Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen 2018 in India Review

by IndianAuto Team | 16/07/2018
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The functionality, versatility, and practicality of Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen 2018, as well as the affordability and fuel efficiency, turn it into the ideal vehicle for running daily errands and heading out on weekend excursions.

1. Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen 2018 in India Review - Prologue

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Styling is not a strong point the CR-V can boast about. In fact, even with the Honda badge, this compact crossover still does a better work of blending in rather than standing out to sell itself as people would expect it to. But who knows! Introverts hardly feel any need to flaunt what they’ve got, so such low-key car suits perfectly well their wish of staying out of the spotlight. Just kidding! We are not talking about psychology here. Let’s leave the design thing for Honda to concern about! God knows what they’re trying to get at here. What we know dead on is that the ground-up overhaul the car received covers more beyond the skin-deep retouches lying on the outside. It does, indeed, tick every box going from convenience, driving and handling, and security. And whether Honda would gain back their custom here in India with this move of launching this model of the CR-V is none of our business; we as the customers just take the position of the judge to determine if the car is worth it.

Honda CR-V 2018 parking on road, angular right side view

What we know dead on is that the ground-up overhaul the car received covers more beyond the skin-deep retouches lying on the outside

2. Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen 2018 in India Review - The Party Piece Under The Bonnet

This version of the CR-V will be matched with the 1.6-litre Honda’s Earth Dreams diesel engine which in turn comes in pair with the 9-speed automatic transmission. The 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel unit possessed an output of peak power of 118bhp @ 4,000rpm and peak torque of 350Nm @ 2,000rpm. We found out that the CR-V suits better running within the city when we drove it on the highway to assess its performance. Also, slopes and weighty luggage prove to be a drag that has the direct impact on the car’s speed. On the other hand, the tweaked suspension greatly contributes to the overall handling by substantially diminishing body lean when turning without affecting the vehicle’s performance. Honda’s Earth Dreams diesel unit will power the 2018 model of CR-V.

Honda CR-V 2018’s engine, under the bonnet scene, bonnet being open

The marriage is expected to work wonders

In this 2018 version of the CR-V, the rear hatch’s height comes as adjustable, and as a result, generates and adds up more space to the total luggage space to create a capacity of 1,110 litres behind the 2nd row. However, the luggage space also receives another 1036 litres of more room with the 2nd row being folded down completely, amounting to 2,146 litres in case you need extra room for large items. 

Honda CR-V 2018’s boot space with luggage inside, boot lid being open

The vehicle covers your back perfectly by being able to accommodate your entire gear for any journey or situation

3. Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen 2018 in India Review - On The Outside

Cosmetically speaking, the upgraded CRV doesn’t strike that much of impression; but to Honda’s credit, the engineers still managed to make it look better than its predecessor.

Besides the cybernetic design which plays the main part in transforming the vessel, we see the replacement of the undersized wheels with the all-new set of 17-inch wheels (18 inches in the case of top-spec variant). The ground clearance is of ideal height ranging from 170mm to 185mm, helping the car compete with its rivals when it comes to running off-road or dealing with difficult terrains.

Honda CR-V 2018 parking on road, angular left side view, nature background of trees in autumn

The ideal ground clearance ranges from 170mm to 185mm, helping the car compete with its rivals when it comes to running off-road or dealing with difficult terrains

4. Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen 2018 in India Review - On The Inside 

Honda CR-V 2018’s cabin

Comfort and ergonomics are the main focus of the design of the new CR-V

The interior design revolves chiefly around comfort and ergonomics rather than flashy look to count as an update. The cabin becomes much more spacious, which entails a lot of headroom and legroom for every passenger. 

The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system has compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and is equipped with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System as well. The system also supports the software. Other convenience items which make their way to the update list are the remote engine start, heated mirrors, 8-way power driver seat, rear USB charging ports, dual-zone HVAC, to name but a few.

Over in the US, the 2018 CR-V impressively passed both the crash tests of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and scored the highest mark. This undreamed-of result is all thanks to the whole security package which comprises of ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) coming as standard, Electronic Brake Booster Tyre pressure monitoring system Emergency Stop Signal, Hill-start Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist, etc.

5. Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen 2018 in India Review  - Colour Options

Honda CR-V Gen 2018 is available with 10 colour options including:

  • Basque Red Pearl

  • Crystal Black Pearl

  • Dark Olive Metallic

  • Gunmetal Metallic

  • Lunar Silver metallic

  • Modern Steel Metallic

  • Molten Lava Pearl

  • Obsidian Blue Pearl

  • White Diamond Pearl

  • Sandstorm Metallic

All colour options of Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen 2018

All colour options of Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen 2018

6. Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen 2018 in India Review - Prices and Variants

2.0L 2WD MT
Rs. 21.54 Lakh 
2.0L 2WD AT
Rs. 24.4 Lakh
2.4L 4WD AT
Rs. 26.69 Lakh

7. Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen 2018 in India Review - Detailed Specs 

Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen in India Specs India 
  Engine and Transmission 
2.0-litre 153.86bhp 16V i-VTEC Petrol Engine
2.4-litre 187.4bhp 16V i-VTEC Petrol Engine
1997 cc
2354 cc
ARAI Mileage
13.7 kmpl
12.0 kmpl
  Suspension and Brake
Front: MacPherson Strut
Rear: Double Wishbone
Shock Absorbers Type
Torsion Bar Type
Front: Disc
Rear: Disc
  Dimensions and Capacity
Overall Dimension (W x L x H)
1820mm x 4545mm x 1685 mm
2620 mm
Cargo Volume
Kerb Weight
Steering Wheel and Tyres
Alloy Wheel Size
17 inch
Tyre size
225/65 R17
Tyre Type
Tubeless; Radial 
  • Air Conditioner
  • Heater
  • Adjustable Steering Column
  • Tachometer
  • Electronic Multi-Tripmeter
  • Leather Seats Leather Steering Wheel
  • Glove Compartment
  • Digital Clock
  • Outside Temperature Display
  • Digital Odometer
  • Electric Adjustable Seats Height Adjustable Driving Seat
  • Adjustable Headlights
  • Fog Lights - Front Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror Electric Folding Rear View Mirror Rear Window Wiper Alloy Wheels Sun Roof
  • Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicators
  • Integrated Antenna
  • Chrome Grille
  • Chrome Garnish
  • Smoke Headlamps Trunk Opener (Remote)
Safety Features
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • EBD
  • Parking Sensors (Rear)
  • Central Locking
  • Power Door Locks
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Anti-Theft Alarm
  • Anti-Pinch Power WindowsDriver's Window
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Side Airbag-Front
  • Side Airbag-Rear
  • Day & Night Rear View Mirror
  • Passenger Side Rear View Mirror
  • Halogen Headlamps
  • Rear Seat Belts
  • Seat Belt Warning
  • Pretensioners & Force Limiter Seatbelt
  • Door Ajar Warning
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Front Impact Beams
  • Adjustable Seats
  • Hill Assist
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Crash Sensor
  • Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank
  • Engine Check Warning
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Speakers Front
  • Speakers Rear
  • Integrated 2DIN Audio
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • USB & Auxiliary input
  • Touch Screen
  • No of Speakers
  • Display Audio and Siri Eyes-Free Voice
  • Recognition and Speed Volume
Other Features
  •  Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows-Front
  • Power Windows-Rear
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Air Quality Control
  • Remote Trunk Opener
  • Remote Fuel Lid Opener
  • Low Fuel Warning Light
  • Accessory Power Outlet
  • Trunk Light
  • Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest
  • Rear Seat Headrest
  • Cup Holders-Front/ Rear
  • Rear A/C Vents
  • Seat Lumbar Support
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • Cruise Control
  • Parking Sensors (Rear)
  • Smart Entry
  • Engine Start/Stop Button
  • Drive Modes
  • Bottle Holder (Front & Rear Door)
  • Voice Control
  • Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddles
  • Luggage Hook & Net
  • Vanity Mirror

8. Honda CR-V/ Fifth Gen 2018 in India Review - To Wrap It Up

The price starts at Rs 25 lakhs with the entry-level model and works its way up to Rs 30 lakhs with the top-spec variant.

The manufacturers put themselves in their clients’ shoes to figure out exactly what they are personally seeking in a car for their own

As people always say, put yourself into others’ shoes to know what they think and feel. The Honda manufacturers are just human beings like us and they oblige and satisfy their clients by offering them exactly what they are personally seeking in a car for their own, and it works. The CR-V has proved its worth of being a desirable family car through the vigorous testing the customers throw at it. It offers enough accommodation for a big family along with their stuff for a vacation, but most of all, it presents itself as a reliable companion for daily driving. For many people, fun is synonymous with fancy and determines the purchase; but for folks like you and me (in case you’re still lingering around) it is dependability that sets the standard of value. 

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