As mentioned, Honda says the 2.2-liter diesel engine installed on our test car was also used on the 2008 Honda Accord and develops 150 horsepower at 4000 rpm. The maximum torque of 350 Nm is delivered starting from 2000 rpm but you won't even notice this output when driving outside the city.
The automatic transmission fails to do its job, especially when it has to deal with sportier drivers who use to overtake slower cars on a regular basis. It is a decent configuration for city cruising though, although fuel consumption and performance figures aren't great in urban conditions either.
And speaking of performance, the engine is capable of pushing the car to a maximum speed of 187 km/h (116 mph), while the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is completed in 10.6 seconds. Fuel consumption, at least on paper, stays at 9.5 l/100km (24.7 mpg) city, 6.2 l/100km (37.9 mpg) highway and 7.4 l/100km (31.7 mpg) combined, while emissions shouldn't exceed 195 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Interestingly, Honda says the CR-V offers a sedan-like driving experience because it comes with a low center of gravity that gives you extra control on the car. Furthermore, the chassis is made of lightweight and flexible steel to improve performance and efficiency but, after spending a couple of days behind the wheel, we're not really sure how much of the above statement is actually true.
The car doesn't feel like a sedan at all and the best way to try it is by pressing the brake pedal at a higher speed. It indeed weighs 1782 kilos (3928 pounds) and uses ventilated discs on front and solid discs on the rear, but braking doesn't make you feel safe at all. Of course, there are improvements to be made in this sector and the all-wheel drive version might have a superior behavior.Continue reading
HONDA CR-V technical data summary
Engine: 2199 cmc L4 Diesel
Dimensions: 178.3 inches (4529 mm) length / 71.6 inches (1819 mm) width / 66 inches (1676 mm) height
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