What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For It's impressive on-road, extremely roomy and well equipped

Against It's not great off-road, and the part-time four-wheel-drive system kicks in too often

Verdict It's one of the best 4x4s (except off-road). It's spacious and practical, too

Go for… 2.0 VTEC SE

Avoid… Diesels

Honda CR-V 4x4
  • 1. Even basic SE trim has air-conditioning, all-round electric windows and good safety kit
  • 2. Cabin space is excellent - in fact, no other mid-sized 4x4 is bigger
  • 3. Some owners have reported cars cutting out or losing power, with the exhaust gas recirculation valve to blame
  • 4. You'd need to do loads of miles before the costly diesel engine makes financial sense - the petrol engine is best and more refined
  • 5. Boot space is very good, and the split-folding rear seats give extra versatility
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