Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

The Parkers VerdictShould I buy a Honda CR-V?

The CR-V's breadth of ability makes it a great and flexible choice for many families. There's something for everyone in the market for a large family SUV, which makes it easy to recommend. So yes, you should buy one.

It's worth noting that white it's not the most exciting family car, it is very practical and one that makes great sense on many levels. It feels well made, there’s a generous amount of space inside and it comes with lots of kit, too. The option of a pair of extra seats to give buyers a total of seven does boost its appeal further, although its rivals with seven seats – such as the Skoda Kodiaq – do offer more space.

Those seeking a straightforward purchasing experience will appreciate the clean-cut CR-V range. For starters, there are only two versions to choose between: the frugal but more expensive 2.0-litre Hybrid and the conventional 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo.

The two-wheel-drive Hybrid is also the cheapest to run, primarily due to its claimed mpg of 55.3. The less costly manual turbo equivalent can average a decent 44.1mpg, though, but you'll have to drive it in a reserved way to achieve near that figure. The CR-V is by no means a quick car, in any case, but the Hybrid is comparatively swift and the conventional manual petrol versions aren't far behind.

The lack of a diesel engine may limit the CR-V's appeal to some who still undertake long motorway journeys on a regular basis, but the petrol that is offered makes for a relaxed and quiet driving experience if you don’t work it too hard. Those seeking maximum economy and refinement, though, should opt for the Hybrid; it's the top pick for company car drivers, too, thanks to its frugality and low BIK costs.

Other than that, you’ll just need to pick a trim level – and we’d suggest mid-spec SE to strike the best balance between kit and price. The CR-V is more expensive than the previous generation, admittedly, but the generous kit list on all models and lack of extensive options available mean it’s not as bitter a pill to swallow as you might think.

You’re unlikely to be able to strike an amazing deal on the CR-V, though, as Honda doesn’t have a reputation for offering headline-grabbing deals. Ultimately, more premium cars are out there for similar monthly payments.

Further reading

>> The best family SUVs
>> Listed: our pick of the hybrid SUVs

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