In 2004, Honda introduced the second-generation CR-V in India. Honda sort of pioneered the soft-roader movement in the country with the CR-V by giving us an absolutely new kind of a vehicle. The CR-V brought the best of both car and SUV worlds as its core ingredients and Indians loved this blend. Although the CR-V carried a hefty price tag (it was a CBU), it had respectable sales figures during its initial tenure. The lack of a diesel motor option however saw the sales of the CR-V dip in the diesel favouring Indian market.
With the fourth generation CR-V being assembled in India, it’s now being offered at a substantially cheaper Rs 19.95 lakh price tag for the 2.0 litre manual model we tested. Moreover, considering the diminishing price disbalance between petrol and diesel, the lack of a diesel motor is becoming less of a deterrent for buyers.
The new CR-V returned a decent 9kpl in the city, while on the highway it managed a good 12.1 kmpl. That makes it more fuel efficient than the previous one and results in a reasonable range of about 667km under mixed driving conditions.
To improve economy, the new CR-V is equipped with an ECON button as part of the ‘Eco Assist’ system. This alters the mapping of the drive-by-wire throttle system, cruise control parameters and decreases the voltage of the fan in the air-conditioning system to reduce fuel consumption. We performed our tests with the ECON mode activated and quite frankly, couldn’t feel any perceptible change in throttle response.