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The Cars We Tested Throughout November 2021

The presence of the Indonesia International Motorcycle Show (IIMS) Hybrid 2021 event is quite refreshing for our souls as vehicle testers. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen so many new cars in one ride that freed us up to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of these new products. The IIMS Hybrid treats all of that, and here’s a rundown of the cars we tested throughout November 2021, for the most part, from that yard.

BMW 520i M Sport

The Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) model, aka the facelift of the BMW 5 Series, has now officially arrived in Indonesia. Mejeng in two variants namely 520i M Sport and 530i Opulence. You can still easily identify this model as the seventh generation 5er (G30). It’s just enlivened by design revisions and technological improvements.

It is very easy to distinguish between the two variants of the “Business Athlete”. The 520i version carries the M Sport package so that it looks more sporty. While the 530i powered option comes with an elegant style. I also had the opportunity to try out the 520i M Sport format a bit. It was held at the BMW Test Day event, to be precise at the J99XAR drift circuit in the Karawaci area, Tangerang (10/4) yesterday.

What’s Special?

You could say the 5 Series itself is a complete embodiment of the sedan from a dimensional point of view. It’s always the right size to convey a sense of luxury – nothing more, nothing less. It strikes a balance between the passionate, youthful and agile 3er and the stodgy exclusivity of a 7er. Like in a life cycle that has finished finding its identity. Stay committed and build a legacy but still have a young soul. Well, this view may also apply to class rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

This can be taken as an image of the dimensions and a bit of an image of a 5er. In essence, he is big but not as gigantic as the 7er – of course in comparison to the size of today’s sedans, which in fact look very plump for the standards of 20-30 years ago. Then about the image, it seems that BMW Indonesia also seems to place the 5er position as a point of life that is being committed and starting to prepare a legacy.

BMW 520i M Sport
BMW 520i M Sport

In the launch video can be read. Bring the names of executives in large companies or prominent figures. Leaders in a relatively large scope. Being on small peaks with the opportunity to then touch the world’s highest peak (this is the realm of 7er if you can compare it). It is an illustration of the level of success of the 5 Series, although it is possible that one of them is riding a flagship luxury saloon in the back seat.

That’s a general 5er picture. Then in the trim division there are two more ‘achievements’ strata. An affirmation, especially after entering the LCI phase. Tend to be young at heart or have become more powerful (powerful) and need comfort along with a calm image. The reason is, the entry level 520i is now present in the dynamic M Sport trim package. Meanwhile, the 530i’s more powerful option is elegantly made with the Opulence model.

To note, all have CKD status. It’s also the first time the 5er CKD model is available in the M Sport format – previously the sporty trim was shipped intact and exclusively served on the 530i. So the question, why not a powered option traded in an aggressive package? Of course there is an influence from market demand. As explained by BMW Indonesia Vice President Sales and Network Development, Bayu Riyanto.

“So when we were together and collected the existing data, we saw that customers in the 520 market segment wanted something sportier and more visual. Then the 530 segment, he really wants a bit of luxury and is more towards users who sit in the back and then they enjoy the vehicle,” he explained during the press conference for the launch of the new 5 Series (9/4).

Visual and Tech Update

Okay, the 520i M Sport clearly looks charming through its aggressive body sway. There is a cheerful and dynamic expression in the large body. As if to show that being an executive today doesn’t just have to be serious and rigid.

For example, in the front bumper game. The middle Airdam apron is accompanied by a honeycomb ornament beside the large intake tub. Also at the rear, a trapezoidal exhaust resides in the space of the M Sport Package’s fierce diffuser element. Not to mention the use of 19-inch lightweight alloy shoes in the style of Y Spoke Bicolour, successfully harmonizing the style of the top. Bigger and more fashionable than the previous model.

Of course, LCI’s excitement this time was not limited to providing new clothes for the entry-level variant. There is a general design revision. The main highlight is the refresh of the traditional identity. For example, in the quad headlamp at the front, the four lighting sources are now accentuated by the letter L visual strip. Also, the new headlight visuals can be found on the rear.

Technological content matters are also improved. Complementing the Adaptive LED Headlight and BMW Selective Beam capabilities, it has now adopted the BMW Laserlight as standard. The laser beam can provide high beam illumination of up to 530 meters without dazzling drivers in the opposite direction.

