by John Elford

Honda rasies the bar with new CR-V

I recently had the pleasure to road test the Honda CR-V 1.5 Executive AWD in and around Cape Town


I recently had the pleasure to road test the Honda CR-V 1.5 Executive AWD in and around Cape Town and also on a longer run to the Karoo National Park near Beaufort West. The Karoo National Park is a gem in the fold of SANParks properties and was once used mainly as a stopover for weary travellers taking the N1 to Johannesburg from Cape Town.

t is now far more popular with visitors travelling from afar to visit this National Park with a host of interesting features as well as wild life. These include a mountain bike trail, 4x4 trails, beautiful landscapes as well as free roaming lions. A dinosaur trail allows visitors to trace the history of the area back for millions of years. You may also remember Sylvester the lion who escaped from the park in 2015, and was on the run before being recaptured and returned to the park. The park is situated on the N2 approximately 9 km before Beaufort West and covers an area of over 500 sq kms of pristine Karoo landscape, millions of years old.

Honda products in my opinion have always been at the top of their game with stunning good looks and with a host of features. The CR-V is no exception. Whether driving around town or on the open road this vehicle is a pleasure to drive. Comfort, power and ease of operation are features that stand out.

Leather seats and all the necessary accompaniments of a modern SUV are built in. Heated front seats that are electronically adjustable, with a built in memory are standard, whilst armrests are also fitted to the front and rear. Storage including a centre console box, seat pockets and split 60/40 rear seats ensure that there is more than enough space for the family running around town or cruising on the open road.

On our trip the vehicle really came into its own with the powerful turbo engine (140kw/5 600) ensuring ample power available to cruise at the speed limit and for safe overtaking. In the long haul driver fatigue is minimal with the comfortable driving position and a host of electronic audio features including USB connections and Bluetooth audio streaming, designed to make the trip enjoyable.

With the large 57l fuel tank refuelling was kept to a minimum. We achieved 7.3l/100km on the long haul as well as around town.

In the cockpit there are a host of interesting features including duel zone climate control, rear a/c vents to keep the rear passengers cool or warm depending on the weather. A panoramic sun roof which can allow passengers to experience a true outdoor feel whilst travelling in the country. Other features include parking sensors, a parking rear view camera to help with difficult parking spots. A multifunction steering wheel with remote audio controls and steering paddles to change gears manually if required is also standard. A driver attention monitor ensures the driver does not fall asleep at the wheel.

The CR-V also features a whole host of safety features including a full array of airbags and a front seat belt pre-tensioning system. The Advanced Driver Assist System features Adaptive Cruise Control, a must when travelling long distances.

Lane Keep Assist and Low speed following as well as a Forward collision warning, Road Departure Mitigation and Lane Departure warning all help to make this one of the safest vehicles on the road. ABS, EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), Agile handle assist and Vehicle Stability assist are some of the advance features ensuring you have total control of the vehicle at all times.

Security is a major factor when purchasing a new vehicle, and the Honda has it all including an alarm, central locking, remote entry and walk-away auto door lock. Speed sensitive auto locking also ensures the car is always secure.

The tailgate also features a remote tailgate lock as well as a retractable tonneau cover. Rear privacy glass also ensures unwanted guests cannot see into the vehicle.

Finally the Honda CR-V has a 5 year/200 000km warranty and 5 year/90 000km Service plan. Service intervals are 10 000 on this model, whilst AA Road Assist is also standard.

John Elford

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