Honda Elevate CVT: Initial observations after a test drive

When you are in part throttle, engine is smooth and also it is very relaxed thanks to a smooth CVT (frame of reference for me is Nexon AMT).

BHPian rajshenoy recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

I got a chance to finally test drive the Elevate (mainly the CVT) and have mixed feelings about the car.


  • Boot is excellent and is really 450+ ltr unlike the false claims by the Koreans
  • Though it is a CVT, it was not boring. Throttle response felt crisp, especially in sports mode, it was very eagerly reacting to my gentle taps.
  • Built felt better than that of the Koreans
  •  Great rear leg/knee room and decent under-thigh support with raised footrest.


  •  Rear seat shoulder room is only enough for 2 + 1 kid. I am 5.7 and could almost touch the other door stretching from the other end.
  •  Sunroof is a joke, wish they did not offer one(I doubt my head could have gone out of it)
  •  During my test drive(simulated my typical city drive), efficiency did not look great and I got around 10.5 kmpl on MID. My Corolla (manual) with 1.8 NA petrol returns 11-12 for a similar stretch
  •  On the white color door, the weird rubber strips look so ugly and feel like cost-cutting

Overall, for those looking for a 1.5 NA car for an urban environment(small family 2+2) and having a 20L budget, I feel this is a very good car.

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