DRIVEN 2018: Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 vs Peugeot 3008 SUV – Malaysian review

Hi guys, welcome to Driven, powered by Petronas Dynamic Diesel
Euro 5 with Pro-Drive, and Petronas Primax In this episode, we’re featuring the
new fifth-generation Honda CR-V And its closest rival is this, the Mazda CX-5.
It’s a brand new second-generation model And it’s expected to give the Honda CR-V
a very good run for its money And me, I’ve brought along a proper wildcard here –
the Peugeot 3008 Forget the weird old one,
this new version means business And to me it’s a proper alternative to these two mainstream SUVs Yes, we could have gone with the Volkswagen Tiguan,
but if you’re going for a left field option, we think the 3008 is the most
standout candidate After all, if you’re going for a change,
you better go big, or go home The CX-5 is the CR-V’s most obvious mainstream rival,
but the Mazda is a very different machine compared to the Honda – they take fundamentally contrasting approaches to making a family SUV making a family SUV. The CR-V, well, it’s not only seen as the ideal SUV in Malaysia because for a long time now, it’s the ideal family car period, regardless of body type As its rivals
gets stronger, so has the Honda Interestingly, all three models were
launched within the past one year So they’re all new, it’s a level playing
field, there is no advantage or disadvantage And today we’ll also find
out if the Honda CR-V is still the best family SUV that you should get, and we’ll
give you a clear-cut answer Along the way, we’ll find out which one’s
the most practical, which one’s the fastest, best handling and of course the
most economical in this group Ok ok, let’s not waste any time now and find
out which one of these three SUVs is the right one for you.
Ready guys? Let’s get it on! We’ve chosen what we think are the best
variants of each model here For the CR-V, it’s of course the top spec 1.5 liter
Turbo Premium 2WD version as it’s the only one that comes with Honda
Sensing It costs the most to buy among the three here,
but not by much For the CX-5, our pick of the range is the
2.2 SkyActiv-D turbodiesel 2WD variant It’s RM10k cheaper than the AWD version, but with the same exact equipment That also puts it pretty much on
equal ground against the CR-V Peugeot, meanwhile, doesn’t have
the luxury of offering so many variants, So the 3008 range tops out with
the 1.6 THP Allure that we have here It’s more affordable
than both its rivals here by a full RM10,000 but in turn it also
loses out on active safety features, which is a shame See the cars in the
flesh however and you would think it’s the Peugeot that is the most expensive car here.
I love the way it looks It’s so modern and chic, and the sharp lines go
so well with the muscular body I like the interplay of colours here too –
gloss black, body colour and chrome In terms of style, I think this is right up there
with the Lexus NX If fashion is your thing, you can forget the rest,
this is the SUV for you The CX-5 on the other hand is not as flashy but
the thing is, it is not boring at the same time There are three things that I
really love about the front end of the CX-5 number one is a large grille that you have over here number two is this wide
chrome bar that you have here and number three are the razor-sharp headlights.
It gives it a very dynamic look When you have a quick look on the car it’ll make
you think that it’s a concept car and there’s also another thing – people think
that when you drive an SUV it’ll make you look old, but I can guarantee to you
that, driving this will make you look young! Now at the back some might argue
that the taillights look a bit too small for a car but I really think that they
look proportionate over here plus the taillights they give a very futuristic
kind of look. Now I’d like to bring your attention to this wheel over here – now
you’re looking at a 19-inch wheel fitted with premium tyres of course.
The problem is the wheels look too small For example the Honda CR-V, it
uses an 18-inch wheel which is smaller but it looks bigger. So the reason why it
is smaller here could be because of the design it looks a bit too dark.
So overall that’s the only complaint that I have in terms of the CX-5’s exterior looks Speaking of size, The CR-V is definitely
the biggest car here and you can clearly tell just by looking at it. It’s 50 mm longer than the Mazda CX-5 and about 150 mm longer than
the Peugeot 3008. That is a lot of extra length and you know what they say:
size does matter! But overall the design is a love it or
hate it affair especially with the Volvo like LED tail lights. Personally though I
kind of like how it looks because it is by far the most premium looking CR-V
we’ve had to date Tell you what, if premium is what you want, this is it.
