Long-term test — 2017 Honda CR-V

Posted on Jan 22, 2018 by

Week 1: The arrives at AutoMiddleEast long-term garage. Here are our first impressions. Text and Image: Amit Benjamin

2017 Honda CRV

With the departure of our long-term Audi A5 40 TFSI, it’s now time to welcome a new arrival at AutoMiddleEast.com towers. Ladies and gents, say hello to the 2017 Honda CR-V which will spend the best part of the next two months ferrying your correspondent for work and leisure.

This is the all-new version of Honda’s popular compact SUV and on first acquaintance, it does look immensely more striking than the car it replaces. Even though closer inspection reveals little harmony in design, that’s a story for another day.

Powered by a 2.4-litre four-pot the CR-V makes 184hp and 244Nm of torque, it’s not the fastest SUV around, but in-town get-up-and-go is more than adequate. The steering is nice, it rides well and the cabin is seemingly brimming with gadgets (We’ll get into that in greater detail as the weeks roll by, too).

Interior space is fine, but put a six-footer in the front and rear legroom vapourises. At AED120,000 in as tested Touring trim it’s not the most affordable so it does face stiff competition from its other far-eastern rivals.

The first week has been fairly economical in terms of petrol costs, mostly because it arrived with a full tank and hasn’t needed a refuel yet, despite plenty of  driving — that bodes well.

To be honest, I am still ambivalent about the new CR-V, mostly because it’s kind of a fly-under-the-radar car, despite somewhat overtly aggressive styling cues here and there. There are contradictions.

Would I buy it? Or, more importantly, recommend you buy one? That’s a conclusion that is going to have to wait for now, I’m afraid.

Date acquired: 15/1/
Total mileage: 6,237
Mileage this week: 447
Costs this week: None
Average fuel consumption: 9.0 litres per 100km

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