All versions of the CR-V are okay – rather than outstanding – to drive. Five-seat models are very practical, while the poorly planned seven-seater disappointsget the best price
SE versions add 18in alloy wheels, automatic wipers, front parking sensors, a rear-view camera, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone links and in-built sat-nav. It's our recommended option.
Engine: 1.5 VTEC Turbo
Hooked up to the CVT automatic gearbox the 1.5-litre produces 190bhp and all auto 'box versions come with four-wheel drive as standard. It’ll get the big CR-V from 0-62mph in 10.0sec and it’s peppy enough for most scenarios, without feeling quick. The CVT gets more power and torque than the manual version, and although it's slightly slower on paper we prefer its smoother power delivery. For towing or regularly carrying lots of people, rival diesels may prove a better bet, though, and it managed only 33mpg in our test.
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