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Honda CR-V 2020 Review: Prices, Specs, Offers, Mileage & Pics

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By Rahul Hans - Automotive Journalist Feb 29 2020 Share this blog

Launched globally in 1997, the Honda CR-V made its way into the Indian market with its second-gen in 2003. Once the best-selling luxury SUV in the country, its sales started to see a downward trend amidst rising fuel prices and the advent of diesel SUVs from the competitors. In the hopes of replicating the same success, Honda launched the third-gen of the CR-V in the Indian market which started well but met with the same fate, while the fourth-gen launched in 2013 failed miserably because of lack of diesel engines and bland rear styling. Moreover, the pricing of the car too failed to infuse any interest into the buyers.

In 2019, D-Segment SUVs have started to amass all the rage and following. People like these offerings for their brawny looks and much practical approach. What hasn’t changed is that we still love them in Diesel avatars. Honda, in its fourth attempt, launched the CRV in the Indian market with a host of updates to take on the well-established competition. The biggest addition was the option of a Diesel engine to cater to its fine-catered audience. A Petrol engine is on offer too, and the CR-V can be had in a seven-seater version as well.

2020 honda crv side view

While the crossover looks might be against the market sentiments, the CR-V comes across as a car that is easy to manoeuvre and being a Honda, reliability is taken care of. The monocoque construction further takes care of driving dynamics and spacious cabin. Honda CR-V takes on the mighty Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the Mahindra Alturas G4. Should the Honda CR-V be your pick in the sea of butch, body-on-frame SUV?


What Will Impress You?

  • 9-Speed ZF sourced AT
  • Spacious cabin
  • Practicality is when you can be a five-seater and a makeshift seven-seater
  • Impressive Feature list
  • Top-notch interior quality


What Won't?

  • Puny 1.6-litre Diesel and gas-guzzling Petrol-Poor choice of engines
  • Minuscule boot space with the third row up
  • Lack of AWD in Petrol variant
  • Lack of seven seats in Petrol variant


What's New? 

The current generation of CR-V went on sale in India in 2018 and carries more or less the same changes in 2020. A major addition comes in the form of rear parking sensors as standard, in light of BNVSAP norms.

What are the various variants on offer for 2020 Honda CR-V?

The CR-V can be had in three variants, namely Petrol 2WD, Diesel 2WD and Diesel AWD. Prices start at Rs. 28.33 lakhs for the base petrol variant and goes all the way till Rs. 32.83 lakhs for the top-spec Diesel AWD. While the Diesel models come with seven seats, the Petrol can be had with five seats only. This sort of step-motherly treatment to the Petrol variant is inexplicable on Honda’s part. Furthermore, there is no manual transmission on offer for either of the engines. Again, this is something that goes against Honda’s thinking!

Variants

2-WD Petrol AT

2-WD Diesel AT

AWD Diesel AT

Price (ex-showroom) 

Rs. 28.33 lakhs

Rs. 30.73 lakhs

Rs. 32.83 lakhs



Key Features

Full LED Headlights with Auto On-Off
Includes features of 2WD Petrol CVT
Includes Features of 2WD Diesel AT
Panoramic Sunroof
3rd Row 50:50 Recline
All Wheel Drive Torque Indicator in MID
Diamond-Cut Alloy Wheels
Sliding second-row seats

Shark Fin Antenna

Paddle Shifters


Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
Third Row Bottle Holders

Auto-Dimming IRVM


6-airbags, VSA, HSA, EPB, Brake Hold Assist


Lane Watch camera


Digital Multi-colour TFT


8-speaker sound setup


7-inch Touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple car Play


8-Way Power-Adjustable Driver Seat


2nd Row 60:40 Split with Recline


All the trims are closely packed in terms of pricing and thus it helps a prospective buyer to change his decision at the last moment without any financial restraints. This also makes things easier as compared to the competition which comes with a minimum of five variants.


Which trim should you go for?

Keeping in mind the features and cost, the Diesel 2WD is the best variant to buy in 2020 Honda CR-V. It offers the practicality of seven seats, good fuel economy, and the brilliant ZF Automatic Transmission. The AWD isn’t recommended, purely because taking a soft-roader off the tarmac doesn’t add up in terms of value unless you’re looking for some bragging rights!


Honda CR-V February 2020 Deals and Offers

Model

Variant

January Offers

Honda CR-V (Diesel)

1.6 4WD 9 AT

  • Cash Discount Worth Rs. 5 lakhs

  • Guaranteed Value Buyback

Honda CR-V (Diesel)

1.6 2WD 9AT

  • Cash Discount Worth Rs. 4 lakhs

  • Guaranteed Value Buyback


Also Read,

How does the CR-V fare against the well established Toyota Fortuner?

