For The Honda CR-V is designed primarily for on- rather than off-road use, so it’s as comfortable and easy to drive as a family hatchback. There’s lots of interior space and the boot is simply immense.
Against It’s more expensive to buy and run than many rivals, yet entry-level models are poorly equipped. The handling is quite stodgy and refinement is nothing special.
The Honda CR-V gives you masses of space, great versatility and relaxed driving manners. However, there are plenty of other SUVs that offer more kit for less money.
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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.