Don’t worry about other built-in features, stay luxurious and sophisticated. Call it smart access without needing to interact with physical panels. Comfort Access System includes automatic lock operation with proximity sensor. This is also the case for luggage, just swing your legs. Further prestige affairs emitted by the sunroof.

Cab Adjustments Make It Look More Classy

When you first enter the cabin, you immediately feel the cockpit space is solid but spacious. Yes, this is the 5 Series, definitely not a compact sedan. Wide, the view outside feels a bit intimidating, though not severe. Just adjust the electric bench in such a way to get the best visibility.

It will feel familiar if you ever stop by or at least glance at the pre-facelift 5 Series cabin. Without major changes, from the composition of the shape and layout of the components are similar. Two large screens dominate the dashboard. Herein lies the refinement, each carrying a 12.3-inch monitor as the infotainment system and instrument panel. Yep, now the instrumentation is displayed on a bigger screen for an entry level.

The changes don’t stop there. At least the 520i now feels even more luxurious and sporty thanks to the new interior theme. The standard electric bench has been changed to the Sport Seat model which is more optimal in holding the back position. There is also an extra adjustment for the thigh support. In addition, the trim ornaments on the dashboard switch to Aluminum Rhombicle Smoke Gray and Pearl Chrome trim. Don’t miss the Galvanic Embellisher silver control game and the M Leather Steering Wheel.

These extra features and interior themes certainly add to the premium value of the entry-level model. Not to mention that the pattern of the bench is not left plain through the diamond pattern on the porous leather material. The built-in supplies are definitely not left behind. For example, the ability to operate Gesture Control infotainment, device integration functions, 2 Zone automatic AC with an extra blower at the back, to wireless charging.

Furthermore, Adaptive Suspension class functions are present in the 520i. In addition, driving assistance such as Dynamic Cruise Control with Braking function is available to ease the burden of long-distance travel. Makes maneuvering even easier with Parking Assistant installed so you can let the car execute parking maneuvers. Including Reversing Assistant which provides automatic steering input when going backwards according to the initial direction of entry.

A Bit of Riding Sensation

Satisfied with knowing the location of the 5 Series update, then it was my turn to try it out. Just a little taste of the dynamics of the executive sedan guided by BMW Driving Instructor, Gerry Nasution. This activity itself was carried out at the J99XAR drift circuit in the Karawaci area of ​​Tangerang. Precisely located in the Maxxbox Lippo Karawaci parking area.

Yeah, not up to the highway. On this occasion, three questions were provided to be tested, namely acceleration and deceleration, cornering stability at high speeds, and agility to maneuver in narrow areas. The first starts with a straight obstacle course, continues to the oval area for two laps, and then ends with a sharp winding obstacle arrangement for two laps.

For acceleration may not expect much. The reason is, behind the bonnet of the 520i, there is a 2,000 cc TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder unit coded B48. Is a power booster which is also utilized by the 320i. Even so, that does not mean he is considered lousy or lackluster. For everyday needs, the extraction of 184 hp and a savage torque of 290 Nm is more than sufficient. The paradigm of ‘old people’, which often views the small caste nomenclature as being incapable of doing anything, certainly does not apply here. All rotation is then channeled to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.

Regarding the prowess of cornering at high speed, there is no need to doubt it. The legs sector presents a high level of confidence. Not to mention the support for computer intervention to provide a safe and precise driving experience. For example, a company of assistance in the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) stability tool. This includes Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), and others. Simply put, all these devices help provide optimal handling and safe travels.

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One thing that might be somewhat doubtful is its ability to maneuver on a narrow winding road. As mentioned earlier, the 5er is not a compact sedan. Even the smaller BMW 3 Series isn’t exactly compact. Especially 5 Series. Gigantis, its dimensions are equivalent to the body of the E38 generation 7er SWB in the 90s decade.

However, large dimensions are not always synonymous with less agile. The executive sedan turned out to be quite impressive when invited to maneuver at low speeds. Steering wheel input is sharp and has a short ratio that can break. But all that did not make him lazy at high speed. Everything is neatly composed, although the steering wheel feedback is considered a bit numb. (Crm)

Hyundai Santa Fe 2021

Hyundai Santa Fe 2021
Hyundai Santa Fe 2021

For urban people, the latest Hyundai Santa Fe can be one of the products with a complete menu. Starting from the design (exterior and interior) to the performance that deserves thumbs up. We had the opportunity to try the New Hyundai Santa Fe with the Jakarta-Bogor-Jakarta route with various road conditions, ranging from urban roads, toll roads to blusukan in the development area around South Bogor.

