For The CR-V has plenty of space, impressive build quality and is comfortable to drive. SR trim has impressive kit levels, with electric front seats and DAB radio fitted as standard.

Against The 2.0-litre petrol engine is only available with four-wheel-drive in this trim, raising overall running costs. It’s not cheap, either.

Honda CR-V Crossover

What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

Off-road ability is limited. There’s impressive standard equipment, but it comes at a price. We’d opt for SE trim, which offers similar kit for less money. The 2.2-litre diesel is a better bet if four-wheel drive is essential, too.

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10.2 secs
Top speed
118 mph
Average mpg
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Target Price team says:

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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