For The CR-V has lots of space, impressive build quality and is comfortable to drive. The 2.2-litre diesel engine offers strong performance with low running costs; SE-T trim offers plenty of standard equipment, with the addition of sat-nav over the standard SE.
Against Off-road ability is limited and the 2.2-litre diesel engine can be noisy when pushed hard.
The 2.2-litre diesel engine is economical, with cheaper running costs than the equivalent petrol model. SE-T trim comes with lots of standard kit, but it’s not worth the extra money over an SE.
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.