We were given a short preview of the 2017 Honda CR-V ahead of the all-new SUV’s local launch soon. It wasn’t a full on-road test (that will come after launch), and we were only allowed access to a short acceleration, braking and slalom exercises to compare the new 1.5 litre turbo model against the outgoing CR-V 2.4.

Just like the Civic, Honda has gone the turbocharged and CVT route with the latest CR-V. In goes a 1.5 litre direct injection, turbocharged engine and a CVT transmission to replace the ageing naturally-aspirated 2.4 litre multi-port injection motor and five-speed automatic combo in the old model.

Power figures aren’t drastically different, despite the significant change in approach. The turbocharged 2017 model makes 190 PS and 243 Nm of torque at 2,000 to 5,000 rpm, compared to the old 2.4’s 190 PS and 222 Nm at 4,400 rpm. Do watch the video above to see and hear how they compare.

2017 Honda CR-V 1.5L VTEC Turbo 2WD (fifth-generation)
Honda CR-V 2.4 4WD i-VTEC (fourth-generation)