Is Ford back in the game with its heavily updated SUV?


What is new for 2020 Honda CR-V in terms of performance?

The 2020 Honda CR-V comes with two engine options. The Petrol is the tried and tested 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Now, this is the very same engine that was available with the previous-gen CR-V in India. However, the brilliant 2.4-litre engine has been given a miss, for reasons best known to Honda.

This is the largest engine in Honda India’s lineup, and one expects some good performance from it. Power and torque figures are modest, at 152 bhp and 188 Nm respectively. The good bit about this engine is its refinement, it is super-refined. Performance is just about adequate, and enthusiasts will be left wanting for more from this engine. Despite its compact dimensions, the CR-V is a big car for this engine, and it shows! Acceleration is brisk but slow. Low-end power delivery is good, but being an i-VTEC, it shows its potential at the top-end. This engine is mated to a CVT gearbox, sending power to the front wheels. Again, this gearbox offers convenience and isn’t meant for those seeking performance. The car will feel at home in the city, due to its good drivability, and out on the highway, the engine doesn’t feel subdued and can cruise at triple-digit speeds all day long. So, it's a win-win.

2020 honda crv engine

The other engine on the offer is 1.6-litre Earth Dreams four-cylinder Diesel engine. This engine is tuned for 118 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. Internationally, this engine is available with a twin-turbo configuration, producing 180 bhp of power. Sadly, we get the lower state of tune. The numbers are quite underwhelming for the segment, where rivals boast of power north of 180 bhp.

Models

Honda CR-V

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Engine (Petrol)

2.0-litre i-VTEC four-Cylinder

2.7-litre VVTi four-cylinder

N/A

N/A

Power 

118 bhp @4000 RPM

164 bhp @5200 RPM

N/A

N/A

Torque 

189 Nm @4300 RPM

245 Nm @4000 RPM

N/A

N/A

Transmission

CVT

6-Speed AT

N/A

N/A

This 1.6 Diesel shares its block with the 1.5-litre engine, which does duty in cars like Jazz, Amaze and City and this engine is infamous for its notorious NVH levels. Thankfully, the larger engine doesn’t have that and is pretty refined for a Diesel. Just like the petrol engine, this engine is very underwhelming for a car of this size. Low-end power delivery is good, and progress throughout the rev-range is brisk. The biggest talking point of this engine the gearbox – a nine-speed ZF sourced AT. While a lot of cars deserve better gearboxes, this car is an exception – this gearbox deserves a better or a bigger engine. An interesting trivia about this engine, the ninth gear is engaged only after 135 kmph, which implies you won’t be using that gear very often.

Models
Honda CR-V
Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Engine (Diesel)
1.6-litre iDtec four-cylinder
2.8-litre four-cylinder
2.2-litre four-cylinder
3.2-litre five-cylinder
2.2-litre four-cylinder
Power
118 bhp @4000rpm
175 bhp @3400rpm
158 bhp @3200rpm
197 bhp @3000rpm
178 bhp @4000rpm
Torque
300 Nm @2000rpm
420 Nm @1400rpm
385 Nm @1600rpm
470 Nm @1750rpm
420 Nm @1600rpm
Transmission

9-Speed ZF AT

6-Speed AT
6-Speed MT
6-Speed AT
6-Speed MT
7-Speed AT

Honda is, definitely late to the party, and with the pricing, they’ve left the CR-V to compete with the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas. The rivals are miles ahead to the CR-V, in terms of engine size and performance.


How quick is the 2020 Honda CR-V in accelerating from 0-100?

While the power figures for the CR-V look disappointing, in a real-life scenario, the car performs fairly well, if not the best in the segment. The CR-V is fastest of the ton when we compare its petrol variant with the competition. The 0-100 kmph figures for the Diesel CR-V are not available, however, we expect it to be slower than the competition, due to the underwhelming on-paper specs.

2020 honda crv acceleration 0-100

It is not the thriller which was expected from Honda, but the performance is not half bad as you will not be in a situation to struggle for overtakes or sleek upshifts. All is not lost with the CR-V and we still get to enjoy that peppy SUV from Honda, if not to the full extent, but a fragment of that essence.

