I’m obsessed with selecting the next generation of Rottweiler these days. Whenever I look for a second-hand sports car that opens up the roof, which I used to say, “I’ll ride it someday,” not Cheetos, I smile. But the more reality is added, the more I think changes. Considering various situations such as roads in traffic jams, comfortable movement of families, space utilization, and apartments where electric vehicles are difficult to accommodate, the choice is always a hybrid SUV.
It is interesting that the hybrid is very strong in the personality of the manufacturer. This is because the method of implementing a combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor is different. Of course, there is a basic framework. Most hybrids are engine-centric and motor-assisted. But the Honda New CR-V Hybrid is the opposite. The motor is the center and the engine is the auxiliary. Even electric motors are stronger than engines. I was curious about Honda’s pride of being a “powerful hybrid”.
The new CR-V hybrid is a partially modified model of the 5th generation CR-V. I did a little bit of makeup, for a stronger and more modern image. It looks low and wide as a result of applying the new bumper and in-line LED fog lights for hybrid models. In the interior, a hybrid dedicated TFT instrument panel and a button-type transmission were applied. The central display that can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has good visibility. I want to give points for the simple composition and high openness.
When choosing a family SUV, the most worrying part is the rear seats. Even if a reporter who is 179cm tall fits comfortably in the front seats and sits in the back seats, there was enough leg space. It’s a bit, but it also has a reclining function, so it was nice to lean back comfortably. Fold the second row seats forward to create a completely flat interior. It looks advantageous when loading large luggage. It is unfortunate that there is no ventilation seat in the front. However, it is good that it has front and rear seats and heated steering function, and the remote start button can be used to start the car from 60m away.
The most notable part of this test drive is the drive system. The CR-V hybrid is Honda’s first hybrid SUV. The composition is as follows. A serial 4-cylinder 2.0L i-VTEC Atkinson cycle engine with a maximum output of 145 hp and a maximum torque of 17.8 kg·m, a driving electric motor 1 with a maximum output of 184 hp and a maximum torque of 32.1 kg·m, and a generator function in conjunction with the engine Two electric motors and lithium-ion batteries are paired. The maximum power of the system is 215 horsepower.
The notable part is’development’. In a typical hybrid system, an electric motor assists the engine. However, in the CR-V hybrid system, the engine assists the electric motor. The electric motor is stronger than the engine and the engine is used as a generator. The advantage of this method is the instant power and quietness of an electric car. It is because there is no need to significantly increase the engine speed since power generation is sufficient. However, there are times when it runs only with the engine. If it is determined that the engine is more efficient than the electric motor, the power of the engine is transmitted directly to the drivetrain through a direct clutch.
So, the driving feel of the CR-V hybrid is unique. When handled slowly, it’s like an electric car with engine sounds. The three patterns of electricity, power generation, and engine are freely changed. Efficiency is the responsibility of the car, so you can leave it. When driving hard, the proportion of using the engine increases. The engine spins violently and then the speed increases. Honda said it has improved the characteristics of the e-CVT transmission’s rubber band (a phenomenon in which the speed increase is slow compared to the increase in engine speed), but it could not be erased. The acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h is 9.2 seconds and is faster than 10.0 seconds of the Turbo 4WD model. But the CR-V hybrid’s engine is for efficiency, not for sprinting instinct. There are both the ability to run fast and basic skills, but the speed is fun.
The ride is calm. It absorbs the impact of the road surface well and the slope when passing through a corner is also moderate. The movement is light. When I quickly exited the corner of Yeongam Circuit, I got a good balance. As it turned out, the body control program was very good. It predicts movement by combining various information such as driving speed and steering angle of the steering wheel, and controls the brakes of each of the four wheels to help a sharp and stable behavior.
The performance of Honda’s electronically controlled real-time AWD is also impressive. Normally, power is sent only to the front wheel to improve fuel economy, but it detects the driving situation through a sensor and predicts the movement and sends driving power to the rear wheel when necessary. When I stopped the car and started again, I could see that the driving power was sent to the rear wheel and gradually decreased. It seems useful when going on a snowy road and then repeating it.
On the stretched roads, the company benefited from Honda Sensing, Honda’s advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) package. The radar, sensors, and cameras are used to read the driving situation and assist the driver, so long-distance driving is no problem by simply setting the speed in Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). At speeds less than 30 km/h, the Low Speed Tracking System (LSF) adjusts the distance and speed to the vehicle in front, and at speeds above 30 km/h, adaptive cruise control operates.
The Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), which helps you stay in the middle of the lane, operates from 72 km/h. If you get close to the lane without a turn indicator, the Road Departure Warning System (RDM) intervenes and adjusts the direction with a warning. There is also an automatic high beam and collision reduction braking system. When it detects the danger of a collision with the vehicle in front, it warns and reduces the speed. It also works when there is a risk of collision with a pedestrian. The rain watch function was also useful. When the turn indicator on the right is turned on, the camera image is displayed on the center monitor, so there is no blind spot.
At the same value, you can buy a larger domestic hybrid SUV. Why should you buy a CR-V hybrid? The answer I got after the test drive was’the value of better technology’. I want to raise the degree of completion of the newly attempted hybrid system. However, I would like to evaluate again on my way to work because there was no traffic congestion on the way from Yeongam Circuit to Ttanggeom Village.
What trim to choose if you choose a CR-V hybrid? 4WD EX-L of 45.1 million won and 4WD touring trim of 47.7 million won are waiting for selection. At first, I thought that there was no need to choose touring as most of the amenities were the same. The difference is the presence or absence of wheel size (18 inches vs. 19 inches), hands-free power gate, wiper anti-icing device, head-up display, four-way power seat for passengers, driver’s seat memory system, front parking assist system, rain watch, etc. However, when I thought about sharing the car with my family, I decided that 4WD Touring was more attractive.
Written by Minhee Ahn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Photos Honda Korea