Honda CR-V offers front-wheel drive, smaller engine, limbers under $28k

Debuting locally at the Sydney Motor Show, the fourth-gen CR-V may be a better car in total — certainly the interior is of higher standard than the outgoing model — but its looks are step backwards and not exactly charming.

The fourth generation CR-V range kicks off with the A$27,490 VTi. This model is fitted with a 2-litre 4-cylinder engine with 114kW of power and 190Nm of torque that sends all its power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. Standard features include stability and traction control, six airbags, tilt and reach adjustment for the steering wheel, 17-inch alloys, halogen headlights that switch themselves off, cruise control and a reversing camera. The audio system features a CD slot, USB port and Bluetooth connectivity.

Options on the front-wheel drive VTi include a 5-speed auto (A$2,200) and touchscreen navigation (a further A$2,000 on top of the auto).

The next step up is the A$32,790 four-wheel drive VTi, which is powered by a larger 2.4-litre engine with 140kW of power and 222Nm of torque. A 5-speed paddle shift auto is standard and additional features include roof rails, variable speed wipers, sliding cover for the boot area and a passenger’s side wing mirror that automatically tilts downwards. Sat nav is not an option on this model.

Step up to the A$36,290 VTi-S, and you’ll have four-wheel drive and the larger engine fitted to your CR-V as standard. There’s also rain sensing wipers, fog lights, dual zone climate control, leather steering wheel, sat nav, rear parking sensors and a rear vision mirror that dims automatically.

Rounding the range is the A$42,290 VTi-L. This again is a four-wheel drive only proposition with the larger 2.4-litre engine. Standard features here extend to a sunroof, keyless entry and start, power front seats, one-touch electric windows all around with remote control via the key fob, parking sensors at the front, leather-trimmed seats, 18-inch alloys, and xenon headlights that turn with your steering input.

The new CR-V goes on sale from November 2012.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]