Models

Honda CR-V

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Diesel 

1.6-Litre

2.8-Litre

2.2-Litre

3.2-Litre

2.2-Litre

0-100 kmph (seconds)

N/A

~15 Secs

N/A

~13.5 Secs

12 Secs

Petrol 

2.0-Liter

2.7-Liter

N/A

N/A

0-100 kmph (seconds)

~ 10.72 secs

13 Secs

N/A

N/A

The light curb weight of the CR-V does give it an advantage over the Toyota Fortuner when we put the petrol variants of both the cars head to head. Apart from the CR-V, all other vehicles in this segment are body on frame SUVs. This not only makes them heavy and slow but also takes a toll on their overall performance. To conclude, the CR-V, even with its lightweight can't take on the big daddies of the segment because of the puny engines.


How well does the 2020 CR-V handle Indian roads?

Unlike the traditional body-on-frame SUVs, the CR-V has none of the excessive side-to-side movement, thanks to its monocoque construction. The CR-V is equipped with McPherson struts at the front and a multilink setup at the rear. Despite the large 18-inch wheels, ride quality is not very stiff and the suspension is well-tuned to offer the perfect balance of handling and comfort. The tyre size stands at 235/60/18 which helps in added comfort as the sidewall is big enough to absorb even the large bumps on the road. Overall, the suspension is biased for ride quality.

The suspension does its job silently and sitting inside, one car barely hear the suspension thud over large potholes. Moreover, the CR-V feels planted on the road even at triple-digit speeds and does not lose its composure when going over road undulations. At the corners too, this Honda feels better than its competition. There is body roll felt inside the cabin, however, it is not very significant.

2020 honda crv handling

The EPS has a steering rack with a variable ratio that keeps it light at city speeds and weights up nicely at the higher speeds. The EPS, however, lacks any feedback and is strictly average. The turning radius stands at 5.5 meters which is not too much considering the segment standards. The ground clearance for the AWD variant is 198 mm which is sufficient to tackle almost all the road conditions in the country. The AWD is a soft-roader and one must not expect it to perform well in hard-core off-roading conditions.


How good are the brakes in 2020 Honda CR-V?

The CR-V gets an all-wheel disc brake setup which helps the driver stop the car well within the desired distance. The pedals offer good feedback and the brakes are applied progressively, depending upon the pressure applied on the pedals. Under hard braking, the car stops in a straight line without any drama. In terms of safety, the CR-V gets ABS with EBD, vehicle stability assists, agile handling assist, and hill start assist along with auto brake hold.

2020 honda crv brakes

Overall, the brakes perform well, and even under full load, you will feel safe driving it at triple-digit speeds. Lower kerb weight figures also run in favour of the CR-V as it puts less stress on the brakes to bring the vehicle to halt.

Models

Honda CR-V

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Front Brakes

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Rear Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Curb Weight

1545-1725 kgs

1855-2110 kgs

2390 kgs

N/A

With the lightest curb weight in the segment, the CR-V not only offers the best braking performance but also feels the most stable of all the other cars of the segment. the driver surely will feel safe while driving the CR-V.


How efficient is the 2020 Honda CR-V?

CR-V is not a small SUV, however, the small but efficient engines surely deliver some segment-leading fuel efficiency figures. The ARAI fuel economy for the Diesel is rated at 18.3 kmpl, which is best in its class. The Petrol’s ARAI efficiency is rated at 14.3 kmpl, which again, is best in class. With a fuel tank capacity of 57 litres, a Diesel-powered CR-V can cover around 1043 km on a single tank of fuel.

2020 honda crv cvt gearbox

The mediocre performance from both engines have this hefty positive point for the CR-V in its mileage. The relaxed engine helps you extract a formidable range which will surely make the common conservative person happy. Honda has scored well here.

Models

Honda CR-V

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Mileage (ARAI)(kmpl)

18.3

14.24

12.6

12.35

Fuel Tank Capacity(L)

57

80

80

70

Range(km)

1043

1120

1008

864

Comparing it with its rivals, the CR-V delivers second-highest travel range in a single tank of fuel. The small engine and lighter curb weight of the CR-V help the owner prevent heavy fuel expenses. The Mahindra Alturas G4 has the shortest range as it just comes with a 70-litre fuel tank.

Is the exterior design of Honda CR-V dramatic?

The Honda CR-V in its current-gen received some prominent updates when it comes to the styling and engine option options. The new car is longer and wider than the outgoing model, and it evident from every angle. While the bumpers and alloy wheels give it a sportier appeal, it gets a macho and a bold stance. Unlike the older models of the CR-V, this one looks sharper which will appeal to a larger section of the buyers. Sleek headlamps along with a strong shoulder line and higher ground clearance help it have that much required SUV character.

