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Honda CR-V (2007–2012)

Last updated 26 September 2017

Roomy and versatile. Very comfortable, pleasant and relaxing to drive. not at all cumbersome. 2.2 i-CTDI diesel is excellent.
Can be tricky to link a Bluetooth phone to the car's system, 2.0-litre petrol engine seems lacklustre compared to the diesel. 2.2 i-DTEC comes with a diesel particulate filter.
Updated 26 September 2017

Reader rwrites that in 2014 he paid over £600 for the repair of the aircon of his wife's 2008 CRV. He found various reports that state that in 2012 Honda UK extended the warranty cover on aircon...

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Introduction

When is a 4x4 not a 4x4? Honda would like you to believe when it's the new CR-V. And it puts up a very convincing argument. The 2007, British-built CR-V 2.2 diesel chucks out 173g/km CO2, which is less than a lot of cars and means you can park it for £130 a year instead of £300 in Richmond council's new residents parking tax scheme. It takes up less road space than the average family estate car, yet it offers more room inside.

It's safer for the occupants in a crash and even protects any pedestrians it may hit. So the mere fact that it offers part-time four-wheel drive to help get you out of a muddy field should not upset Ken Livingstone or Bamber Gascoigne in the slightest. You are definitely not an "idiot" for buying one. You can even have a rear window sticker to try to educate the green-envy brigade telling them "not all 4x4s are the same".

Like the RAV4, which was really the first of this type of vehicle, it's now in its third manifestation. And in fairness to the RAV4, the basic 2.2 litre diesel version of that also emits just 173g/km CO2, so is just as friendly to the planet. The big change with the 2007 CR-V is that Honda has made it more car-like to drive.

Honda CR-V 2.2 i-CTDi 2007 Road Test

Honda CR-V 2.2 i-CTDi Long Term Test

Owners' reviews

4
Mostly reliable, reasonable to run, comfortable, very spacious
5
Great drive and excellent build quality
2
Disappointing
4
Dependable & reliable car with everything you need except pulling power.
4
Roomy and reliable.
5
This is a comfortable and reliable car which I would highly recommend
 

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