The Hyundai Santa Fe has a striking appearance thanks to its different front fascia design from the previous generation. The grille design that is integrated with the headlights makes it very easy to spot, not to mention the T-Shaped LED headlight design that further emphasizes the identity of the new Santa Fe from the front. Thus, it is very easy to recognize the shape of the New Santa Fe through its front fascia.

An interesting part worth exploring from the New Santa Fe is the 4-cylinder 2.2-liter CRDi diesel engine that has been refined. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the performance of the New Santa Fe diesel engine feels explosive when used to accelerate on the highway. The displacement of the automatic transmission feels responsive reading the engine speed so that 200 hp and 441 Nm of torque are presented so quickly without pause.

Product Expert of PT Hyundai Motor Indonesia (HMID), Bonar Pakpahan, explained in detail what changes were made to the New Santa Fe engine. It turns out that Hyundai engineers made a special blend to the combustion chamber and pistons in order to produce a maximum driving experience. Honestly, the performance of the New Santa Fe diesel is much fiercer when compared to the previous generation which has a slightly larger engine capacity.

It’s different again when we talk about the performance of the petrol version of the New Santa Fe which is equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder MPi engine. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the petrol-engined Hyundai Santa Fe has a more polite character when it spews 178 hp and 232 Nm of torque to the wheels. In a way, the character is very suitable for urban consumers who face stop & go road conditions every day.

The New Santa Fe petrol variant is a new species aimed at providing a different driving experience from the previous generation which was only available in one variant, namely diesel. However, if this vehicle is marketed as an urban family car that has activities that are not too heavy, it will be enough. He will get an attractive package from a medium-sized SUV that has a luxurious appearance, reliable performance and comfort in the form of smooth engine vibration and quiet sound typical of gasoline engine cars.

However, Astrid Ariani Widjana, General Manager of PT HMID had stated that consumer demand for the gasoline variant was quite high and even rivaled the demand for the diesel variant. Unfortunately, Astrid did not specify the sales figures for the Hyundai Santa Fe Gasoline and Diesel.

The features in the Hyundai New Santa Fe are quite a lot and they are all so functional. Starting from the Remote Engine Start which makes it easy for the driver to start the vehicle engine and air conditioner just before entering the cabin. Another feature that is quite functional is the Smart Power Tailgate which allows opening the trunk door with a foot movement under the car. Okay, almost every vehicle in this segment is equipped with similar features with different terms. But at least Santa Fe didn’t fall behind.

Next, driving safety devices such as Lane Following Assist which keep the vehicle in the lane. As soon as the driver is caught off guard, the Lane Keeping Assist feature immediately corrects and returns the New Santa Fe back to its lane. Both of these features neatly read highway markings, especially on toll roads, this feature is quite useful in reducing the risk of accidents.

The next feature is Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) which automatically warns of a potential collision risk, when the New Santa Fe is too close to another vehicle in front of it. Indeed, the vehicle does not automatically brake. But once the system reads the possibility of a collision, the car brakes automatically. Not only cars or motorbikes, the system can also read other objects in front of the vehicle such as bicycles to pedestrians.

Along the way we hardly found much to criticize. About the comfort of the cabin, to be honest it is very comfortable. New Santa Fe which has a 7-seater configuration, each seat is wrapped in quality leather. The seat position can be adjusted electrically. The spacious cabin is designed with a layout that gives the impression of being spacious as well. Not to mention there is a large panoramic sunroof on the roof of the cabin and emphasizes the elegant impression of the New Santa Fe.

Hyundai only provides a complete package of features for the highest variant, namely the New Santa Fe Signature, both gasoline and diesel engines. However, PT HMID actually presents six variants of the New Santa Fe for the Indonesian market with prices ranging from IDR 569 million – IDR 729 million.


Electrification seems to have become the mecca of many world manufacturers lately to present environmentally friendly mobility solutions. The movement in the country is no exception. Several brands have started initiatives towards the era of electrification. Presenting hybrid or EV contestants, whether it’s limited to introductions or even confidently throwing them into the market.