2020 honda crv front design

Weighing in at 1.7 tonnes for the diesel AWD variant, the CR-V is the lightest of all other SUVs amongst its rivals. Its petrol CVT variant weighs in at almost 1.5 tonnes, which is somewhat okay for a car of this size. Overall, with all the designing cues from Honda's new design language, the CR-V looks sporty, aggressive and sharp. A prominent crease starts from the front bumper and runs along the sides, all the way to the rear, which adds to the overall aggressive design of the car.

Models

Honda CR-V

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Curb Weight 

1545-1725 kgs

1855-2110 kgs

2390 kgs

N/A

Length 

4592 mm

4795 mm

4903 mm 

4850 mm

Width 

1855 mm

1855 mm

1869 mm

1960 mm

Height 

1689 mm

1835 mm

1837 mm

1845 mm

Ground Clearance 

198 mm

220 mm

225 mm

N/A

Wheelbase 

2660 mm

2745 mm

2850 mm

2865 mm

Considering the segment rivals, the CR-V is the smallest of all but yet gives a good competition to the SUVs it competes against. While the Endeavour has the old school design language, the Fortuner, on the other hand, is based upon the modern designs which are also seen on other Toyota cars. Overall, the CR-V may not have a massive road presence but it still manages to attract some eyeballs.


Exterior Features

  • Full-LED headlamps
  • LED DRLs and LED fog lamps
  • Roof Rails
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Diamond-Cut Alloy Wheels
  • Front Signature Chrome Grille
  • Shark Fin Antenna

How futuristic is the cabin of Honda CR-V?

Sit inside and you will be greeted by very premium looking dual-tone black and beige interiors with piano black gloss and wooden inserts all around the dashboard. At the front, there is sufficient headroom, legroom and shoulder room along with narrow door sills which make ingress and egress a very simple affair. Higher seating not only helps to see what is ahead more clearly but also helps to increase the overall visibility from the cabin. The driver's seat is 12-way electrically adjustable which helps the driver find a comfortable seating position. With that being said, the other seats in the cabin offer a comfortable seating position too and out on those long highway journeys, every passenger will come out without feeling fatigued. Rear visibility is poor because of the thick D pillars at the rear.

2020 honda crv dashboard

The interiors are a big step up from the outgoing CR-V in terms of quality and practicality. The plush leather along with good cushioning all around the seats makes it a good place to be in. At the rear, the floor is nearly flat, making it easier for the middle passenger to rest his/her legs and a 90-degree door aperture makes it easy to come in and out of the car. The middle row gets dedicated AC vents along with 12V charging sockets. on the negative side though, the headroom in the last two rows is at a premium and taller passengers may find it an issue. In the 3rd row, we do get seatbelts, ISOFIX mounts and dedicated AC blowers along with SRS curtain airbags.

Model

Honda CR-V

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Seating Capacity

5/7

7

7

7

The car is wide enough to comfortably seat three passengers in the middle row. The last row, however, should be reserved for kids or adults with shorter heights because space is limited in the rear. Overall, 5 adults and 2 children can comfortably sit inside the cabin for those long highway journeys. As said earlier, the car's suspension is tuned towards a plusher ride quality and sitting inside this cabin, one will not encounter any unwanted jerks creeping into the cabin.

2020 honda crv cabin space

Interior Features

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Auto-Dimming IRVM
  • Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Flexible central storage console
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel.
  • Digital Instrument Console with multicolour TFT display


What are the various Infotainment features on offer?

The 2020 Honda CR-V gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with a long list of features. The sound system comprises an 8-speaker setup out of which 4 are tweeters. Apart from this, it also gets smartphone connectivity supports such as apple car play and android auto. Honda still can improve upon the overall user experience as the screen feels laggy in responsiveness.

2020 honda crv infotainment system

But it is still bundled with all of the latest features that are required to make your travel easier and relaxed. The various features are listed below.

Infotainment features:

  • 7-inch Touchscreen Advanced Display Audio
  • Seamless Smartphone Connectivity (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay)
  • Voice Recognition
  • Bluetooth Audio streaming with telephone connectivity
  • Steering Mounted Controls
  • Front HDMI port
  • 8 speakers


How flexible is the 2020 Honda CR-V's cargo compartment?

Buyers of this segment are particular about the boot carrying capacity of the car and the CR-V gives tough competition to its rivals in terms of boot capacity. With the third row down, the total boot capacity of the CR-V stands at 472 litres while with all three rows up, it is just 150 litres. If you tumble forward to the middle row, you will get a massive 936 litres of total boot capacity.

