Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
3 minute read
16 Dec 2021
9:53 am

Finally here: Long overdue facelift Honda CR-V priced

Charl Bosch

Slightly restyled exterior has been combined with a still extensive list of features across all four models.

Front facia changes are small, but easy to spot.

One of the original compact SUV pioneers, but whose local market popularity has waned over the last few years, Honda has finally revealed the updated CR-V two years after its world debut in North America.

The Japanese brand’s best-selling model with global sales last year of 885 000 units, the CR-V’s exterior tweaks consists of redesigned front and rear bumpers, a revised grille and logo bar, blacked-out taillight clusters and on the top-spec Exclusive, dual exhaust outlets plus newly designed 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the interior remains largely unaltered with the sole differences being matte alloy inserts and upgraded materials. Boot space is also as is with 522-litres available as standard and 1 084-litres with the rear seats folded down.

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On the specification front, the CR-V line-up again consists of four models with the features on the entry-level Comfort consisting of the following:

  • five-inch touchscreen infotainment;
  • four-speaker sound system;
  • fabric seats;
  • Bluetooth and USB;
  • 17-inch alloy wheels;
  • dual-zone climate control with rear vents;
  • auto lock/unlock doors;
  • multi-function steering wheel;
  • cruise control;
  • front armrest;
  • keyless entry;
  • TFT instrument cluster display;
  • auto on/off headlights;
  • rear parking sensors with a reverse camera;
  • Hill Start Assist;
  • Vehicle Stability Assist;
  • LED daytime running lights;
  • Driver Attention Alert

Upping the ante, the Elegance swaps the fabric seats for leather and the infotainment system for a seven-inch display with added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes standard with the following:

  • leather wrapped steering wheel and gear lever;
  • pair of rear USB and HDMI ports;
  • heated and electric front seats with memory function for the driver’s chair;
  • rear armrest;
  • rain sense wipers;
  • eight-speaker sound system;
  • front parking sensors;
  • folding electric mirrors;
  • gear shift paddles;

Once again serving as the mid-range model, the Executive rides as standard on 18-inch wheels in addition to getting:

  • LED headlights with active cornering function;
  • auto-dimming rear-view mirror;
  • push-button start;
  • remote control engine start;
  • walk away locking doors
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Blacked-out taillight cluster the biggest change at the rear

Aside from the already mentioned 19-inch alloys, the Exclusive boasts an electric tailgate and Auto High Beam Assist as standard, together with the following:

  • tyre pressure monitor;
  • embedded satellite navigation;
  • panoramic sunroof;
  • Lanewatch left-hand-side camera;
  • Adaptive Cruise Control;
  • Collision Mitigation Braking;
  • Forward Collision Warning;
  • Lane Departure Warning;
  • Lane Keep Assist;
  • Road Departure Mitigation

Though available in certain markets with seven seats and a hybrid powertrain, the South African-spec CR-V continues to seat five with the pair of powertrains remaining unchanged.

On the Comfort and Elegance, motivation comes from the long-serving normally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol, whose 113kW/189Nm is routed to the front wheels via a CVT. Top speed is pegged at 193 km/h with Honda claiming a combined fuel consumption of 7.3 L/100 km.

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Interior depicted that of the top-spec Exclusive

For the Executive and Exclusive, the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol prevails with outputs of 140kW/240Nm. While still hooked a CVT, only the former keeps the front-wheel-drive layout as the latter is all-wheel-drive. Both will however do 200 km/h with respective fuel consumption figures of 6.7 L/100 km and 7.1 L/100 km.

In total, the CR-V can be specified in a choice of six colours;

  • Platinum White;
  • Modern Steel;
  • Crystal Black;
  • Lunar Silver
  • Coffee Cherry Red;
  • Brilliant Sporty Blue


As before, all CR-V models are covered by a five year/200 000 km warranty as well as a five year/90 000 km service plan.

  • CR-V 2.0 Comfort CVT – R556 100
  • CR-V 2.0 Elegance CVT – R617 900
  • CR-V 1.5T Executive CVT – R699 900
  • CR-V 1.5T Exclusive AWD CVT – R796 300