Yep, more and more players. Finally, MG – which is a new player – dared to introduce the EV model to Indonesia. The MG ZS EV, an electric version of the ZS crossover, will premiere at the 2021 Indonesia International Motor Show. It’s only just getting to know each other and has not yet entered the field. Even so, at least it can be tried in the IIMS 2021 test drive area.


So EV doesn’t need to be intimidating, it looks like a conventional model

Usually we find a very futuristic style EV model. It’s like coming from the future with all the advanced technology wrapped in a simple yet clean design. A bit intimidating for conventional car standards. If not intimidating, the right word to define it may be foreign to the eye. For example, Hyundai Kona, Ioniq, or Toyota C+Pod. There is a strange nuance whether it’s from the dimensions or the design of the face without a hollow nose like wearing scuba glasses on land.

So it raises the question if you are still used to a conventional car that ‘breathes’. How do they (EV contestants) breathe the air? The answer of course: no need to breathe. That’s the characteristic of an electric car. The pacemaker does not breathe oxygen to create motion. Its main requirement is limited to component cooling. Thus, in general, the grille cavity is closed so that air flows more efficiently on the outer side.

But not for the MG ZS EV. The bend still looks like a conventional ZS from all sides. For example, the face and chromium grille that you may know very well are like which manufacturer. Yep, doesn’t look like a noseless scuba diver at all. There is an ‘style’ grille as a hood to cover the power plug. Easy on the eyes. As a differentiator, the inside is not planted with honeycomb patrons but carries a composition of star distribution – as we see in Mercedes-Benz or DFSK Glory i-Auto.

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Likewise on the other hand, at first glance looks exactly the same. Whether it’s the body profile, glass, exterior sweetener, it’s all the same. The steps are simpler than other conventional car manufacturers who are also enlivening the EV landscape. There was no significant differentiation, it might be reasonable to conclude that ZS EV is limited to ZS after successful heart transplantation. At best it is felt in the details such as the grille and rim design.

Is the Peak of Luxury ZS

From the outside there may not be a visually obvious difference. Being on the borderline between not wanting to look special or trying to help adapt to technology without being eccentric. At least the ZS EV can be imagined as the ultimate variant of the MG compact crossover family. Okay, the MG ZS Ignite can also look sophisticated and classy thanks to the existence of a panoramic sunroof. But to note, the function of the exterior features of the ZS EV is slightly more complete with the smart entry button feature on the door handle.

The upscale feel is much thicker in the cabin. OK, the dashboard design is similar. Also MG’s attempt to display the lineage of British sports cars is legible in the interior. In ZS, we can see the use of the flat bottomed steering wheel. Not intact to form a circle for the sake of emitting a sporty impression. It also exists in the electric model, so the main highlight when entering the cabin.

First sitting, the differentiation of elegant nuances is immediately felt. Its strongest element is the dark atmosphere of the selection of leather seat wrappers and black dashboard panels. From there, the new shiny silver bezel adorns the various sides along with glossy black accents on the head unit. It’s not the combination of brown and black with carbon accents that makes a ZS seem like it’s trying too hard to look good but it’s not working – it’s purely a matter of preference, feel free if you like.

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Operationally there are also differences – not to the point of carrying the control or throttle lever from the plane, indeed. MG puts a shift knob-shaped transmission lever to select forward, reverse, or neutral. Not new in the automotive world but not standard components in general either. With a chromium finish, it becomes part of the transmitter of an elegant feel. Its position is in the same room with the electric driving mode controller and the KERS power regeneration option.

Installed another feature to make the ZS EV look just fine if it is labeled higher. It hasn’t been marketed yet, but if you look at its existence as an electric car, it’s definitely much more expensive. Is a six-way electric bench for the driver. In addition, the complete list is also enlivened by dual zone AC, cruise control, to an 8-inch touchscreen entertainment facility containing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions. Not left behind are six speakers plus a 3D sound effect as well as a cabin freshness guard, a PM 2.5 filter, complete with dust and pollen filters.

The safety guard is also fairly comprehensive. Six airbags and three-point seat belts for all passengers. The handling guard post has also been supported by the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) control stability guard. Other assistance in the form of Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to electric parking brake complete with auto hold function. When parking the driver will be guided by the reverse camera and proximity sensor.

Feels fun but a bit foreign to the body

The exterior and interior don’t really show any differentiation from the conventional model. But as is well known, the ZS EV is fully electric so it can be expected that there will be a totally different driving sensation. Relying on Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor with a maximum power of 143 PS and abundant torque of up to 353 Nm.

