Honda CR-V: An urban gentleman that’s all about being suave!

In the good old days, the Honda CR-V used to be synonymous with the most desirable full-size SUV. Many came and tried, but no one came close to winning the battle against the mighty CR-V in any comparison. But mind you, nothing is perfect. And the bad part about the older iterations of the CR-V was the absence of a diesel powertrain – yep, just a petrol powertrain in an SUV of that size only translated to S-Class’ levels of fuel efficiency – and a single-seat configuration – just 5.

The 2018 CR-V, however, fulfilled on those fronts. Not only did Honda managed to fit an all-new diesel powertrain inside the bonnet of the CR-V, but also it was now available with a 7-seat configuration. So, the enthusiasts seemingly rejoiced the return of the CR-V, which was now available with a much potent diesel powertrain.

It doesn’t come as a surprise that almost every car is now updated aesthetically so that the manufacturer can justify the price jump from the BS-IV spec car to the BS-VI spec model. The CR-V was just launched in the Indian market in 2018. However, there’s a thin chance Honda might give it a mid-cycle facelift since it’s been spotted testing in the international market. Here’s what you can expect from the updated CR-V.


The leaked photos of the Honda CR-V – again, spied testing in the international market – suggest that the car will only be updated mildly, with new bumpers and perhaps new alloy wheels. As for the ongoing model, it measures 4,592mm in length, 1,855mm in width, and 1,679mm in height. The diesel variants have a ground clearance of 208mm, while the petrol variant’s ground clearance is 198mm. It has a kerb weight of 1,725kg. Moreover, it has a fuel tank capacity of 57-litres for both powertrains. Meanwhile, the boot space capacity for the diesel (7-seater) is 150-litres and petrol (5-seater) is 522-litres.

Under the hood, the main highlight of the CR-V is the addition of a diesel powertrain. It’s a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel, which produces 118bhp and 300Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 9-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. There’s a petrol engine too, which is 2.0-litre in capacity, good for 152bhp and 188Nm of torque. It comes mated to a CVT automatic gearbox.


Considering its size, the Honda CR-V is not the most frugal car out there. However, it is surprisingly very fuel-efficient for its size and girth. As for the diesel-AT combination, it delivers 19.5km/l, while the petrol-CVT iteration is capable of delivering 14.4km/l.


The Honda CR-V is not a slouch when it comes to the overall equipment levels. A first in segment here is a driver attention monitor, a fully-digital instrument cluster, and Agile handling assist. Then there are some usual features – from the segment standpoint, that is – such as a panoramic sunroof, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, reverse parking camera with dynamic guidelines, six SRS airbags, all-wheel drive torque indicator, leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for both the infotainment system and cruise control.

On the exterior front, the Honda CR-V gets 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, full LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, DRLs, and LED taillamps. There’s a Lanewatch camera too.


The CR-V, as of early-2020, comes in five shades, namely, Radiant Red, Golden Brown Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, and Lunar Silver Metallic. Sufficed to say, the CR-V looks suave in all the available shades.


All the details regarding the Honda CR-V, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.

Variants and Prices

As of early-2020, the Honda CR-V is available in three variants, withone variant for the petrol-CVT and two variants for the diesel-AT. The prices start at Rs. 28.27 lakhs for the 2WD Petrol CVT variant going all the way up to Rs. 32.77 lakhs for the AWD Diesel AT variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.

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