The figures speak for themselves. The ever-young CR-V is the sales leader in its category all around the world – in the US, Europe and Asia, and here in the Middle East. The markets have spoken, and what that really means is that millions of people – happy customers – have decided on the CR-V.
They have proved, with their hard-earned money, that the CR-V is a wonderfully versatile car that accomplished so many jobs and fulfils so many needs: it is stylish, easy and fun to drive, and maybe more importantly is exceptionally capable and flexible.
And Honda has done what Honda does best: take a winning design and over time make it even better.
To keep its leading market position, the fourth-generation CR-V received a minor visual freshening: new sweeping projector-beam headlights and LED daytime running lamps and, in the cabin, new trim, plus upgraded materials and electronics.
Bigger changes came under the hood. The new CR-V has the latest ‘Earth Dreams’ powerplant (like in the Accord), it reaches peak power and torque at lower revs making it quicker off the mark and livelier and more responsive than before. The large side mirrors and the unique rear camera activated with the right-turn indicator make driving the CR-V much more enjoyable even in the stress-inducing heavy traffic conditions experienced on Doha’s increasingly congested roads.
The crossover styling is pleasing to the eye; it’s sleek and refined but even more pleasing may be the quality interior, the power under the bonnet and the advanced engineering and safety features – out of sight but supporting all the above.
With its premium interior and SUV dimensions plus versatility, the new CR-V is a leader in its class. Storage space inside the car is impressive and the interior is well designed to cater for the demands of family life. A large armrest cubbyhole and big glovebox feature to help maximise space.
The CR-V is one of the safest compact SUVs you can buy thanks to its five-star Euro NCAP rating. Honda also provides six airbags, tyre pressure monitors, stability control and three Isofix child seat mounting points as standard.
MAX POWER 185 hp (138 kW) @ 6,400 rpm
MAX TORQUE 245 N–m (181 lb-ft) @ 3,900 rpm
TRANSMISSION Automatic and continuously variable transmission with Real-Time All-Wheel-Drive
EXTERIOR This modern compact crossover SUV is the benchmark of its class; it looks sleek but tough, it offers that sought-after elevated driving position that commands respect and offers a much-needed feeling of security. Its bright-chromed three-bar grille, side mirrors with integrated turn indicators, projector-beam headlights and signature LED daytime running lights mean you will see and be seen; fog lamps; 18″ alloys
INTERIOR Incredibly roomy and flexible cabin for a compact car; family-friendly design provides versatile spaciousness to all occupants; more spaces, bins and cupholders for your personal items. Up front, the large touchscreen interface brings the CR-V up to date in terms of technology features and connectivity, and gives the dashboard a clean, attractive look; smart entry and pushbutton start
SAFETY Many systems assisting driver control include Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control; AntiLock Brake system with Electric Brake force Distribution (EBD); comprehensive airbag and seatbelt protection; multi-angle rearview camera and very useful Honda LaneWatch camera; ACE reinforced body structure; five-star Euro NCAP safety rating; tyre pressure monitors
Domasco will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the all-new Honda CR-V 2.4 or any of its stylish range of cars and SUVs for Marhaba viewers and readers. Call 4424 6800 or visit the Honda website.
The best decision for you right now is to see this great car for yourself. The staff at the Honda showroom on Khalifa Street, Lejbailat Zone 64 (between TV roundabout and the iconic Imam Muhammed Abdul Wahab mosque) will be eager to show it off to you and answer all your questions.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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