For The CR-V has plenty of space, impressive build quality and is comfortable to drive. SE-T trim adds sat-nav to the standard SE. Two-wheel drive helps to keep running costs low.

Against Off-road ability is limited and two-wheel-drive models are still more expensive to run than manual diesel versions.

Honda CR-V Crossover

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3 out of 5 stars

Two-wheel drive means lower fuel bills than the four-wheel-drive petrol version, but it’s still not as clean as the diesel-powered models.

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All the engines are smooth, but our favourite is the punchy 158bhp 1.6-litre diesel. It comes with four-wheel drive, whereas the 118bhp version is front-wheel drive only and the 153bhp 2.0-litre petrol is available in front- or four-wheel-drive form.

Buyers with no intention of towing or venturing off road can stick with the front-wheel-drive versions, because in most situations you’ll struggle to tell the difference between the two- and four-wheel-drive models.

Equipment levels are good, as long as you avoid the entry-level trim. We’d go for 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 tight with their discounts. That said, CR-Vs are famed for their strong resale values, so you should lose less money in depreciation than with many rivals.

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