Entry-level CR-V models are keenly priced, but upgrade to the versions with more desirable engines and trims and it starts to look a little pricey compared with cars such as the Nissan Qashqai.
Resale values are strong, however, and although dealer discounts aren’t likely to be as generous as those at, say, a Ford showroom, it’s possible to haggle a decent amount off the list price.
The 1.6 i-DTEC diesel model is impressively frugal, with an official average of 64.2mpg. CO2 emissions of just 115g/km for this model are very competitive, too, but Nissan offers a Qashqai model that drops below the 100g/km barrier.
Opt for larger-engined and four-wheel-drive models and costs rise dramatically, especially if you opt for the 2.0-litre petrol.
Most CR-V models come with a good standard of equipment, but the entry-level S model has some rather odd omissions. Climate control, cruise control, electrically powered driver’s seat lumbar adjustment and all the safety and entertainment features you’d expect are included, but you need to upgrade to SE to gain desirable convenience features such as Bluetooth, parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers and leather steering wheel trim.
SR trim also gives you heated, part-leather seats, xenon ‘active cornering’ headlights, sat-nav and a height-adjustable front passenger seat, while pricey EX trim adds full-leather seats, a panoramic glass roof and a powered tailgate.
Honda CR-V reliability
Honda's reliability record is generally excellent and the CR-V consistently performs well in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey. The perceived quality in the cabin – the feel of the plastics and materials – leaves a little to be desired, but the car still comes across as well put together.
The CR-V was placed fourth out of 15 models in the SUV category of the 2014 JD Power customer satisfaction survey and 12th out of 109 models overall. As a brand Honda was sixth out of 26 manufacturers in the same survey.
A three-year/90,000-mile warranty and breakdown assistance comes as standard; extended warranties and fixed-price servicing packages are available.
Honda CR-V safety & security
All CR-Vs come with front, side and curtain airbags, and a stability control system that not only counteracts mid-corner slides, but also snaking if you're towing a caravan or horsebox. Automatic four-wheel-drive models also have a hill descent control system.
There are expensive optional safety systems that keep you a safe distance from the car in front, steer you back on track if you start to wander out of your lane on the motorway and brake if an imminent crash is sensed.
The CR-V was awarded the maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. All versions get an immobiliser and an alarm to help fend off thieves, although only SE models and above get a CAT 1 alarm.
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This entry-level model has most of the kit you’d expect, but misses out on some desirable features. Climate control, cruise control, electrically powered driver���s seat lumbar adjustment, heated door mirrors and a full array of safety kit are standard, but there’s no Bluetooth or parking sensors.
Upgrading to SE is worth the extra cost over S models because you gain desirable convenience features such as Bluetooth, parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers and leather steering wheel trim. There are also extras that make everyday driving that bit easier, such as auto-tilting, electrically folding door mirrors and rear air vents.
SR trim pushes the CR-V’s price uncomfortably high, but you get lots of luxury kit, such as part-leather seats, sat-nav and xenon ‘active cornering’ headlights. A height-adjustable front passenger seat is a useful addition, however.
On top of the standard kit on CR-V SR models, EX trim adds full leather upholstery, a panoramic glass roof and a powered tailgate. All very nice, but it doesn’t make sense to pay this much for a CR-V when you could get a BMW X3 or Volvo XC60 for much the same money.