Honda has added a new entry-level variant to its CR-V SUV range, which takes the starting retail price below $30,000.
The Honda CR-V Vi is priced at $28,290, undercutting the VTi by $1400, with most of the cost cutting achieved by introducing a more basic infotainment system with a smaller 5.0-inch screen (down from 7.0 inches) without Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto smartphone pairing.
Other than that’s it’s reasonably equipped for a base variant, with standard features including:
- 17-inch Alloy Wheels
- LED Daytime running lights
- LED Tail lights
- Reversing camera
- Full-size spare alloy wheel
- Electric parking brake with Brake Hold
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Hill Start Assist (HAS)
- Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
The five-seat Vi shares the same 140kW/240Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and CVT auto powertrain as the rest of the CR-V range, with two-wheel-drive. It also shares their five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.
Honda Australia director, Stephen Collins said the company is meeting the demand for a more attainable CR-V for budget-conscious families.
“Our customers were telling us they’d like to a see a CR-V for around $30k, so we’ve been able to deliver a great option in the new Vi grade,” he said.
“The CR-V Vi grade competes strongly on value and specification against other entry-level Medium SUVs, we’ve priced it under the automatic Mazda CX5 Maxx and Toyota RAV4 GX, which is great news for buyers.”
The Honda CR-V Vi officially goes on sale on September 1. Pricing for the rest of the range remains unchanged.
2018 Honda CR-V pricing
- CR-V Vi 2WD - $28,290
- CR-V VTi 2WD - $30,690
- CR-V VTi-S – 2WD - $33,290
- CR-V VTi-S – AWD - $35,480
- CR-V VTi-L 7-seater, 2WD - $38,990
- CR-V VTi-LX, AWD - $44,290
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