2020 honda crv cargo space

The third-row seats fold flat but there is a bump which doesn' give it a flat-folding nature and thus takes away the practicality from this SUV. The spare tyre and toolkit are neatly tucked away in an under cargo space that adds to a clean underbody look, unlike the competition which has the spare tyre hanging from its underbody.

Models

Honda CR-V

Toyota Fortuner

Ford Endeavour

Mahindra Alturas G4

Boot Capacity(L) 

150

296

450

234

The 5-seater petrol variant, on the other hand, gets a 522-litre boot which is more than enough to carry your luggage around. A major highlight of the CR-V's boot is the height-adjustable parcel self in the boot which not only helps to level up the floor but also helps to segregate the items stored in the boot.


What are the various safety features available in the 2020 CR-V?

Although the CR-V is the lightest car in the segment, Honda has ensured that the car remains safe. As part of the safety equipment, the CR-V gets 6 airbags, VSA (vehicle stability assist), hill hold assist, auto brake hold, driver attention monitor along with a lane watch camera on the left ORVM. For those who are looking to keep this car for a long period need not worry as Honda cars are generally reliable and do not cost a bomb to maintain in the long run. The excellent after-sales network of the company along with great parts support adds to the overall value of the package. In the Euro NCAP safety rating test, the CR-V scored five out of five stars, which simply describes how safe this car is.

2020 honda crv safety

Honda has also added in a bunch of modern driving assist features along with the important bunch of safety features. The various features available in the 2020 CR-V are listed below.

Safety Features:

  • 6 airbags
  • VSA (vehicle stability assist)
  • Hill hold assist
  • Auto brake hold
  • Driver attention monitor
  • Lane watch camera on the left ORVM
  • ISOFIX Mounts

How does the compact Honda CR-V fare against its competition?

Honda CR-V Vs Toyota Fortuner

The Toyota Fortuner has been the segment leader for years now and with its recent update in 2016, it is now a fully finished product that caters to everyone's demands. Powered by powerful and reliable engine options, it comes with both Manual and Automatic transmissions, along with an option for all-wheel drive. While the high-speed dynamics can still be improved, this ladder-on-frame SUV is one of the best when it comes to off-road driving and this is one of those vehicles which can take you to places no other SUV can take.

2020 toyota fortuner

The Honda CR-V gives it a tough competition when it comes to high-speed stability and driving dynamics, ride quality, interiors and features but what it surely misses out on is the lack of bigger engines, a body-on-frame chassis which adds to the overall practicality and robustness of the vehicle and a massive road presence. While the build quality of both of the cars is at par with each other, the Honda CR-V is best suited for those who drive more within the city limits or on well laid out expressways.


Honda CR-V Vs Ford Endeavour

2020 ford endeavour

The Honda CR-V faces a tough time when we compare it with the Endeavour as the latter is not only powerful and feature-rich, it also has similar ride quality levels and even more plush interiors. The smaller dimensions of the CR-V and the lack of space when compared to the Endeavour also serves as positive points for the mighty Ford. The build quality of the Endeavour is better than that of the CR-V and the interiors feel more luxurious and spacious. On the other hand, the CR-V's smaller dimensions help to drive it in crowded areas and on narrow roads. The CR-V is also much more fuel-efficient than the Endeavour.


Honda CR-V vs Mahindra Alturas G4

2020 mahindra alturas g4

Against the newest kid on the block, the CR-V fares extremely well, save for the off-road ability. While the Alturas’ cabin is full of soft-touch materials, the CR-V’s cabin somehow feels plusher and screwed. When it comes to engine options though, the Alturas G4 is miles ahead of the CR-Vs. For those looking for an in-city car, the CR-V is, definitely the better of the two.

Does the Honda CR-V still have the charisma?

Honda has upped the game with the launch of the updated 2020 CR-V with a list of updates that were required to fulfil almost all the checklists of the buyers of this segment. However, with SUVs such as the Fortuner, the Endeavour and the Alturas G4 already competing in the segment, the CR-V failed to make a major impact in the market with its smaller dimensions and smaller engine options. On the plus side, the CR-V gets some segment-first features, refined engine options with great automatic gearboxes, phenomenal ride quality, and a much more sportier design along with the ease of driving it in crowded places. However, at this price point, you can buy much better products the CR-V which are more VFM and mechanically better.

2020 honda crv front view

Smaller diesel and petrol engines and lack of some essential features are a big let down for the car. The CR-V is perfect for those who will be driving on good roads and crowded areas and for those who are concerned about the fuel efficiency of their vehicles. In the end, even though the CR-V is a great overall package, the Endeavour feels a much more VFM product and if you are considering buying the CR-V, we suggest you consider the Endeavour as well.

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