The electric booster extraction rate is clearly well above the capabilities of conventional models. As an illustration, the engine room starts with a 1,500 cc DOHC 16 valve VTi-Tech four-cylinder unit. Above the average 1,500 cc booster, he is ready to pour power up to 114 PS and a torsional moment of 150 Nm. Like earth and sky when comparing these two twins.

The first thing I tried when I entered the test track was of course acceleration. More or less that is the only thing that can be tested quite well in a limited test track in the open field of JIExpo Kemayoran. Very impressive. Although it is confirmed that there is an increase in the weight of the battery, the torque kick still provides an extra strong boost. When the gas pedal is stepped on, the car is ready to go like a guerrilla soldier stabbing an opponent with a bayonet in the silence.

The character when spurred on clearly represents his passionate potential on paper. Even so, there is a strange sense of control. It’s as if the gas pedal’s sensory nerves aren’t directly connected to the motor that creates velocity. There is a bit of bureaucracy that must be resolved first between the two. ‘Artificial’ perfectly defines the character of the response from the pedal to the motion. With no cables to pull, there’s no rumbling of the engine at the pressure of the feet. But that’s how technology shifts, it needs habituation.

The most important habituation is to align the hearing with the motion of the vehicle. Because the cabin is not really quiet. There are still soft thumps from the suspension game on the paving blocks, although they are not disturbing. There is also a sound like a fan roaring in the firewall area, especially when there is an equivalent regeneration of the engine brake. It’s not a problem because all the noise doesn’t bother you, especially if you’re listening to music. It’s just that, if you expect an electric car in the MG ZS class to be as quiet as a modern flagship sedan, please break it yourself by trying it.

The agility of moving left and right needs to be tested further. But a little can be read that the ZS EV is still well composed. The weight of the steering wheel feels right along with the precision rotation response. Meanwhile, the suspension slams slightly stiffer on a row of artificial mounds. Just a little and not as much as a cart. You could say there is a sporty sensation behind it all.

About how far he can go only the current data can explain. The 44.5 kWh battery is claimed to be able to bring the electric-powered ZS up to 335 km in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) optimistic calculation cycle. Charging from a home wall charger is said to only take 6.5 hours. Once filled it may be enough to commute to the office for five days.

Dare to Pay How Much for this MG Electric Crossover?

Interesting, the completeness is clearly above the conventional ZS most expensive trim. Exactly like the relationship between the regular Hyundai Kona Electric and Kona. Yep, when he paved, Kona is likely to be the main rival. Offer a full electric driving option with a relatively affordable price tag. If Kona Electric is attached with a Rp 697 million label, it seems that the MG ZS EV could be positioned below that. Given this well-known British brand market extra value fighters at lower prices in the market. Does it make sense if it is labeled Rp 600 million? (KRM)

Honda CR-V 2021

What is your reason for buying a car? Outward appearance, cabin comfort, engine performance, safety features? Of course the answers vary. But one thing is the same, consumers are now increasingly pampered. Manufacturers continue to develop technologies that support driving comfort and safety. In fact, now there is no need to buy an expensive premium car to be able to get a driving experience accompanied by advanced technology. As Honda presented recently through the 2021 New Honda CR-V, which is filled with many advanced technologies and features.

Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) officially marketed the New Honda CR-V in the country last February. Honda’s proud SUV, which is now in its fifth generation, brings a series of sophistication, namely through Honda Sensing. This packaging, aka the active safety feature package, can now be enjoyed in an SUV, which Honda initially provided through the latest generation of Accord, in 2019.

Through the CR-V, of course, the features on the Honda Sensing can be more utilized with a higher practical value than the Accord. Moreover, SUVs are now the type of car that are more in demand by consumers in the world, and their capabilities are more capable of devouring a variety of road terrain.

Honda Sensing which is present in the New CR-V offers a series of safety support features. These are the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CBMS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed ​​Follow (LSF), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Auto High Beam (AHB). Complete, like your personal bodyguard.

Honda CR-V 2021
Honda CR-V 2021

The embedded features of Honda Sensing can be seen through the exterior refresh of the Honda CR-V, especially on the front fascia. The new grille design is actually a minor change, embedding a sensor or radar panel under the ‘H’-shaped logo. In addition to the grille, the exterior changes from the 2021 New Honda CR-V are only in the form of the front spoiler and intake, just below the grille, which creates a more modern and classy impression.

