Proton X70 vs Honda CR-V

When the original Proton X70 was launched in 2018; it got an instant hit among Malaysians. Mainly since it houses several features of Volvo, 

However, even though it got offshoot sales after its launch, it could hamper the dominance of Honda CRV in the Malaysian market.

The article aims to give you a fair comparison of the two:

Proton X70

Proton X70

1. Style

When the original Proton X70 was launched, it became an instant hit among the Malaysians. The car has all the inbuilt features to be a perfect choice for the customers who are looking for an affordable and stylish vehicle.

The interior is superbly designed with an all-black theme with chrome accents.

The higher version has Nappa leather upholstery imparting a stunning look to the car interior.

The other features include Premium 2WD variants include 19-inch wheels, powered front passenger seat, a panoramic sunroof, and a nine-speaker audio system with amplifier and subwoofer.

The 8-inch infotainment system is well placed to give a great view to the passengers and not to mention the automatic air-conditioning controls designed for deep ventilation.

2. Performance

The Proton X70 is powered by a 1.8-litre TGDi petrol mill coupled with a 6-speed automatic gearbox with manual shift mode.

The engine produces 184 PS at 5500 rpm and 258 Nm at 1700 to 4400 Rpm. If you are planning to buy X70, you will have a choice 2 Wheel drive or four-wheel drive options.

The vehicle goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.1 seconds, which is decent for a family SUV.

The breaking performance was amazingly good. In a straight line, the vehicle takes 37.4 metres to come to a complete standstill from 100 km/h.

The wheels are largest-in-class with 19-inch alloys. The suspension is fully capable of giving you a smooth ride even in rugged terrain.

3. Safety

All variants of Proton X70 comes with:  

  • ABS with EBD and brake assist, traction control.
  • Six airbags, stability control (using Bosch’s generation 9.1 of the system)
  • Hill-start assist and hill descent control – the latter is fitted on both front- and all-wheel-drive variants, and pegs the downhill speed at 4 km/h.

The premium models go a step further with Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).

This is a unique combo of autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, front collision warning, blind-spot monitor and Intelligent High Beam Control (IHBC).

The adaptive cruise control works best at speeds between 30 to 150 km/h and doesn’t help much during the low-speed drive.

4. Features

The Proto X70 houses a 1.8-litre TGDi Petrol Engine and 6-speed AT. The rear and front Daytime running lights form a unique attraction to the vehicle.

The other features include:

  • 6 SRS Airbags
  • Intelligent AWD (For AWD model only)
  • Dual-zone air-conditioning
  • 184hp (135kW) of power with 285Nm of Torque
  • Ride & handling tuned by MIRA, UK
  • USB Connectivity & 8″ Infotainment System with a touchscreen with “Hi Proton” voice command feature, and Bluetooth. 

Proton X70 features

5. Fuel economy

When compared with Honda CR-V, the Proton X70 gives out slightly more mileage.

Various tests have revealed that Proton X70 gives a mileage of 7.4-litre/100 km.

6.Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The basic warranty is five years from the date of the vehicle’s first registration or 150,000 km, whichever occurs at first.

The company warrants that it will either replace or repair as it deems appropriate free of charge on any part of the vehicle if there are any defects in material or workmanship under regular use.

The Honda CR-V

1. Style

When it comes to style CR-V does not have any competitors. The car comes with an impressive exterior and can undoubtedly be considered as the sportiest looking car in the Honda category.

The CR-V gets an attractive look with full LED headlights and LED front fog lights.

CR-V has a bolder and powerful look with its impressive alloy toned wheels.X70 looks slightly dull in its design. The L-shaped taillights add a pinch of style to the exteriors making the Honda CR-V look ageless.

Proton X70 vs Honda CR-V 1

2. Performance

For someone who is a fan of Honda CR-V, fortunately, they have two engine options. The smaller one 1.5-litre DOHC VTEC TURBO unit is giving out 193 PS at 5600 rpm with a maximum torque of 243 Nm at 2000-5000 Rpm. The bigger option is a 2.0-litre SOHC i-VTEC mill which produces 154 PS at 6500 rpm with a peak torque of 189 Nm at 4300 Rpm.

3. Safety

This car is equipped with state of the art safety features. The entire design and engineering are done, giving the highest importance to passenger safety. Some of the safety features incorporated in Honda CRV are:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control 
  • Brake Assist 
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines 
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure
  • Smart Vent® front side airbag
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) 

The unique Honda sensing technology comes with a range of features to assist the driver, which comes handy in any driving situation.

Collision Mitigation Braking System(™)(CMBS)

Helps to avoid collision by instantaneously breaking the car in case any obstacles are located in front.         

Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)

This system helps to keep the vehicle within the specified track and not letting it move off track.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow

Will manage the speed of the car in accordance with the speed of the vehicle in front.

Blind Spot Information System (BSI)

Gives an alert to the driver in case if any vehicles are present in the blind spot of the vehicle

Multi-Angle Rear-view Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

Gives an accurate view to the driver and helps to choose between the three angles 

  • Wide
  • Normal and 
  • Top-down

Cross Traffic Monitor

Helps to sense any obstacles or moving vehicle while reversing.

4. Features

The base model of CR-V is powered by a 2.0 Litre SOHC i-VTEC engine, giving out 154 PS and 189 Nm. CR-V excels when it comes to the performance of petrol engines, one of the famous trademarks in Honda models.

Honda CR-V 2020 has an incredible 522 litres worth of boot space. If you fold down the back seats, you will get 1,084 litres of boot space.

5. Fuel Economy

The vehicle is super fuel-efficient. The 1.5 TC produced a mileage of 7 litres / 100km during test drives. The CR-V does not burn more than 9 litres / 100km.

6. Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Honda Malaysia provides free maintenance services for up to five years with unlimited mileage. Free servicing can be claimed up to five times within the mentioned time frame or mileage as above. 

This is applicable only to peninsular Malaysia, and in case if you are not located here, you can check out with the local dealer to know the details of the warranty.

Read a more detailed Honda CRV review here. 

Honda CRV

Which car is better to buy?

Market research has shown that people like it comforting to drive Honda CRV when compared to Proton X70.

The X70 is slightly cheaper in price when compared to Honda CRV, but if you are looking for a vehicle that is more robust and fun to drive, the Honda CRV will be a good choice.

The Proton X70 is slightly more fuel-efficient than Honda CRV but the latter scores high when it comes to performance and safety.

Additionally, Honda’s excellent service centre facilities more than make up for its slightly high cost. Visit your nearest Honda dealer and service centre to know more.

Final verdict

If you are planning to buy a car which is customer-friendly, robust and full of safety features, the Honda CRV is definitely the one to go for.

This car is a great and is an ideal example of how Honda team has taken into consideration the modern-day needs of its consumers and combined it with their proprietary technology

This results in a vehicle which has excellent performance and matches well with international safety features.

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