The Peugeot looks and feels like a proper premium car in here and I say this both
in terms of perceived build quality as well as design. This wraparound cockpit
looks like it belongs from a sci-fi movie and it has genuinely unique
elements too, like this weird gear selector fabric inserts on the dashboard and
small square steering wheel and of course the pièce de résistance, the i-Cockpit digital instrument cluster Now this is even more impressive than
Audi’s virtual cockpit! It’s not all perfect of course because the ergonomics are truly and deeply French. Take the air-con controls for instance, you need to work both the
physical button and the touchscreen for something that you do very very often
that’s not good. And let’s not forget the silly cruise control stalk behind the
steering wheel right where you can’t see them Well, vive la France I suppose? The Honda is the direct opposite of that because everything you want is exactly where
you’ll be able to find them There’s a set of dials and buttons here for the
climate control and one more up here for the volume and the screen itself the
interface is very easy to use but it’s not the best one in this group.
Overall the cabin is not as plush as the other two but this is by far the most
impressive Honda cabin we’ve had to date. And what it
lacks in so-called “premiumness” I mean look at this wood trim, it feels a little
bit like the 90s in here – again what it’s lacking it makes up for with sheer
practicality. There’s lots of cubby holes everywhere around the car and check this
out – this huge center console box is so big you can fit your handbag in there! Now the Mazda sits somewhere in the
middle – it is not as lavish as the Peugeot but it is better than the CR-V. For
example the door cards over here, the upper part they are all wrapped in
leather and there are a lot of soft touch points throughout the car, even in
the rear cabin, so in terms of build quality this is top-notch!
Having said that the analogue meters look really old-school now next to the fancy
digital dials of the other two cars here and the centre armrest box is really
small for an SUV. Controls wise Mazda has taken a very minimalist approach which I
really like. The entire thing is right up there with BMW’s iDrive – it uses a knob
as well as a touchscreen but once you start driving the touchscreen will be
disabled because Mazda thinks that would distract the driver. Moving on to
the rear, now space has not been the CX-5’s strong suit, in fact for any Mazda. Now
this model is a bit bigger than the one it replaces but it’s still not that
great. Finally we have air-con vents at the rear the only thing is that it’s a bit
too low, another thing is that it has a centre hump over here whether it’s a 2WD or a 4WD version you still get that. Another thing
the seats it’s actually designed for two instead of three but one thing I really
really love is this, the centre armrest has two USB ports! The Peugeot is slightly bigger in here with a bit more legroom compared to the Mazda even
though on the outside this is the smallest car here. The backrest can’t be
reclined like in the other two, but the bench itself this is the most comfortable one
here. As for the floor it’s also the flattest of the group because this car
is not designed to have all-wheel drive in any other markets but other than that this is not particularly practical
because the centre headrest is pretty much useless The centre box here juts
out so much if you sit in the middle you’re gonna hurt your shin and look at
this a 12 volt socket instead of USB chargers for the rear passengers. I mean
last I checked it’s 2018 already And here we come to the CR-V’s party piece.
