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.
What Car? says
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 18 Honda CR-V versions available
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:
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