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Honda’s fifth gen CR-V

HONDA has something new for the motoring world with the launch of its fifth generation CR-V SUV — its most powerful CR-V, packed with comfort and safety features.

The new CR-V range has the most powerful engine yet, a premium design, and blends comfort and safety features to create a vehicle that is up to the standard people expect of the premium Japanese car maker — and probably even a step further.

The CR-V 2WD Sport 7 used for a test drive made an immediate impression with its looks, spacious interior, and cultured on-road driving experience.

This is the first turbocharged engine for the CR-V range and it is a hearty beast, with 140kW of power at 5500 rpm and 240Nm of torque from 2000 to 5000 rpm.

The automatic CVT transmission combines with advanced aerodynamics to increase fuel efficiency to an impressive 7.3 litres/100km for the 2WD models.

The Honda design team have excelled again to produce more agile and confident handling. Both the 2WD and 4WD models include tubular front and rear stabiliser bars that promote a quick turn and flatter cornering, while the electric power steering makes this a dream vehicle to handle.

The basic features for the CR-V range are impressive enough.

The exterior includes 18-inch alloy wheels of a smart design, halogen headlights, front and rear parking sensors and an electric tailgate that will open and close remotely through the smart key with the option of a button to close it.

The safety portfolio for the CR-Vs is an extensive one.

The driver gets a lane watch camera, driver attention monitor, tyre deflation warning system, electronic parking brake with electronic brake hold, emergency stop signal, hill start assist and vehicle stability assist.

Honda claims a class-leading interior for the CR-V which certainly is extremely spacious with outstanding leg room.

The infotainment system is based around a seven-inch touch screen running either Apple Car Play or Android Auto.

An inbuilt Garmin navigation system will be a popular feature — no peering at a small unit sitting on the dashboard.

If that is not enough to get the punters’ attention the Sport 7 gets even more enticing extra features, starting with its seven-seat 2/3/2 configuration. The other two CR-V models have 5 seats.

A sports leather interior trim, heated front seats, an eight-way powered driver’s seat which also has a memory system, ambient interior lighting, intelligent auto rain-sensing wipers, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, ambient interior lighting (foot and doors) and intelligent dual zone automatic climate control are more of the CR-V’s features.

Topping everything off, figuratively and literally, is a panoramic sky roof with tilt/slide functions.

Honda throws in a sport emblem to let your peers know you have a bit of dash about you.

Premium design, extra comfort and safety, and fun to drive. What else could you ask for?