Honda has announced the pricing for its revised CR-V ‘soft-roader’, which goes on sale in January 2010.
The new version of Honda’s compact SUV is distinguished by changes to the bumpers and grille, which leave it looking a little chubby cheeked from the front. The interior benefits from higher quality materials, improved sound deadening and a new audio console design.
But most significantly the refreshed CR-V also gains Honda’s latest generation diesel engine.
New i-DTEC diesel
The 2.2-litre i-DTEC turbodiesel unit produces 148bhp – 10 more than before – and offers class competitive, if not class leading, CO2 emissions of 171g/km. It comes with a six-speed gearbox or, for the first time on a Honda diesel SUV, a five-speed automatic is optionally available.
0-62mph takes 9.6 seconds in the manual, 10.6 seconds in the automatic. Top speeds are 118mph and 116mph, respectively. CO2 suffers somewhat with the auto – rising to 195g/km – while fuel economy is 43.5mpg (combined) in the manual, 38.2mpg in the automatic. The engine is Euro V emissions compliant.
The 2.0-litre petrol alternative is unchanged from the previous model. It’s slower and less efficient than the diesel – but cheaper to buy.
Full CR-V spec details
Specification grades remain SE, ES and EX.
17-inch alloys, air conditioning and aux-in socket for an MP3 player are standard. ES adds split level loading to the boot, 18-inch alloys, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, half leather and Alcantara seats, rear parking sensors and a USB connector amongst its extra kit.
Range-topping EX gets full body-coloured bumpers, and includes DVD-based voice-activated satellite navigation, upgraded stereo system, full leather with front heated seats, Xenon headlights, automatic lights and wipers, and a panoramic roof.
Prices for the updated Honda CR-V start at £20,175 for the 2.0-litre petrol SE, with the new diesel costing from £22,135 for the SE version.
Adding a an automatic gearbox to the petrol costs £1,300 and £1,340 for the diesel.
The most expensive CR-V variant is the 2.2-litre diesel EX auto with Advanced Safety Pack (Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Mitigation Braking System), which costs £30,515.
The Honda CR-V continues to be built in Honda’s Swindon factory.
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