Overview of Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a four-wheel drive Sport Utility Vehicle built in Britain and powered by diesel or petrol engines.

Power units include a 2.2-litre diesel engine with 148bhp and a 148bhp 2.0-litre petrol alternative.

Both engines have a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or there is the option of a five-speed automatic.

The Honda CR-V was revamped in 2010 with new features including the increased soundproofing under the bonnet and in the cabin.

The ES trim was expected to account for about 55 per cent of sales, making this the most popular CR-V model.

The entry-level SE model is equipped with four electric windows, alloy wheels, air-conditioning and steering wheel-mounted stereo controls.

The mid-range ES adds front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear mirror, cruise control, unique interior inlay trim, USB connector for iPods and half leather Alcantara seats.

Equipment on top-specification EX cars includes electric driver's seat adjustment, 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, leather upholstery, DVD satellite navigation, a rear-view camera and a panoramic glass roof.

All CR-Vs have safety features including front, side and curtain airbags. There are also active front-seat head restraints. Honda CR-Vs also have a stability control system that not only counteracts mid-corner slides, but also snaking if a caravan or horsebox are being towed. Advanced Safety models include systems that steer the car back on to the road  if movement out of a lane on the motorway is detected, or brake if an imminent crash is picked up by sensors.

Technology packs that include Satellite Navigation and Bluetooth Connectivity are optional extras on all SE and ES grades. These were not available with previous or used Honda CRVs and consequently are a pleasing option.

The CR-V is built in Swindon alongside the Jazz and Civic and is exported to more than 60 countries across Europe.

The Honda CR-V was launched in 1995 at the Tokyo Motor show. Two years later it began to sell in Europe. In 2002 the second generation of the model was launched retaining the off-road styling and the dual Pump four-wheel drive gearbox. A 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine was adopted and a new body structure introduced.

The i-CTDi diesel engine was introduced in 2005 and the CR-V was given new styling front and rear, while the cabin was also revamped.

Remember to get your model serviced, in case you need replacement car or replacement van parts.

007 New CR-V launched to the strap-line, not all 4x4s are the same because of its low CO2 emissions and frugal economy figures.

Since 1996, over three million CR-Vs have been sold in 160 countries. In the UK in 2009, Honda sold 12,000 CR-Vs.

The recently revamped CR-V has a revised exterior consisting of a new front bumper and grille.

The nose is split into two sections by a new Type R-style honeycomb grille. The bumper’s design compliments the CR-V’s pronounced bonnet and together with the revised rear bumper adds 44mm to the overall length of the car.