What used Honda CR-V estate will I get for my budget?
Honda CR-Vs from 2012 can be found from £10,000, but you will end up with either a high-mileage car or a poorly equipped S spec model. If you budget around £12,500, you will have a much wider choice of SE spec cars with 30,000-40,000 miles on them.
Petrol cars are less abundant due to their higher running costs and will also have fewer miles on them. This can mean that they cost the same, if not more, to buy than a diesel version. These cars should still be considered if you only do limited mileage on local roads, as you will avoid expensive diesel particulate filter issues.
How much does it cost to run a Honda CR-V estate?
Front-wheel-drive 1.6 i-DTEC CR-Vs offer the lowest fuel consumption at 64.2mpg. However, early 2.2 i-DTEC cars still offer relatively good economy if your budget cannot stretch to a later model. Petrol cars cost considerably more to run, especially when paired with the old-fashioned five-speed automatic gearbox.
Tax costs range from £230 a year for the most expensive version, a four-wheel-drive 2.0-litre petrol automatic, to just £30 a year for the 1.6 i-DTEC version. The 2.2 i-DTEC falls somewhere in-between, costing £145 a year, but beware the automatic version, which pushes emissions – and therefore tax – up considerably.
Used Hondas that are younger than eight months old with less than 8,000 miles can take advantage of fixed price servicing, which covers the CR-V for five years or up to 65,000 miles for a one-off payment. The plan can be transferred to the new owner, if you decide to sell the vehicle on before the plan has run out.