Long Lasting Connection – Honda CR-V e: HEV 2WD Sport Line Test – Car Engine

All CR-Vs receive a push-button selector, and a separate instrument informs you of the current battery charge status. Photo: Balázs Stefler

The ancestral CR-V, the model introduced in 1996, was Honda’s first self-developed recreational car to make a big impact not only on the brand but on the entire segment, and in addition to the innovative concept, practicality and great technology played a part in its success. Of course, the situation of the CR-V has changed a lot since then, with dozens of rivals appearing, and core values ​​can still be discovered in it. Even with the Sport Line-equipped test car, a different grille, black mirrors and rims, the demand for a sporty look in SUVs is growing.
But what are these values? First, the current 5th generation space utilization, available since 2018, exceeds all expectations. Compared to its length of 4600 mm, the interior is amazingly spacious, with up to 190-centimeter slats in the 2nd row, and the large glass surfaces enhance the feeling of space. Although the front seats are low on side seats, everyday people appreciate the nearly 90-degree rear doors, the many usable storage compartments, the child monitor mirror hidden in the eyeglass holder, or even the low-end 497-liter luggage compartment.

Easy boarding: the rear doors can be opened almost 90 degrees. The door pockets hold a 0.5 liter bottle

Although the CR-V is not a premium car, the quality of the whole equipment radiates when you look closely at the switches or joints, the careful work reveals everything – nothing rattles on the road, not even on poor quality roads. However, the clock group and on-board system do not follow the latest fashion, the navigation graphics, for example, evoke older video games, and the image of the reversing camera is quite small, so there is room for improvement in this area.
My feeling is that Honda has been more involved in the development of the hybrid powertrain. With the retirement of the 1.5-turbocharged version, only the 184-horsepower e: HEV self-charging hybrid is available in the range, the operating principle of which is unusual. It has a 2.0-liter intake petrol powerplant and 2 electric motors and a fixed-gear transmission unit. In the vast majority of cases, the petrol engine does not drive the wheels directly, but acts as a power generator, as far as electric motors are concerned, one is only responsible for the drive and the other as a generator.

The place is gigantic in all directions, the interior is bright due to the large glass surfaces

Okay, this is a technique, but let’s look at consumption in practice! First of all, the Honda can handle 5.5 liters in purely urban use. Of course, this is brilliant in itself, but in order to give an accurate picture of the consumption of the CR-V, we completed a 260-kilometer reference circuit from the capital to the Mátra and back, which could even correspond to a weekend family trip. Starting from the Buda side of the capital, the car brought the “normal” values ​​of slightly over 5.0 liters to Pest, but the average speed of the motorway section to Gyöngyös crawled to 7.4 l / 100 km. , which then peaked at 8.1 liters in Mátraháza – the topographic conditions rewrite the current average consumption remarkably fast. The average distance of the full circle climbing the Mátra back and forth became 6.9 l / 100 km, which means that while the hybrid system is unbeatable in the city, the use of the highway slightly nuances the picture. The range of 750-800 kilometers, while not bringing the level of the previous diesel CR-Vk, is absolutely fair, and as the car rewards frugal driving with green leaves on the dashboard, the driver is even given an incentive. Anyone who drives to save at all costs can use the tabs behind the steering wheel to increase recuperation and turn on EV mode when we can get the most out of our battery.

Expansion by pulling the side arms with simple, folded-down seats for maximum capacity of up to 1.7 m3 from below

Driving a CR-V is all about peace of mind anyway. Although the engine blows up at an intense acceleration, the car is very quiet at a steady pace, and its power reserve is just enough to avoid having to think much about overtaking. The MacPherson strut system at the front and several swingarms at the rear filter out road faults well, and the basically comfortable suspension fits the character of the car. As the ground clearance of 200 mm allows us to leave the built road sometimes, it is also worth considering the all-wheel drive available for a surcharge of HUF 410,000 (75% of customers in Hungary choose the 4 × 4 system). Just because we found in the front-wheel drive test car that a little bit of moisture on the cold asphalt is enough and the car is already having a harder time driving its power.

When it comes to rising, the 2.0-liter petrol engine raises its voice. Consumption in the city barely exceeds 5.0 liters!

Since the CR-V is only available with a hybrid drive, there are no 8-9 million versions like when the model was introduced in 2018. Currently, the cheapest version is worth HUF 11,999,000, but in general there has been such an increase in the price of the entire market that it can still be said to be competitive: for example, a 1.5-gauge VW Tiguan or a Ford Kuga FHEV they are also asking for HUF 11.8 million. In addition, Honda offers a generous package of reversing cameras, a navigation system, a 9-speaker premium sound system (with subwoofer) and an 18-inch wheelbase, as well as a full range of driving support with tablet recognition, lane departure warning and radar cruise control ”A blind spot monitor was kept for the more expensive versions. Although the configuration options are limited due to Japanese production, the number of chassis starting with the letter J is still a strong buzzword!

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The chassis has been tuned to withstand the poorer quality of the CR-V

I LIKED IT
• urban consumption
• spacious, comfortable cabin
• Lots of practical details
I DID NOT LIKE
• on-board system
• fast-soiling (dust, fingerprint) center console

SUMMARY
While the CR-V’s range has shrunk with the farewell of the 1.5 petrol and 7-seater versions, the 5-seater hybrid is undoubtedly a strong contender in the category. In terms of practicality and comfort, it knows everything you would expect from a family car, and the hybrid powertrain performs very well except for highway use.

Honda CR-V is: HEV 2WD Sport Line
Total stroke volume: 1993 cm3
Cylinders / valves: S4 / 16
PETROL ENGINE
Max. Power: 107 kW (145 hp) 6200 / min
Max. Torque: 175 Nm 4000 / min
ELECTRIC MOTOR
Max power: 135 kW (184 hp)
Max. Torque: 315 Nm
HYBRID SYSTEM
Max power: 135 kW (184 hp)
Hossz./szél./mag.: 4600/1855/1679 mm
Wheelbase: 2663 mm
Weight / load capacity: 1685/555 kg
Luggage compartment: 497-1692 l
Fuel tank: 57 l
Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 8.6 s
Maximum speed: 180 km / h
Average consumption: 6.6 l / 100 km
Test consumption: 6.5 l / 100 km
CO2 emissions: 151 g / km
Base price of the model: 11,999,000 (CR-V e: HEV 2WD Elegance)
The tested version hours: 12,999,000


Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.

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