2019 Honda CR-V VTi-S getting Honda Sensing safety tech

November 30, 2018

Honda Australia will soon boost safety for the CR-V, giving the VTi-S AWD variant the Honda Sensing driving assist features otherwise only featured in the top VTi-LX model.

Honda Sensing is the company’s safety suite for driving assistance technologies, packing in autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and road departure mitigation. These technologies have only been fitted as standard on the top VTi-LX variant.

Giving the VTi-S Honda Sensing means all all-wheel drive models will be equipped with the comprehensive safety systems. It does mean that the other four variants below it will still miss out on the advanced tech while some competitors offer similar packages as standard.

This rollout will come into effect on January 1, and will see a slight price hike for the variant, of $1000. Prices will start from $36,490 (excluding on-roads). No other changes are made to the specifications and standard equipment list. Speaking about the update, Stephen Collins, Honda Australia director said:

“This is another step closer to our commitment of having Honda Sensing across our range in 2022. Honda Sensing will be introduced at each full-model change and wherever possible we’ll add to individual models in our line-up, such as this CR-V.”

As standard the CR-V VTi-S comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch touch-screen media interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a power tailgate, Honda’s clever LaneWatch camera system, sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, and a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine that produces 140kW and 240Nm.

You can check out our full review here for more details on the CR-V, including our usual 0-100km/h video.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.