What alternatives should I consider to a used Honda CR-V estate?
The CR-V’s closest rival was the second-generation Nissan X-Trail, also launched in 2007. Like the CR-V, this could be bought with a 138bhp petrol engine or 148bhp diesel, but there were other options, including a 171bhp diesel and a (very thirsty) 2.5-litre petrol. The X-Trail has the Honda beat for luggage volume, but its rear seats are not quite so spacious. Unlike the CR-V, it was offered with front-wheel drive, and this has the potential to trim your fuel and tax bills a little.
Land Rover’s Freelander was also a long-time rival to the CR-V, but while it’s classy, good to drive and talented off-road, it simply can’t compete with the Honda in terms of reliability or practicality.
The Toyota RAV4 is a little smaller than the CR-V (and therefore less practical overall), but it’s similarly reliable. What may put you off is the refinement; it’s significantly noisier than the Honda.