This car makes the other two feel like Perodua Axias back here – I mean just
look at the amount of legroom I have back here and that by the way is
my driving position. For families and long journeys this is easily the most
practical option the seats are well shaped and
comfortable you get nice and big headrests as well and the backrest reclines a
little bit more than in the Mazda Down here the floor is not quite as flat as
the Peugeot 3008 but when you have a space this big I really don’t think anyone is
gonna complain about it This advantage is carried over to the boot space too, as the CR-V has the biggest, best-shaped cargo bay At 522 litres, it’s just slightly
larger than the Peugeot but fold the rear seats flat and you have a cavernous load
bay to carry bulky items. It’s also the only SUV here to have a full sized spare tyre instead of a space saver as well as a powered tailgate The Peugeot is close
behind with a 520 litre boot and an adjustable floor board to carry taller
items. The tonneau cover slots in here neatly when not in use too. With the seats
folded the cargo bay isn’t quite as deep as the CR-V’s, but the 3008 has a neat
trick where you can fold the front passenger seat down for the occasional
trips down to Ikea As for the Mazda, again it comes in last in terms of
practicality with just 422 litres of space that’s significantly smaller than
its rivals here and that’s with either the seats folded up or down. On the plus
side it does have an advantage of a 40:20:40 split folding seats so you can
carry long items while keeping four seats available it also has a clever tonneau
cover that’s attached to the tailgate Now put practicality aside, you’ll
quickly realise why Mazda is becoming a mainstream brand among automakers right
here in Malaysia – they make cars that are a nice to drive! So let’s start off with the
engine first, the CX-5 is offered with two petrol options: one is a 2.0 and
another is a 2.5 and they are both normally-aspirated but the one that we
would recommend could be the 2.2 turbodiesel which is the one that I’m driving
right now, it’s definitely I feel the best among the three cars that we are
comparing today. Now turbodiesels, they have a lot of torque, and all you need to
do if you need a bit of power is just step on the gas a bit and there you go
and this happens in any gear so there’s a lot of torque from down low the rev
range Numbers wise the CX-5 diesel makes 173
hp and more importantly, 420 Nm of torque That’s way more
than the CR-V’s 1.5 liter turbo engine which makes 190 hp and 243 Nm of torque Peugeot’s long-serving
Prince 1.6 THP unit is the least powerful here with 165 hp and
240 Nm Against the clock, we measure the CX-5 to be the quickest car here, taking just 9.1 sec from 0 to 100 km/h Coming in second was the Honda CR-V
taking 9.6 seconds, while this one is a little further back again – it
dips just under the 10-second mark But all those numbers don’t tell the whole
story – the Peugeot here may be slowest from 0-100 km/h but in everyday
driving conditions it’s actually quicker than the Honda CR-V. This is the lightest
car here and it really feels it – it takes less of an effort from the engine to
move it from a standstill. It’s less of a struggle compared to the Honda.
And this is a sweet, sweet engine just listen to it rev. Yes it’s old by now but
it’s still a nice car to drive – in terms of engine and performance I still rate
this higher than Honda’s VTEC Turbo unit When Honda first announced that it was
going to introduce a 1.5 litre turbocharged engine to replace the older
2.4 litre engine, a lot of people were skeptical you know they’d be asking
“eh, big car small engine, got power one meh?” “Can move ah?” Well obviously it can and under full
throttle I might even say that this car is actually pretty fast but a problem is
when you’re driving slowly in traffic or especially when you’re accelerating
slowly, the car tends to feel a little bit sluggish like it’s lacking that
low-end torque. Personally it’s not a problem for me but if you put it side by
side next to the diesel CX-5 then you’re gonna see that this car is actually
pretty lethargic. For those of you who are thinking that the CVT is the one to
be blamed here, let’s not jump the gun because it’s actually one of the better
built CVTs out there – it’s smooth and it doesn’t have the rubber band effect or
even lag. It also has a stepped function to mimic a conventional automatic
transmission. In this regard I have no complaints whatsoever.
Now the CX-5 is even better- it uses Mazda’s 6-speed automatic transmission
which is infamous for being a bit slow it tries to change gears faster so you
can save more fuel but with a turbodiesel engine it works perfectly because
it has so much of torque so no matter what gear you’re in you have power
already. The Peugeot also runs a 6-speed automatic gearbox sourced from Aisin. Here it does the job just fine but there’s always the rubbery feel to the throttle
that is typical of automatic Peugeots it’s fine but meh, it’s not great.
Also average is the Peugeot’s handling The steering is really quick and together
with this tiny steering wheel it feels light and darty like a much smaller car.
