2018 Honda CR-V Long Termer Part 2 - Going the Distance
Another month goes past with our CR-V and it’s been fairly uneventful. So pretty much a normal few weeks in the life of your average SUV these days.
The genre calls for active adventurers but in reality life for them is a bit more mundane; to and from the office via school/kindy/daycare, down to the shops and out visiting at the weekends. As gas prices rise, people increasingly start thinking about fuel use as part of the new vehicle buying process.
The consumption figure for Honda’s AWD CR-V is listed at 7.4L/100km, but that’s a combined average of the urban and extra-urban figures. It’s why some folk complain they can’t get close to the figure stated when they spend most of their time driving around the city.
The CR-V’s urban figure is 9.3L/100km, while during highway-type driving, the lab test says it’s good for 6.3L/100km.
Our CR-V has been mixing it up in stop-start traffic and flowing motorways during most of its life here, and the average on the meter hangs out around the mid to high eights.
Checking the fuel receipts with the distance travelled has proven the trip computer to be nothing but accurate.
Even when the magazine’s GM, Mr Shaw, took the keys for the week, his bugger-me-I’m-late driving style only nudged the average up a few points. Helping the cause, he accumulates more motorway miles during his daily routine. Stick within that 8.5L/100km zone, and the 57 litre tank will give a range of around 650 to 700km.
The distance-to-empty guide is set on the conservative side and even when it indicates you’re all but running on fumes, there’s still around 10 litres left in the tank. While a real world average of 8.5 is pretty good for the class, not everyone is sold on the idea of a turbocharged engine, with many still equating it with excessive fuel use.
Sure, when you work them they can drink but it’s not often you need to flog this little engine. The front-drive Sportage 2.0-litre we drove this month highlighted the goodness of an easy-going turbocharged engine.
The Kia’s atmo 2.0-litre needed to work harder to get going everywhere, while the bigger, heavier Honda will happily accelerate along with just 2500rpm or less registering, the CVT doing its thing to keep the 1.5 in its zone of torque.
Once into a cruise, it’ll simmer down to around 1500rpm at between 50 and 60km/h, and 1800rpm at the legal limit to keep consumption in check. And the CR-V’s 1.5 turbo happily imbibes 91 octane.
Still, it’s hardly a cheap exercise visiting the pump at present where a refill from close to empty will cost over the $100 mark. Honda recently began selling a hybrid CR-V version in Japan and it’s destined for Europe soon where car tax is directly linked to CO2 output.
It uses a 2.0-litre iVTEC engine mated with an electric motor (two actually, though one is primarily used as a generator) to provide 135kW and 315Nm of torque.
It works through an e-CVT and in front-wheel drive guise is rated at 5.3L/100km, the AWD at 5.5. There’s an EV mode, as well as Hybrid and Engine modes, which we think are fairly self-explanatory.
A medium SUV with diesel-rivalling torque and economy sans the turbolag and exhaust smut sounds good to us in times of high gas prices.