The rest, nothing significant, even barely noticeable. Like from the rear bumper which is now with more minimalist chrome accents. Then don’t forget the 18-inch alloy wheels that tend to be luxurious, shaped like flower petals. The LED graphics on the headlights and taillights have also been refreshed, to make it look different from the initial version of the 5th generation CR-V when it debuted in 2017.

In harmony with the exterior, the interior of the New CR-V 2021 edition also gets a minor upgrade that is more visual in nature. One of the most interesting is the infotainment system on the 7-inch touchscreen. Compared to before, the screen in the middle of the dashboard looks integrated and embedded into the dashboard, unlike before, which actually looks like aftermarket defaults. In addition to infotainment, the New CR-V also has a new fully digital meter cluster, via a 5-inch TFT screen.

Carvaganza recently conducted a review and test drive for the 2021 New Honda CR-V. Now, before getting into the car, we have been spoiled with a feature that has also just been brought to the CR-V, namely Remote Engine Start. So, before traveling, we can warm up the engine and cool the cabin, without even having to open the door. With just a button on the keyless remote, the CR-V can be turned on and ensure the cabin is cool before we drive.

Honestly, there really is no need to doubt about the Honda CR-V as an SUV to become a partner for everyday mobility. The quality of comfort and ride is one of the best in its class. So it’s not surprising that the CR-V still exists until now marketed, as one of Honda’s flagship products.

Because the improvements offered through the facelifted version of the CR-V are more about features and technology, we focus on testing in this sector. Can this set of technologies work well and is easy to use in everyday driving conditions like in Jakarta? Moreover, of course the majority of CR-V users will be more family-oriented, as well as driving between cities.

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Actually all the new features and technology from Honda Sensing will work automatically as long as we drive. One of the simplest and easiest to know how it works is the Collision Mitigation Braking System aka CMBS. This feature works to prevent accidental collisions with vehicles in front of us.

The system works by utilizing sensors located on the grille and at the top of the windshield. Honda designed the CMBS to work in two stages, to minimize the potential for collisions from the front. This feature will react when we are considered too close to the vehicle in front and do not respond to reduce speed, in this case braking.

For example, when we are in heavy city traffic, when we close the distance too quickly with vehicles or other objects on the road, the system will give a warning. Beeps and warning signs will appear flashing on the meter cluster. The warning sound is quite loud, which will automatically increase our alertness when we are careless.

However, if the warning has appeared and we do not react to the input to the brake pedal, CMBS will enter the second stage. The system will take over the alias override to brake automatically, even until the car stops.

We recommend not letting the CMBS run when driving on expressways or quiet highways that allow the CR-V to go quite fast. Especially if the driver is easily startled and does not have a good reaction in an emergency. CMBS is safer to use in city traffic. However, also pay attention to the traffic conditions around us, if you want to intentionally test this feature.


Actually, you could say these two features work integrated, because the way they work is relatively similar. In principle, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) keep the car in position so it doesn’t leave the lane without the driver realizing it. Like CMBS, RDM and LKAS work separately in two distinct stages.

Both RDM and LKAS are active when the CR-V exceeds 72 km/h. Both will also help our car stay in a safe position, when we are careless with the condition and speed of our car on the road. Sensors and radar will read the markings aka the road dividing line in carrying out their functions.

When we unknowingly exit the lane or without using a turn signal, the system will react to give a warning in the meter cluster. After that, RDM works to correct the direction of the steering wheel, the aim of which is to return the car to a safe position in the starting lane. You could say, the steering wheel will move automatically when correcting the car’s position. For the record, the system has been active since the car was driven.

Meanwhile, LKAS is an advanced stage with a more comprehensive work system than RDM. Radar will read road markings as well, including unbroken road markings. So, LKAS can read two different types of road markings, unlike RDM. This feature can be activated via the button on the right side of the steering wheel.

As soon as the system reads the car is heading out of the lane without steering input or starting with a turn signal, the correction will be made. First by giving a visual warning also on the instrument panel, then giving a vibration signal on the steering wheel. LKAS has more ability than RDM to correct the position of the car or steering wheel rotation. In the working speed range of LKAS, when the road turns, the system can change the direction of the steering wheel following the direction of the road that is read by the sensor.

