2018 Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel Review – Behind the Wheel

2018 Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel Review – Behind the Wheel


Been excited for this review as a lot of people had been waiting for this for quite some time You see, cross-overs are a staple on Philippine roads and obviously they offer more cargo and interior space than of your average sedan But if you take the comfort of your average sedan and add to it a frugal diesel engine Well then, you just may have a winner winner chicken dinner Meet the 2018 Honda CR-V and the big change It’s a diesel Since August of last year people have been kinda divided about this car. Half of them are like “Wooh! Noice!” while the other half are like “I’m sorry, what kind of engine did you put in there?” Because at the heart of the CR-V is a 1.6L Turbo Diesel Now, it only produces a 120 horses which obviously is not a lot I agree with you But, people tend to forget that it also produces 300Nm of Torque and plus that torque is available right of the bat at 2000rpm You may think it’s a meager 1.6 engine But, you wouldn’t say that to a Formula 1 car would you? Now granted it doesn’t go 300km/h I guess not many cars do But, what I’m trying to get at is that the engine will surprise you. It is pretty powerful, malakas Power is fed in smartly through out the 9-speed transmission Yes, you heard me right, 9-speed transmission So, with all things considered if you put 2 in 2 together this thing should get some pretty astronomical figures for consumption on the highway that could probably rival even SpaceX I kid, so anyway for real it gets about 23km/l on the highway Now in the city is where it gets really impressive Because this thing, even through rush hour traffic we we’re able to get 10km/l. That’s impressive Most impressive And now on to the exterior Solid wing face is where will we begin First off, you got a very bold new grille with a honeycomb design paired with very slim LED headlamps which have LED D.R.L.’s as well You got a very strong bumper and more importantly Fog lamps that resembles Turbo Teen transforming eyes Now, I realize that’s a bit of an old reference But if you look it up I promise you, you won’t regret it The wheel wells are the reminiscence of the older generation Albeit, the fairings are a bit wider Moving down we got the camera over here on the right hand side mirror which activates everytime you indicate to the right Continuing down the sides, you got chrome accents on the bottom which are a nice continuation from the fog lamps upfront which I think do a justice because it compliments the 18-Inch mags The rear greets you with a massive outstretch chrome accent above what is against slim lights the cut found directly underneath gives the tailgate a slender illusion which is pretty much countered by the large L-shape rearlamps Before we get on to the cargo hold there is an aspect from upfront that mimics here at the back Its these lines that can be found on other side Now I’m kinda on defense about them because I don’t think they’re there for aerodynamics more of aesthetics and they’re not the prettiest thing on the planet, they’re not the ugliest thing I mean they are not Anthony Davis’ eyebrows which are like… Nothing like that. But, I don’t know I’m just still kinda getting used to it Now on to the back, Power Tailgate, we love it however Limited cargo space, that’s a bit of a downer You see there is an elevated area, this elevated area subtracts 15L of cargo space from the previous generation down to 472L but this elevated area also translates to seat 6 and 7. Aha! More on that a little bit later Once inside, you’re greeted by a very premium interior top-notch really. If it looks familiar, spot on It’s almost a carbon copy of the very well appointed Civic Down to the tri-cluster instruments to the very tactile buttons on the steering wheel to 7-Inch infotainment system which doubles as a reverse camera Then you got your air controls and panoramic sunroof Now, for the leather clad seats plus power yeah they really work, as do the accents found on the door and the dash very nice The biggest difference, the elimination of the gear lever Its been replaced by four very well suited buttons Now does it takes some time to get use to? Not really Plus, it gives the entire interior and the whole cabin really a very upmarket and futuristic feel that even Captain Sulu would be proud Here at the back, the seats are as subtle and as firm as those upfront and there is boatloads of room and I mean really boatloads of room Now the toys back here include 2 cupholders and a center armrest and 2 USB charging ports found down here which are 2.5A each Now, considering today’s electronics and the requirements that’s already a small wind. The big wind is that not only are there vents down here upfront There are also vents up here on top and it doesn’t stop there because you got side curtain airbags and two speakers on each door Now for a car of this price in this category That’s pretty impressive Oh! One last thing, this seat or seats Move forward for a very good reason And finally, that third row as you would guess, the access get back here is just about average and the jump seats well, they’re big enough for children or small adults like myself Now as mention earlier the 2nd row does have to move forward to allow any form of passengers back here Now as a small adult I’m okay, I’m guessing you’re wondering what it’s like for maybe a 5’11 intern? Uhh, no But, what is surprising are the continuations of the toys found back here on the third row such as cup holders the continuation of airbags from upfront all the way back here and two extra airvents that’s a total of 6 airvents just for the back Now I’m not saying it’s cold enough to freeze a TaunTaun back here but hey! Could be close Driving the CR-V you will notice that it is a very comfortable car to be in both as driver and passenger The steering, heavy but not that heavy, just about right and stiffens up a little bit more when on the highway The suspension, very good absorbs bumps way more than within reason But, don’t take my word for it, MVV rating says Oh! As an added plus, we’re on the road right now with a speed bump that we’re gonna pass in 3, 2, 1 Not a problem, not a problem at all I don’t tell people to do that I’m just trying to prove to you how soft the suspension is But the only thing that surpasses the comfort of the CR-V are the amount of technologies found on the CR-V and you can start off by talking about the adaptive cruise control and the lane keep technology which are both a trip. See, once the system is turned on you will of course be set a desired speed that you want be it a 100km/h to stay within the speed limit or or maybe a little bit faster, we don’t advice that of course But once you are at that level of speed if there is a car in front of you that slows down the car will automatically brake and believe it or not The brake pedal will actually even go down and slow down accordingly. Once that car clears, you will again resume that speed Now, the lane keep technology, that’s pretty cool too See as the car sway either to the left or to the right You’ll see that the lights flash gives you a little bit of a tone and tells you that a steering correction is needed Now if you don’t touch it, you will kinda slide back in But of course, steering corrected with your hands on the steering wheel is always advised The CR-V diesel starts north of 1.6 million pesos and this particular SX variant comes in at P2,086,000 Nah, before you lose your mind allow me to empathize with you and agree that there are Korean counterparts out there that offer the same type of engine for hundreds of thousand of pesos less I completely agree however if you consider transmission, ride comfort, technology, all-wheel drive basically the whole package, then you gotta agree that the CR-V is a cut above the rest might I also add that its Japanese counterparts are more expensive and they can offer less technology and even a gasoline engine Now granted, it’s not as sexy as the Japanese counterparts True, I mean people aren’t gonna run on to the CR-V and take a selfie with it. Yeah, but If they knew what it had to offer on the inside Yeah, they might just line up with their cellphones hanging out

