheel drive version. It is powered by Honda's 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. The range-topping model is the diesel 2.2 i-DTEC EX Automatic that’s priced at £32,650. The base 'S' model is available in two and four-wheel drive configurations with a manual gearbox.
Only models with four-wheel drive offer an automatic gearbox as an option. All CR-Vs offer the following as standard equipment: an i-MID multimedia system, air conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, hill start assist, idle stop, front fog lights, USB/auxiliary input, fabric upholstery, one-touch folding rear seats and cruise control.
The SE trim level gets a leather steering wheel and gearstick, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic headlights, parking sensors, rain-sensitive wipers, rear parking camera, six-speaker stereo, and a Category 1 alarm.
Meanwhile, the SR spec will get these additional features: leather and Alcantara interior, heated front seats, darkened privacy glass, DAB Radio, dynamic cornering lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, headlight washers, and manual height adjustment for the passenger seat.
EX trim, which is the top of the range level, gets smart entry, a full leather interior, an electric driver’s seat position memory, panoramic glass roof and integrated satellite navigation.
This new version of Honda CR-V debuts a perfect balance of an SUV and a car. Such philosophy influenced every aspect of the development including its exterior styling.
Manabu Konaka, the exterior designer said that the Honda CR-V was always considered a car for all occasions as it can be both formal and casual. It also comes with an aesthetic that must always convey reliability as well as solidity.
In this new version, the car’s length is reduced by 5mm and its height by 30 mm compared with the previous model with no reduction in the interior space.
Konaka said that such alteration is only one of the many examples of CR-V’s improved efficiency. Its design is incorporated with the car’s efficient, confident and functional nature though the fourth generation model still manages to establish its own identity despite it being instantly recognizable as a part of the CR-V series. With a much deeper sculpting in its bodylines combined with a much bolder nose section, this new version takes on a bolder and more aerodynamic stance.
Another highlight is the horizontal three-bar grille and deep-set headlights together with the smooth flowing lines of the front bumper. The enhanced lower front bumper is also designed to convey its SUV capabilities.
The trademark vertical rear brake lights featured in all generations of Honda CR-V remain but this fourth generation features a style that is more three-dimensional. Its bold wheel arches and large wheels also give further emphasis to its dynamic presence as well as its capability.