The Honda CR-V is likely to be a very trouble-free car to own

Safety and After Sales Service – Safety features include 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Start assist, Agile Handle Assist, vehicle stability assist with traction control, driver attention monitor and ISOFIX Child Seat mounts. In terms of service, as we all know Honda has a good network across the country and in general customers have had pleasant experiences with the automaker.

The diesel CR-V makes a lot of sense for someone wanting a reliable urban SUV

Verdict – The new Honda CR-V has a lot to offer for the Urban SUV buyer. It looks the part and has great build quality in and out. The interiors are well laid with some great attention to detail. Both petrol and diesel engines perform well but, even though it’s low on power, we loved the diesel for its drivability and fuel efficiency. However the Honda CR-V is still not an ideal 7 seater but a great option to consider if you are looking for the swag of an SUV with sedan like driving dynamics.

The EarthDreams diesel engine is very fuel efficient

What’s Cool

* Interior quality
* Diesel power for the first time
* Sedan like dynamics
* Fuel Economy (Diesel)

What’s Not So Cool

* Limited 7-seater usability
* Small boot with 7-seats upright
* Diesel could have produced more power
* Even with 4WD, still not a true blue SUV

Alternatives: Skoda Kodiaq, Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass

The CR-V looks quite butch and tough

2018 Honda CR-V Specifications

* Engine: 1997cc i-VTEC | 1597cc i-DTEC
* Power: 154 PS @ 6500 RPM | 120 PS @ 4000 RPM
* Torque: 189 Nm @ 4300 RPM | 300 Nm @ 2000 RPM
* Transmission: CVT | 9-Speed AT
* Fuel Type: Petrol | Diesel
* Fuel Efficiency: 7 km/l (P), 10-11 km/l (D 4WD), 11-13 km/l (D 2WD)
* Suspension: McPherson Strut (Front), Torsion Bar (Rear)
* Tyre Size: 235/60/18 (Front and Rear)
* Brakes: Discs (Front), Discs (Rear), ABS
* Safety: Airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Hold, Traction Control, ISOFIX

2018 Honda CR-V Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 4592 mm X 1855 mm X 1689 mm
* Boot Space: Petrol – 522-litres; 1084-litres (2nd row fold); Diesel – 150-litres; 472-litres (3rd row fold); 936-litres (2nd & 3rd row fold)
* Wheelbase: 2660 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 57-litres
* Turning Radius: 5.5-metres
* Seating Capacity: 5 (Petrol), 7 (Diesel)

Would you buy a CR-V over a Kodiaq or Tucson?

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