The SUV Central

Auto Today|November 2018

The SUV Central

There is little to doubt that India is an SUV crazy country. Now Honda has launched the all new CR-V. But is it better than the Hyundai Tucson and VW Tiguan? We find out

Let’s begin by saying that you are in the market for a large SUV and had zeroed in on the Hyundai Tucson and the Volkswagen Tiguan. Both SUVs here fall nearly in the same price bracket and both are five seaters and nearly the right size for our congested cities. Both SUVs also come with AWD technology. But just when you thought of making the down payment, Honda launched the CR-V. Now the CR-V is a strong brand in India and a question arises; should you get a seven seater instead? Damn! Back to square one.While ‘wants’ keep fluctuating, in most cases the budget remains constant. So let’s start by checking out the prices. The Volkswagen Tiguan in Highline guise comes at an OTR price of Rs 36.82 lakh while the Hyundai Tucson GLS AT variant sells at Rs 30.66 lakh OTR. The new CR-V though in this range is available for Rs 36.55 lakh OTR. However, this is the 2WD variant.

EXTERIOR

The new CR-V looks ultra modern to start with. It comes with pot loads of chrome on the grille and then it gets rather sleek LED headlights complete with LED day time running lights. The front bumper houses the LED fog lights. Overall the CR-V looks muscular and the flared wheel arches add to the SUV design. The large 18in alloys also look smart.

In profile one can spot the high ground clearance of 198mm which should be perfect for Indian conditions. The tail gate is large and loading lip low and that’s useful. The tail lights in the mean time are all LED as well. The Tucson at the same time is quite a looker too. The front end features an aggressive look and those headlamps are loaded to the gill. They even feature cornering lights. The large grille and the bulbous bumper add to the butch look. The profile though is not that aggressive and looks just purposeful. The tail lamps and the tail gate add to the overall smooth design of this Korean. Ground clearance though is lesser than that of the CR-V at 172mm. Moving on to the German which in our opinion does not follow the path of a muscular and imposing design. The front end features the Volkswagen common design philosophy and as a result looks very car like. Sure there are plastic claddings all around and nice chunky wheels which are typical of SUVs. However the Tiguan sports the lowest clearance of them all at 149mm.

INTERIOR

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