For S-T trim brings additional kit over the S, including sat-nav and Bluetooth as standard. The two-wheel drive version is cheaper to buy and run than four-wheel drive petrol model.
Against Off-road ability is limited and two-wheel-drive models are still more expensive to run than most 2.2-litre diesel versions.
The CR-V has plenty of space and great versatility. Two-wheel drive also means lower fuel bills than the four-wheel-drive equivalent. We’d upgrade to SE trim, however, which comes with more standard equipment.
Both engines are smooth, but the diesel is the better choice because it gives more low-end torque and far superior economy. However, even the diesel’s fuel consumption and emissions are nowhere near those of the class leaders. Petrol buyers with no intentions of venturing off road would be well advised to stick with the front-wheel drive car. Unless you’re driving on snow and ice, you’ll struggle to tell the difference between the front-wheel-drive car and the 4x4 versions.
Kit levels are good across the board, whether you’re looking at safety or creature comforts. We’d recommend an SE model, which comes with all the kit you need for a reasonable price. Honda dealers always score highly in customer satisfaction surveys but they’re very tight with their discounts. That said, CR-Vs are famed for their extremely strong residual values.