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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 huge.

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.

Honda CR-V Crossover
33 5stars

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 equipment and superior refinement for less money.

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There are 25 Honda CR-V versions available

Crossover 2.0 i-VTEC S 2WD 5dr £22,000
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 i-VTEC S-T 2WD 5dr £22,765
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.6 i-DTEC S 2WD 5dr £23,060
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 i-VTEC S 5dr £23,100
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.6 i-DTEC S-T 2WD 5dr £23,825
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 i-VTEC S-T 5dr £23,865
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 i-VTEC SE 2WD 5dr £24,000
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 i-VTEC SE-T 2WD 5dr £24,765
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.6 i-DTEC SE 2WD 5dr £25,060
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 i-VTEC SE 5dr £25,100
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2 i-DTEC S 5dr £25,205
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.6 i-DTEC SE-T 2WD 5dr £25,825
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 i-VTEC SE-T 5dr £25,865
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2 i-DTEC S-T 5dr £25,970
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2 i-DTEC SE 5dr £27,205
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.6 i-DTEC SR 2WD 5dr £27,315
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 i-VTEC SR 5dr £27,410
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2 i-DTEC SE-T 5dr £27,970
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 i-VTEC Black Edition 5dr £28,405
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 i-VTEC White Edition 5dr £28,405
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2 i-DTEC SR 5dr £29,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 i-VTEC EX 5dr £30,255
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2 i-DTEC Black Edition 5dr £30,510
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2 i-DTEC White Edition 5dr £30,510
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.2 i-DTEC EX 5dr £32,340
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

All the engines are smooth, but our favourite is the punchy 2.2-litre diesel. Buyers with no intention of venturing off road can stick with a front-wheel-drive 1.6-litre diesel or 2.0-litre petrol version (the 2.2-litre diesel is available only with four-wheel drive). Unless you’re driving on snow and ice, you’ll struggle to tell the difference between the front-wheel-drive car and the 4x4 models.

So long as you avoid the entry-level trim, comfort and safety equipment levels are good. 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 resale values, so you should lose less money in depreciation than with many rivals.

Reader test team says:

Honda CR-V Crossover 2.2 i-DTEC EX 5dr

After four years in an Audi, I wanted some 4x4 capability for the winter and with a new dog, a larger boot. After an extensive search, the CRV seemed…

PAUL SMITH

1 out of 5 stars

Honda CR-V Crossover 2.2 i-DTEC EX 5dr

I replaced an 07 Honda CRV with the new model. After reading your reviews on both the BMW X3 and the Honda CRV, I drove both. The BMW was the quicker…

Robert Smith

5 out of 5 stars

Honda CR-V Crossover 2.2 i-DTEC EX 5dr

The need for economy pushed me down from a full sized SUV (Merc ML) to a more compact model and the CRV won through. The winners were comfort - drives…

Alistair How

4 out of 5 stars
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