Body roll is also well controlled especially for an SUV but it just
doesn’t feel anywhere near as dynamic or as fun as the Mazda. On the move the
Mazda CX-5 is quite impressive – it has a sharp steering and the body roll is
quite minimal as well so if you’re looking for an SUV that is very car-like
to drive this would be it. It’s very close to the Mazda 3
but there are two issues that I would like to point out: number one being the
steering wheel is a bit too vague when you are driving on a straight line say
on the highway and the next one is the brakes – it feels a bit too soft so you
have to go deeper in to get more power out of the brakes but other than these
two issues, the car is very very enjoyable to drive and I love it! The CR-V
makes no claim of being a fun car to drive and the days of everyday Hondas
being sporty, well they’re long gone anyway Compared to the rest the CR-V has
the most body roll and it’s definitely not built to chase up certain cars up
Genting for example but in terms of stability, high speed stability
especially the CR-V is definitely among the best up there
it is surely surely better than the older CR-V In essence this one is geared
more towards comfort rather than sporty dynamics and being a family SUV I think
that should be a priority, right? It’s easily one of the most
comfortable car in this group and through rough potholes and speed bumps
the CR-V is gonna feel the least disturbed here. When you go faster it’s a
different story – now the CX-5 generally has a more stiff suspension setup
compared to the CR-V but when you start driving it fast say above 60 km/h you’ll
notice that the stiff suspension gives you a more planted feel on the road so
you feel a bit more stable – you don’t rock as much or compared to when you’re
in the CR-V for example As for the 3008 it’s the only one here to have a rear
torsion beam instead of independent rear multi-link suspension. Well by right you
expect the ride quality to be a little bit crap but somehow it manages to have
the best ride quality, most controlled and best damped suspension here. How Peugeot has
gotten the most sophisticated ride quality out of the most basic, cheapest
suspension around, God knows! On to refinement the Peugeot again has a very
strong showing here – under full throttle we recorded a maximum noise
level of just 70 dB for the Peugeot which is quieter than a CX-5’s 72 dB.
The Honda CR-V is by far away the loudest at full load at 75 dB!
Yep Honda’s usual issue with subpar refinement continues to affect this CR-V
as well. It’s not just the engine noise either which by the way is really loud and sound insulation from rolling noise
that’s severely lacking as well At a steady cruise of 110km/h,
again it’s the Honda that’s the loudest at a maximum of 70 dB. The other
two registered a similar max of 67 dB which is a big big difference. Now Mazda
claims that it makes the world’s most refined and quietest diesel engines and
yes I have to agree. The diesel feel in here it’s very quiet you don’t feel the
diesel clatter even at idle. The only time you would feel or you realise that
you’re driving a diesel-powered SUV is when you accelerate hard but then again
it sounds kind of good! Fuel efficiency is one of the most
crucial things for family vehicles such as these Euro 5 diesel is recommended
for the CX-5, so we tested it with Petronas Dynamic Diesel Euro 5 with Pro-Drive.
Engineer with learnings from the Dakar Rally, the new generation sulfur-free high performance clean diesel delivers a smooth drive and superior
fuel economy with cleaner emissions The new formulation is also available in
selected stations in Sarawak As to be expected, the Mazda CX-5 diesel used the
least fuel overall averaging 15.3 km/l over everyday driving conditions. Next up was
the petrol Peugeot 3008, managing 12.1 km/l followed by the larger, heavier Honda CR-V with
11.3 km/l This means the diesel Mazda is a good 30% more
efficient than its petrol rivals Alright so we covered pretty much all the basis
for each of the cars here so it’s time we take turns to see what we like and
don’t like about the cars Friz, you want to take a shot at the CR-V?
Don’t go all cocky now man but yes the CR-V is indeed a very well-rounded SUV, but it’s
the only one here to not have auto up-and-down functions for all windows.
