The Honda CR-V comes in four variants and one out of them is the Honda CR-V 2L AT (automatic transmission). Like the version with manual gearbox, this compact SUV also has the SOHC, i- VTEC, in line, 1997 cc, 4 cylinder engine, that lashes out a maximum power of 156 PS @ 6500 rpm and a maximum torque of 190 Nm @ 4300 rpm. Achieving a mileage of 13.7 kms/l (as per the company), this is one of the best SUVs out in the market.
As for the features it comes loaded with, the 2L AT is pretty much similar to the 2L MT and thus both of them are an absolute fantasy to jump into and drive around.
With a sporty chrome decked grille mounted on the front of the car, this vehicle makes a statement at the very first sight. The halogen head lamps and the fog lamps make up for great visibility in all weathers. There are 17” alloy wheels with ten designer spokes in it that offer a fun ride all along. The auto retractable body coloured outdoor mirrors have side turn indicators and the door handles come in body colour too in this variant. With a chiselled and sturdy body, this beast looks grand and just the right size for city driving too, when compared to other SUVs.
The inside of this car cabin is done up in a premium sienna beige colour tones which is fashioned in leather upholstery. The steering wheel and the gear shifting knob are also leather robed. Small, simple but smart additions like vanity mirrors on either side with lights, cup holders and a sunglass holder are all there. The cabin is spacious and crafted for excellent comfort.
There are 6 speakers provided (2 front, 2 back and 2 tweeters) for one’s musical pleasures and they come in combination with an integrated audio system with CD/ radio/ WMA/MP3/AAC, USB and i Pod connectivity. To add to the wonders of this car, there is an independent dual zone auto A/C and an outside temperature indicator has also been provided.
To be able to keep tab on important information such as fuel consumption and digital clock, there is a 5” Multiple Information Display colour screen. The RR camera which is a huge advantage while reversing the car is also a part of the screen mentioned above. It is also called the i-MID display. What’s more, cruise control system has been provided in the car.
To begin with, the driver’s seat is an 8 way power adjustable and is lumbar supported. The steering wheel also comes with tilt and telescopic functions to further enhance driving conditions. A foot rest is also provided. The key fob of the Honda CR-V 2L AT is jack knife type as it neatly folds and is easier to carry around in a pocket as compared to a normal key.
Dual SRS airbags in the front as well as airbags in the sides and curtain air bags, the Honda CR-V 2L AT comes nicely provided with safety features. The GCON or the G Force control technology works fantastically in controlling the impact of the collision both on the car and also on a pedestrian if one happens to come in front of the car.
The ABS (Anti lock brake system) with BA (Brake assist) and VSA (Vehicle stability assist) help in effectively stopping the car. Another great technology is the Motion Adaptive Electronic Power steering that further improves the stability of the car and works in coherence with the VSA. An immobilizer and a security alarm system further improve the safety parameters of this vehicle.
This version of CRV has automatic transmission so Honda also offers you a Hill Assist as an additional safety feature. It prevents the car from rolling away when you are trying to pull it up or down a steep gradient. In other words it simulates handbrake hill start that manual gearbox users are aware with.
Honda CR-V 2L AT is priced at Rs 21,44,898 (ex showroom price Delhi). The 5 speed is little lethargic but comfortable ride is the positive attribute of this sports utility vehicle.