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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The 2.0 engine came in two different versions. The original had 128 bhp, a 0-60 time of 12.5 seconds and a Combined fuel consumption figure of 27.7 mpg. The revised 147 bhp unit from August 1998 is a better choice; it’s quicker (0-60 in 10.5 seconds) and more economical (it has a Combined consumption figure of 29.1 mpg).

Drivers find CR-V nippy, willing and surprisingly easy to drive. It’s refined enough for motorway work and agile enough for around town and the school-run. Should it be needed, all have ‘Real Time’ automatically selected 4×4 that’s activated when it senses slippery conditions. But with limited ground clearance, CR-V isn’t designed for serious off-roading.

Because of its car-like set up, CR-V has a composed ride for a 4X4.