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Honda CR-V 1.5T Exclusive AWD CVT

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Confident and committed

As the world’s largest engine manufacturer and producing over 23-million units every year, Honda has some serious bragging rights, along with being one of the first compact crossovers, the CR-V can also proudly boast with a few impressive achievements. The latest model is certainly no exception to the rule and flaunts with a stylish design, great driving experience and an abundance of features. This 5th generation family vehicle tally’s up to over 9-million sales and is more than willing to impress. And the best part- you don’t have to pay through the nose to call this babe your own. 

The Concept

This compact SUV is the perfect travelling companion for any medium-sized family. It’s jam-packed with safety features that will set mom’s mind at ease, equipped with the latest audio technology for the kids to use and good off-road capability for dad to indulge in every once in a while.

The Look

The CR-V is a noticeable beaut. With 18-inch alloys it has a strong, bold stance and its silver trimmings give it a high-end and sophisticated appearance. Robust attributes like a skid accessory and roof rails hint at the vehicles sporty capabilities. The LED Halogen headlights are furnished with smart features such as Active Cornering Lights (ACL), Auto high beam (HSS), an auto-off timer, Daytime Running and an automatic levelling system paired with Led fog lights in the front and automotive windscreen wipers supply the driver with added comfort and safety when driving. Overall the CR-V is a sighty SUV and will be sure to turn heads, whether it’s in the supermarket’s parking lot, in the school’s pick-up zone or the queue at the nature reserve’s entrance.

The Feel

The inside is just as impressive with a neatly laid out fascia and leather seats. Behind the wheel, it’s also considerably comfortable thanks to the leather-clad steering wheel that adjusts tilt and telescope wise, and eight-way electrically adjustable seat that is also heated. The elevated seating position and sizable windows also make for brilliant visibility. Due to its remarkable size and lengthened wheelbase, the interior is healthily boosted with space and comfort, which is exactly what a family needs for a fab vacay- no elbow-knocking or forehead-smashing while reaching for the pretzels. All your luggage will also be easily swallowed by the substantial 552-litre boot (1 084-litres when the rear seats are folded) and can be conveniently accessed to a powered tailgate that has a programmable height feature. Dual-zone climate control with rear AC vents and a panoramic sunroof ensures plenty of refreshed fun on the trip as well.

The Features

The 7-inch infotainment system is equipped with Apple CarPlay, four speakers and four tweeters, Active Noise Control, HDMI Connectivity, USB ports conveniently in the front along within the rear, Bluetooth Connectivity, Hands Free Telephone (HFT) and, limited to the Exclusive derivative, standard navigation. The family won’t have any snags or hitches with connecting and pumping hits throughout the drive for fun sing-along sessions. 

Front and rear parking sensors with a rear view camera, Auto All electric windows, an interior auto-dimming rear view mirror, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, start-stop functionality, a remote controlled engine starter and smart exterior mirrors that are electrically retractable, heated, integrated with indicators and a reverse tilt mirror feature in the left mirror, reflects the CR-V’s intuitive technology. 

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Agile Handling Assist (AHA), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Automatic brake hold, Electronic Brake Booster (EBB), Tyre pressure monitoring system and a driver attention monitor have all been integrated to provide moms with peace of mind knowing that their family are safe and protected. Furthermore, it also has front, side and side curtain airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchorage. It also features plenty of driver’s aids including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Low Speed following (LSF), Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and LaneWatch. 

For additional security, the CR-V has been equipped with a state-of-the-art alarm system, central locking, smart entry, a walk-away automatic door lock, speed-sensitive auto door locks, selective unlock, a remote tailgate unlock in addition to a retractable tonneau cover and rear privacy glass. 

The Drive

This 1.5 VTEC turbocharged engine produces 140kW of power and 240Nm of torque which is rather suited for everyday city driving and occasional safaris. It has a fuel consumption of 7.0-litre per 100km which is quite remarkable for such a large vehicle, and let’s not forget that it is a CVT transmission and these self-shifters are a bit more thirsty than your average manual cog-switcher. This transmission is accessible in a Normal and Sport mode via the steering wheel’s shift paddles and offers a smooth and unblemished drive -typical and high-standard feat for the Japanese automakers. The CV-R has a nippy drive, even for such a bulky vehicle, this is due to its reshaped physique which is now a wee bit lower and broader.

Where to find it

If this charming CR-V has caught your attention, visit www.honda.co.za to get yours today!

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Journalist: Desh Bechan 
Transcriber: Nita Stadler

 

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