The new Honda CR-V Vi sits under the existing CR-V VTi model, ditching its 1.5-litre turbo engine in favour of a more affordable and much less powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit that makes do without a turbo.
Using a claimed 7.6L/100km to produce 113kW and 189Nm, the new machine trails the regular CR-V by 27kW and 51Nm while using more fuel to do so.
But the new CR-V Vi is much cheaper than its siblings, undercutting the VTi by $2400 to come in at $28,390 plus on-road costs.
Standard kit for the new model includes 17-inch wheels, a reversing camera, an electric parking brake and compact 5-inch infotainment screen with Bluetooth.
Autonomous emergency braking is off the menu, reserved only - at this stage - for the range-topping VTi-LX.
Honda Australia director Stephen Collins says the company's best-selling vehicle is now more attainable for budget-minded families.
“Our customers were telling us they’d like to a see a CR-V for around $30,000, so we’ve been able to deliver a great option in the new Vi grade,” he says.
“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 CX-5 Maxx and Toyota RAV4 GX which is great news for buyers.”
The new machine also undercuts recommended retail pricing for the cheapest automatic Mitsubishi Outlander by $2900, and comes in $2260 cheaper than the auto Hyundai Tucson Go to become one of the most affordable cars in its class.
Honda CR-V Vi pricing and specifications:
Price: From $28,390 plus on-road costs
Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol
Power: 113kW at 6500rpm
Torque: 189Nm at 4300rpm
Transmission: CVT auto, front-wheel-drive
Fuel use: 7.6L/100km