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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What's the best Honda CR-V for £5000?
"I am looking to buy a Honda C-RV automatic car with a petrol engine for around £5000. What year should I be looking for to be the most reliable?"
With a £5000 budget, you'll be looking at example from around 2008. They're generally reliable cars but not without their issues: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/honda/cr-v-2007/good
We'd recommend looking for one that's been well maintained with evidence of regular servicing (receipts as well as a stamped service book). They like to rust, too, so check the MoT history for any advisories for corrosion.
Why won't the battery in our Honda CR-V hold a charge?
"My daughter has a 2009 Honda CR-V 2.2 Diesel. Every few weeks the battery goes completely dead and the car has to be jump-started. The local garage cannot find the reason. The battery is only a few months old. I understand this is a common problem. Any ideas? "
Either the battery has been damaged by an incorrect jump start or the car is suffering from parasitic battery drain caused by a circuit that continues to draw a charge long after the car has been switched off.
If the car is suffering from parasitic battery drain then it could be any one of a number of things (boot light, radio, interior light etc). Best to have a parasitic leak check carried out by a garage to identify the cause. You can do some basic checks yourself by switching off everything and seeing if the battery holds a charge. You can then switch each circuit day-by-day until you identify the faulty unit. If this doesn't solve the problem then I would suggest seeking a reputable auto electrician.
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.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
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