100 thoughts on “2018 Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel Review – Behind the Wheel

  1. For anyone who has this model of the CRV, just wanted to ask if you have that oil level problem where the oil and gas are mixing. Just wanted to make sure if this has been fixed by Honda already.

  2. I want to buy this one kaso pinagpipilian ko

    CRV
    MONTERO
    FORTUNER
    TRAILBLAZZER
    FORD

    Whis is the best for the 7 seater pls help me to choose

  3. Sir I want to buy this one kaso pinagpipilian ko

    CRV
    MONTERO
    FORTUNER
    TRAILBLAZZER
    FORD

    What is the best for the 7 seater pls help me to choose para hind masayang ang pera

  4. The Honda CRV has been a "top tier" vehicle ever since. For a 2M price tag and using a 1.6l diesel engine, it will find tough competition among lower priced, full size SUVs with bigger size diesel engines.

  5. Honda, your CR-V is ridiculously very expensive! I'll opt for a Hyundai Sta. Fe diesel instead. Bigger and sexier.

  6. I wanna give credit to the guy who presented this video. Very intelligently delivered the presentation. Has a good sense of humor. Im not in the market for a crossover vehicle but he sure did sell me the unit. 👏👏👏

  7. Di ko magets yung mga naghahanap ng komportableng 3rd row seats sa mga ganitong segment. Kung tutuusin, it is actually serving its purpose. Or else san mo pauupuin ang mga batang makulit at ang mother in law mo?

  8. Wish there was a longer wheelbase option. Really looks like I'm getting the everest by next year simply because this is too small

  9. Mr caco tirona. Thank you sa pag review mo dito sa crv. Eto napili namin ni misis kuhanin bilang family car namin. Ok lang ba ang S variant?

  10. Which is better when climbing uphill? Montero GLS w/ 181 HP & 430 Torque or Honda CRV w/ 118 HP & 300 Torque?

  11. wow! a diesel CRV!! perfect sa pinas ang ganitong SUV… i'm saving more for now so i can get this bad-ass crv soon!!

  12. How's the cost of having the crv here in PH? Especially compared to Subaru Forester? Will the Honda be the more cheapest car to own in the long run?

  13. I have that same engine in my Civic.Starting at 2000 rpm, I’m on par with high performance car on the motorway and putting a smile on my face.Endless torque and keep on going,just need to watch the speed cameras🚨🚨🚨…

  14. My less than a month old CRV suddenly died while driving. The vehicle won't stop for about 10-20 seconds and there was total power failure (while driving!) Luckily, nothing was in front of me or else I would have ran over pedestrians or vehicles and I couldn't do anything about it. I learned about several cases similar to mine including a woman who got the top of the line CRV. Hers also just stopped (tumirik) and it was about a month old. Her case got aired in Tulfo's TV program. Great job, Honda!

  15. Love the car and the review.
    Walang pambili ng car, so thank you for letting us experience this car kahit sa video lang <3
    More power

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