Honda CR-V (2007 – 2012) At A Glance
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
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Why does Transport for London's site say my Euro4 petrol car will have to pay the ULEZ charge?
"I have a Honda CR-V (2007 - 2012) 2.0 i-VTEC EX - which, according to Transport for London's website, will attract a daily ULEZ charge. When checking against other websites, the car is listed as exempt. The car was registered in the UK and so must have had Euro standards of Euro 4. What do you think? Many thanks."
You haven't said what other sites you're using but I would lean towards believing the TfL site is the most accurate. That said, I actually think your model is a Euro4 so I'd get in touch with TfL. I used the reg of another vehicle that's the same model as yours from 2007 and the ULEZ checker said it was exempt, you just have to pay the congestion charge. I'm not sure if TfL is incorrect (because you haven't given me your reg to check), or whether you've seen you still have to pay the Congestion Charge and might be confusing that with the ULEZ. If the latter is the case, there are only a few exceptions to paying the CC. People living within the congestion zone receive a 90% on the charge, although you must be a registered resident to qualify. Blue Badge holders qualify for a 100% exemption from the Congestion Charge but you must register with Transport for London and pay £10 before travelling. Disabled drivers that are exempt from road tax are exempt from the Congestion Charge and do not have to register. Motorbikes, mopeds and bicycles are exempt, there's also a Cleaner Vehicle Discount for some electric and plug-in hybrid cars and vehicles with nine or more seats. Basically, everyone else has to pay it.
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What's the best cheap car for towing a caravan?
"What's the best sub £4500 car for towing a caravan with special reference to reliability? I've been told 4x4's are the way to go from friends who tow however some people swear by a good RWD estate like a BMW 5 Series. With twin 3-year-olds space is a must however the vehicle must be reliable. I'm not too fussed on economy or refinement within reason as the vehicle will only be used once a week and maybe at the weekend throwing a few bikes in the back."
If you have £4500 to spend I'd avoid any premium cars that cost £40,000 when new. The servicing and mainline costs for a second-hand BMW 5 Series will be very high and any serious mechanical problems will quickly render the car worthless. However, if it's reliablilty you want then the 2008/09 Honda CR-V 2.2 i-CTDI 4x4 diesel would be a good option: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/honda/cr-v-2007/
More on the best cars for caravans: https://heycar.co.uk/guides/best-15000-cars-for-towing-caravans
What cars offer a good ground clearance and large boot?
"We live in rural Cornwall and go camping a fair bit. We're after a secondhand (less than £5000 to spend) car with a large boot and decent ground clearance as we frequently go down unmade/lumpy tracks. What are the options? "
A Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 sounds like a good option. Both have big boots, high ground clearance and are generally very reliable. Avoid diesels unless you cover a lot of motorway miles. You could also consider a rugged version of an estate car like the Skoda Octavia Scout.
Which used SUV is best for rural driving?
"I'm very nervous about buying a car as I've been stung a few times. I have moved to a rural area with lots of narrow lanes and deep gullies at the sides. I want to trade in my 2010 Saab convertible (as it's unsuitable for my new area) for something more robust like a Honda CR- V, Mazda CX-5 or a Landrover Freelander. I have around £5000 to spend plus the trade-in price of the Saab. I would be most grateful for any advice."
A Honda CR-V would be your best bet out of that shortlist in terms of reliability. We'd also recommend a Toyota RAV4 or, if you'd consider something a little smaller, a Suzuki Grand Vitara. This should give you an idea of the value of your Saab: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/used-prices/