Come on man, this is supposed to be one of your flagship models. It also comes in
last in the traditional Malaysian “door slam test” See? Doesn’t sound anywhere near as
solid as the other two One common complaint is the lack of a seven seat
option for Malaysia which is available in quite a few other markets but this
time I think Honda Malaysia made the right choice because having seen the 7
seater up close the last two seats are pretty much next to useless and they
don’t even fold flat. The Mazda has blind spot monitors, but the Honda offers this
LaneWatch system instead – it gives a clear view of the left side but no help
on the right The CR-V is the only one here to have adaptive cruise control. Well I don’t see this as a safety feature per se, it’s a nice convenience
feature for highway use Mazda didn’t market its active safety
feature as aggressively as Honda but this one does come with its own i-ActiveSense suite. There’s no adaptive cruise control but there’s autonomous emergency
braking or AEB present in more models instead of the top spec one just like
the CR-V. That to me is more important and it even comes with this brilliant AEB
function when you are in Reverse On to the warranty
the Honda may come with the best warranty coverage here with five years
and unlimited mileage but the Mazda counters that with three years worth of
free service. Not bad On the flip side it gets this old-school keyless entry
compared to the touch sensors that you can find on the other two cars. I mean,
come on. It’s also the only SUV here that doesn’t come with Apple CarPlay or
AndroidAuto in this day and age that’s quite a shame really.
The Mazda also has the most expensive road tax at nearly RM600 per annum compared to just RM100 on the rest, well at least it uses less
fuel now eh? Now I have to agree that the Peugeot is the best looking car here – it’s very gaya and it’s very futuristic looking but there is one thing that
don’t get – these thing that is supposed to cover the exhaust area – what is this la?
Another thing, the display screens they are very sharp on the inside but
the problem is the moment you put the car into reverse, it’s like watching a
3GP video on a 4K screen Now as usual with French cars, the glovebox is tiny – now this what I call a lazy LHD to RHD conversion And another
thing is that this is the only car here which has an ISOfix front seat but
remember if you want to use a baby seat, please make sure that you turn off the front
airbag, and the other thing is that this car also has electric child locks. One
thing I do like though are these sequential turn signals – it makes the car
look more premium. Nice one Peugeot! Okay so we’ve covered everything there
is to cover, so now it’s decision time Right, the Honda CR-V is really a complete
and capable SUV – it’s quick, it’s fast it’s comfortable and on top of all that
it’s just the most practical car of the lot But it is still loud and it’s boring
to drive. And my biggest complaint is that interior, I mean it’s fine in
isolation but put it next to these two it just feels cheap, man! That’s where the
Mazda stands out – the build quality is top-notch and it’s even comparable to
certain entry-level BMW and Mercedes models and the driving dynamics it’s
very nice to drive and the engine especially this 2.2 liter turbodiesel,
it’s perfect Conveniently skipping the part where it’s
the tiniest on the inside. That’s right! I mean even the smallest car here the
Peugeot is more spacious on the inside, you know And obviously it’s the best looker
here by far, it’s also the most comfortable, the most refined, it just
feels expensive through and through And it’s the cheapest car here, come on!
But the driving is just about average and the reason why it’s cheap is because
certain safety features were not specced in Right that’s true, then again every
car has its own strengths and weaknesses time for the final verdict. Friz, you got
to take this man Alright, alright, the Peugeot has to come in third place, I
mean we have to be realistic here, it’s still very much a left field choice especially
with a big question mark over its brand image and of course resale value
especially against these two more mainstream brands but that’s a pity
because I think otherwise it’s a fantastic car and it’s still my personal
favourite. And the Mazda comes in at a very close second and the main reason
why it’s not in the number one spot is because the practicality from the CR-V is
better but if you are okay with not having a car that has as much space as
the CR-V or if you put driving dynamics above all else then the CX-5 is the best
car for you. So yes ladies and gents the Honda CR-V is once again the top pick for
our class It gets all the important things done
just right especially in the window of being a family-oriented SUV So that’s it for our episode of Driven Powered by Petronas Dynamic Diesel Euro 5
with Pro-Drive and Petronas Primax Thank you for watching and we’ll see you next time.