A touch under £9500 is what separates the basic five-door CR-V from our top-flight EX model, and at £36,455, this particular CR-V finds itself in pricey territory. The Honda’s fully loaded trim level explains the situation, however. Standard equipment on an EX includes 19in wheels, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and an electric tailgate.
However, the lower-grade SE is still fairly handsomely equipped, offering sat-nav, 18in alloys, rear-view camera and parking sensors – all coming for much better value. With front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, the CR-V SE will cost you just £27,855.
As far as depreciation is concerned, our sources inform us that a CR-V in the same spec as our test car will retain 47% of its value after three years of ownership and 36,000 miles. That, compared with the Volvo XC40 and with CAP’s forecast for BMW’s X3, looks competitive. Where the Volvo will maintain 53% over the same period, the BMW will hold only 46%.