Well built, robust interior, decent passenger space, excellent diesel engine, good to drive
Not particularly capable off road, firm ride
Honda realises that most people choose on off-road vehicle because it's more practical than a standard car and gives them a better view of the road. Coping with extreme terrain and steep inclines is not on the agenda, but the ability to deal with the odd muddy track or rain-sodden field is useful. The CR-V fits this bill perfectly. Like most modern 4x4s it is designed primarily for on-road use and thanks to decent handling and precise steering, it is happy pottering around town or on the motorway.
The cabin is robustly built and there's plenty of passenger space, particularly in the rear. Add in a large boot and some genuinely useful touches and it's easy to see why the CR-V makes a great family car. The model was mildly facelifted in early 2005 with a fresh interior and a slightly revised grille and lights.