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Deal of the day: Honda CR-V

Save more than Β£4500 on the Honda CR-V 2.2i-DTEC SE

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Honda scooped the Reader Award at the 2015 What Car? Car of the Year awards for the HR-V, which is due in the summer this year.

Before then, the Honda CR-V facelift will go on sale in March, meaning that prices for the outgoing version are dropping. Here's our pick from the deals available online.

The car: Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC SE
The saving: Β£4536
The discounted price: Β£22,604
The broker: Drivethedeal.com

For

The 2.2-litre diesel in this deal is our pick of the Honda CR-V range because it’s powerful, relatively economical and pulls well from low revs.

Considering its size and height, the CR-V handles well and is quite relaxing to drive. It’s also fairly comfortable; the suspension does a good job of soaking up smaller road imperfections around town.

Inside, the CR-V's fit and finish is of a high standard. The model also scored well in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey, being rated as above average for reliability.

The CR-V is also a very practical car to own, with a 589-litre boot that expands to 1648 litres with the rear seats folded. Those seats can be dropped by pulling a lever in the boot to make life even easier. Generous head- and legroom and easy rear seat access means this is a very family-friendly car.

Against

Rivals such as the Mazda CX-5 are more fuel efficient and handle better. The CR-V has slow and vague steering and is inclined to lean in to corners more than other SUVs. Mid-corner bumps can unsettle the car making it shimmy over the road surface.

The diesel engines are fairly gruff-sounding and don’t settle down when cruising. The optional five-speed automatic gearbox is hesitant and indecisive, and when it does eventually go for a gearshift it’s not particularly smooth.

Should I add any options?

SE trim comes with Bluetooth, parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers and a leather steering wheel.

Alloy upgrades are available as an optional extra, with 18-inch and 19-inch wheels costing Β£995 and Β£1195 respectively.

Anything else I should know?

This deal is only available when taking out PCP finance at 4.0% APR Representative over a period of up to 37 months with no minimum deposit. If you're paying cash, you'll need to add Β£1500 to the total price.

A five-year servicing package is available for Β£525, and a five-year warranty, roadside assistance and servicing bundle costs Β£845.

What next?

Head to Drivethedeal.com and select 'Honda' and 'CR-V' from the drop-down menus to see the full range of deals available.