Are there any SUVs which are more comfortable than Honda's CR-V?

My wife and I are both retired and live near Oxford. Once a week we drive to Suffolk, a round trip of some 300 miles, which contributes to a joint annual mileage of around 30,000 miles. We have two 60 plate diesels; my wife has a Honda CR-V and I drive an Octavia vRS, my third in a row. She much prefers the upright style and softer ride of the CR-V while I find the CR-V lacking in power and too prone to body roll. I also find the CR-V seats uncomfortable on longer journeys. At the moment, we still need two cars to maintain our individual activities and I would appreciate your advice on a possible compromise to allow the longer journeys to be shared equally. We don't necessarily need to stick with diesels but would want both cars to have the same fuel to avoid confusion at the pumps.

Asked on 12 January 2013 by BR, Wheatley, Oxford

Answered by Honest John
I can't believe you find a CR-V uncomfortable. The CR-V I ran for six months was one of the most cosseting cars I have ever driven. Not sharp, of course, but until the arrival of the Mazda CX-7 in 2007, it set the handling standard for 4WD SUVs. Possible alternatives to the CR-V are a Skoda Yeti, Mazda CX-5, BMW X1, BMW X3, Audi Q3, Volkswagen Tiguan, or the new Ford Kuga or new Toyota RAV4.
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