However, despite being able to change the direction of the steering wheel to keep the CR-V’s position safe on the road, LKAS will ‘protest’ if the driver ignores it. If the steering wheel is read too long without input since the warning is given, the display on the instrument panel instructs the driver to take over.

In principle, the combination of RDM and LKAS can be used to make the New CR-V turn automatically, without us having to hold the steering wheel. However, this method is not recommended to be done, considering that it is the same as releasing control on purpose.

ACC with LSF

Among the new features that are present in the 2021 Honda CR-V edition, the combination of the cruise control system is the most interesting. Even under certain conditions, we can make the CR-V drive by itself, either to go or stop automatically when activating these two features.

The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) owned by the CR-V is actually no different from that of other cars that have existed before. Cruise Control is integrated with radar and sensors which is now an addition to the new CR-V. Now we can drive the CR-V constantly at the speed we want, while maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles in front of us.

As usual, the operational principle of cruise control on the 2021 CR-V can also only be activated at a minimum speed of 30 km/hour. Cruise control will make driving more practical when passing on a smooth highway, at a constant speed, one of the benefits of which is to make fuel consumption more efficient. And with the adaptive function, the CR-V can also keep its position safe with other vehicles in front.

There are three levels of distance that we can choose when we activate Adaptive Cruise Control, which will then automatically adjust the speed if the vehicle in front of us is slower than the speed we set on cruise control. The system will also automatically follow changes in the speed of the vehicle in front, until the fastest according to what we have determined from the start.

At least by activating ACC we can make our feet more relaxed when traveling long distances, such as out of town for example. That way, we can enjoy the comfort of the CR-V that has been trusted for five generations. Starting from the tight cabin, soft and sturdy suspension swing, steady steering, as well as abundant and easy features.

Well, what’s interesting about the cruise control of the New Honda CR-V that Honda Sensing brings is the Low Speed ​​Follow (LSF) function. This feature is more practical when we are driving in the middle of heavy traffic in the city. this feature will be active once the cruise control is activated at the lowest speed, which is 30 km/hour.

This is the most interesting; when in a crawling condition, with Adaptive Cruise Control active, the LSF will also still adjust the speed of the CR-V to the vehicle in front of it. Even when conditions are stuck or demand reduced speed, the system will follow the vehicle in front as it functions. While maintaining a safe distance, ACC and LSF then swiftly applied the brakes to reduce the speed of the CR-V, even to the point of stopping altogether.

Then from this stop condition, then the vehicle in front is moving again, the CR-V will automatically follow the speed without us having to input to the pedal at all. So you could say, the CR-V seems to take over the operation of the brake and gas pedals when Low Speed ​​Follow is activated. That way, we only need to position the stand by foot on the brake pedal and keep your hands on the steering wheel.

But, even though the ACC and LSF can perform almost all the basic operations of driving, that doesn’t mean we can trust them completely to replace us with driving. You could say the New CR-V has entered the semi-autonomous level, but it is not recommended to do other activities behind the wheel when these two features are activated. ACC and LSF only make it a little easier for us to prevent unwanted things.


Like a personal bodyguard, the presence of the Honda Sensing feature set has become a significant development for the 2021 Honda CR-V edition. Especially if you look at the initial specifications when it launched in 2017. Like the All-New Honda Accord, the 2021 New CR-V has entered a semi-autonomous level which can partially take over the driver’s role under certain conditions.

The Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) features, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Active Cruise Control (ACC) and Low Speed ​​Follow (LSF) on the CR-V, which are Honda’s mainstay mainstream products, became a breakthrough. deserves thumbs up. This means that Honda is starting to dare to provide features and technology that were previously classified as expensive, which can be enjoyed by consumers.

As for the driving sensation, as I said earlier, the CR-V is one of the SUVs that has the best driving quality in its class. Starting from the comfort with a spacious cabin, its tightness, the characteristics of a lightweight and precise suspension and steering wheel, to a smooth engine and transmission. For those looking for performance, it must be admitted that the CR-V is not the most powerful, but to be used as a vehicle to explore the city every day, it seems there is nothing to complain about.

So not only the new face has changed slightly, Honda offers the new CR-V 2021 with an abundance of Honda Sensing features and technology that will make our trip safer and easier. Interested to have? The 2021 Honda CR-V can be owned at a price (OTR Jakarta) starting from Rp. 489 million to Rp. 577 million.

Gallery for The Cars We Tested Throughout November 2021

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