The Northern Territory news Fri 13 Aug 2021
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02 MOTORING NTNE01Z01MO - V1 S H O R T C U T VALUE Updates have pushed up the CR-Vs price up by a few grand. The cheapest Vi is now $35,300 on the road, but its poor safety kit and antique 2.0litre engine make it runt of the litter. The $38,300 VTis a better bet with a 140kW 1.5-litre turbo engine and more active safety. Another $2000 buys the seven-seat VTi 7 were testing, then prices climb as you pick all-wheel-drive and more luxury, peaking at $53,200 for a VTi LX AWD. Drive-away prices arent open to negotiation. Honda has introduced no-haggle pricing across its network. The VTi 7 includes a small 7-inch screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry/ start and seven seats. Theres no hands-free tailgate, satnav, leather or wireless charging. The first five services cost just $625 but theyre at short 10,000km intervals. COMFORT The VTi 7 has little in the way of cabin flair or The Honda CR-V offers comfortable, spacious and fuss-free motoring, but could do with an update IAIN CURRY luxury, but compensates with massive space and smart packaging. There are 10 cup holders, four USB points, cooling vents to all three rows and storage bins aplenty. What it lacks in jazz it makes up for in family-friendliness. You sit high on comfy cloth seats, visibilitys great and second-row seating feels best-inclass, with generous leg and head room, giant windows and wide-opening doors. The seats also recline and move on runners. The two rearmost seats are only for kids, but are easy to access. With seven seats in place youve only a small space for a few shopping bags, but fold them and luggage space is decent. A full-size spare is welcome. SAFETY Active safety aids include auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. Curtain airbags stretch to the third row. Disappointingly, theres no blind-spot monitor or rear cross-traffic alert on this model. They are standard kit on its main rivals. There are two Isofix points in the middle row and five child-seat tether points, but middlerow tether straps are ceiling mounted, making access to the third row tricky. DRIVING The CR-V prioritises ride comfort and driving ease over fun, feedback or reward. Softly sprung, it absorbs road bumps well but doesnt enjoy corners as much, where the body rolls and it can feel cumbersome. The turbo four-cylinder offers some beans when pushed and while its CVT auto can whine under heavy throttle, in general its a smooth unit. On the school run or on the highway its a lovely combination of fuss-free, quiet motoring. Our return of 7.3L/100km after 1000km using regular unleaded exactly matched Hondas claim, although we saw 10L/100km in town. ALTERNATIVES TOYOTA RAV4 GXL, FROM $41,500 DRIVE-AWAY Polished all-rounder with strong safety, features and rugged style. No seven-seat option, long waiting list and at its best in Hybrid guise for an extra $2500. NISSAN X-TRAIL ST, FROM $35,990 DRIVE-AWAY Showing its age. The next-generation is due early next year. Remains popular for its spaciousness, seven-seat option and ease of driving. Good value right now, but running costs are higher. MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER LS, FROM $35,990 DRIVE-AWAY Strong value seven-seater, spacious and some nice inclusions such as a power heated driver seat. Excellent warranty, decent safety but not as solid feeling as a Honda. Drive experience is average. VERDICT hhhjj A head over heart medium SUV. Its drive and features are average, but cabin space, versatility and cheap running costs make it a pragmatic family choice. MIDDLE OF THE ROAD AT A GLANCE HONDA CR-V VTI 7 PRICE About $40,5300 drive-away ENGINE 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol, 140kW/240Nm WARRANTY/SERVICINU Five-year/ unlimited km, $625 over five years SAFETY 6 airbags, auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist THIRST 7.3L/100km CARGO 472L SPARE Full size
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