There’s a good reason the Honda CR-V consistently ranks among the best-selling SUVs in the world. In fact, there are several reasons.
The original CR-V was launched in 1995 with great success, and its descendants have remained popular, in large part thanks to Honda’s signature blend of reliability, functionality and frugality.
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This latest CR-V arrived in the UK in 2018 with a competitive 561-liter trunk and significantly improved interior technology including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
He also ditched Honda’s popular diesel engine and got a CVT. Its only power choice, a turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline, was available with either 170 hp or 190 hp. A 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain was then added in 2019, making the CR-V a more attractive proposition for highway stints, while regenerative braking increased its urban efficiency. The gasoline was stopped shortly after.
Comfort is a central point for the CR-V, and so its flexible suspension glides over bumps and potholes. The flip side is that the car leans a lot in the corners, although it still handles competently for its size.
The hybrid (which has a newer 2.0-liter engine) is quieter in town, especially when its electric motor starts up, although this is short-lived due to a small 1 kWh battery.
There are five trim levels to choose from, from the base S to the higher end EX.
With the S trim, you get 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and cruise control, plus a choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Prices start at around £ 20,000 for a low-mileage CR-V in this spec, like the 69-reg car we found with 8,500 miles on the clock.
If advanced infotainment is a must for you, upgrade to a higher specification as the S trim only has a 5.0 inch screen. Next-rung SE offers a significant upgrade, benefiting from Honda’s latest Connect system as well as dual-zone climate control and two USB ports.
It’s possible to find an SE for a minimal premium over an S, like a 2019 model with 9,250 miles that we saw for £ 21,990.
EX brings in even more tech, including blind spot monitoring, a heads-up display, cordless phone charging, and a power tailgate, but it can be picked up for just a few thousand more. A two-owner, 170bhp petrol on a 19 plate with mileage under 30,000 was up for £ 22,295.
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