New Delhi: In last week’s Mahindra XUV review, we wrote how the company took a practical approach to technology. The Honda CR-V is another such car but since it’s priced higher, it has more features than an XUV. The overall philosophy though seems to be to provide useful technology without trying to provide everything you can get in a car.
Honda has done enough here to make things look attractive inside. The digital multi-information display (MID) in front of the steering looks snazzy, the 7-inch touchscreen is understated given the size of the car, but looks quite stylish combined with the buttons for Home, Audio and more. On first glimpse, you may end up expecting more technology than this car actually has.
There are capacitive buttons for Home, Audio, Back, etc., placed to the right of the 7-inch screen on the dash. They’re easy for the driver to reach when required and sports clear labels that spell out their functions, making them easy to use. But while Honda’s infotainment system here offers Bluetooth control for music and phone calls, the in-car infotainment is primarily covered by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Which is actually not a bad idea, since both of those systems are easier to use than most automaker-fitted infotainment systems.
You can get almost your entire phone on the 7-inch display and the touch latency is just about right to be used while driving. There’s a slight delay when swiping, but once you recognize this lapse, it’s easy to adapt to. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you also get Google Maps on that screen and voice support through the respective smart assistants.
Other than the infotainment system, the CR-V also has driver attention monitor technology. That determines whether the driver is losing focus while driving and alerts them of the same via sounds and vibrations. It’s meant to tell the driver to take a break or let someone else drive.
There’s also a Hill Start Assist, which helps when driving on inclines. If your car comes to a standstill, the car holds the brake for a few moments once you let go of it, keeping the car from rolling back. This is accompanied by the electronic parking brake, which keeps the brakes engaged till you depress the accelerator.
Next, you get cameras on the back and on the passenger side mirror. These are meant to help you reverse the car, turn left or park easily. The passenger side cameras (Lanewatch camera) shows you what’s on your left whenever you turn on the indicator for that side. The rear camera, of course turns on when you put the car in reverse.
There are no cameras on the driver’s side, which makes sense since the driver is expected to be aware of obstacles and cars on his/her side.
Lastly, the Honda CR-V also has dual-zone climate control allowing the driver and passenger to set different temperatures for the air conditioner, while the car’s eight speakers perform ably when it comes to audio quality. It’s not the sweetest audio performance you can think of but certainly qualifies as above average, with deeper than usual bass response and good handling of the high and mid-range tones.
Essentially, the Honda CR-V tries to give you all the technology that you will certainly use on Indian roads today. It doesn’t have self-drive or other future facing features, but what you do get you will use to the fullest.