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Media Drive: Honda CR-V – In tune with an urban family lifestyle

POSTED BY Amirul Hazmi ON 29 March 2016

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The Honda CR-V is spacious and offers an excellent drive and escapade

UPON receiving the invitation from Honda Malaysia for a relaxed drive for a short city escape with the CR-V, this writer was intrigued.

Since Honda Malaysia believes that CR-V owners are usually young urban families who spend their weekend for some adventurous activities, the trip encompassed several spots in Perak with some (guess what) adventures awaiting us.

20160323_0104We moved in a convoy of four media CR-Vs, one lead CR-V, two HR-Vs (lead and sweeper), one Civic and one Jazz, both for Honda’s PR team. After the flag-off at the Honda Malaysia office, our convoy headed north of Kuala Lumpur towards Perak via the North-South Expressway.

This writer got to drive the 2.0-litre CR-V after the driver change at the Slim River RSA (rest and service area). The convoy cruised within the speed limit, so we went at a relaxed pace. Engine noise was under control when accelerating from 50km/h to 110km/h.

20160323_0369We exited the highway at Gopeng to head to the Ulu River lodge, the first destination. Our convoy passed through village houses and some mild off-road tracks where the route consisted of sand and gravel. The CR-V’s suspension absorbed the undulation well.

20160323_0439After we had our lunch, we managed to see how the CR-V stack up against its competitors – the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan X-Trail – in the perspective of a young urban family.

The boot space of the Mazda CX-5.

The boot space of the Mazda CX-5.

 

The boot space of the Nissan X-Trail.

The boot space of the Nissan X-Trail.

The boot space of the Honda CR-V features a lower floor.

The boot space of the Honda CR-V features a lower floor.

Reading “589 litres of boot space” in the brochure could not easily give the idea of how big the space is. Then Honda lined up the CR-V in between the competitors’ SUVs, and the first thing to notice was how spacious the rear bumper is. The spaciousness of the boot was more prominent when it was loaded with a few bags, suitcases, a baby stroller and picnic basket. We noticed that the baggage did not block the CR-V’s rear-quarter window.

20160324_0094Besides being the easiest to fold down the second row seats, with only one lever, the Honda CR-V is also the most powerful compared with its rivals, with the 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine producing 187hp compared with 168hp and 184hp for the X-Trail and CX-5 respectively.

We were then given the option of going for a pottery class or white water rafting. The rafting took place in Sungai Gerong, near Kampung Gunung Mesah Hilir, Gopeng.

20160323_0703The rafting session turned out to be better than expected. According to one of the instructors, visitors can experience faster rafting from September to November as the water level is higher and the river flows faster.

20160323_0357We then drove the 2.4-litre CR-V from Gopeng to Ipoh, and the power difference from the 2.0-litre could be felt, especially going through mild off-road terrain where sufficient torque was needed to propel an SUV with family members in it.

Honda's LaneWatch displays a live-view of left-hand side of the vehicle when the driver turns on the left indicator.

Honda’s LaneWatch displays a live-view of left-hand side of the vehicle when the driver turn on the left indicator.

 

During the short highway drive and into Ipoh city, Honda’s LaneWatch feature helped in ensuring proper view of blind spots on the left-hand side of the vehicle. We arrived and checked in at Weil Hotel in Ipoh at around 7pm and regrouped.

IMG_5394On the second day, our convoy headed to Tanjung Tualang for a quick photoshoot session.

IMG_5388After a sumptious lunch at the Sri Tanjung Tualang restaurant, our convoy departed for Kuala Lumpur.

Overall, the CR-V is a capable SUV to suit the lifestyle of an active young urban family.

By: Amirul Hazmi