But now, with many SUV options at every price point and style, it’s hard to see how the CR-V can stand out. To name a few, you have the Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Rav4 and Ford Kuga.
UK Honda boss Dave Hodgetts admits it’s a very competitive space, and is banking on a number of factors to help with its latest CR-V model. First, its “iconic image” thanks to being more than 20 years old and the fact that it has incredibly loyal customers who buy its cars again and again. This is very much the core of CR-V buyers.
However, the new CR-V will also get hybrid and seven-seat options for the first time, which Hodgetts is hoping will entice some new customers too.
The biggest change is not introducing a diesel in the model. It’s a bold move when you consider 60% of UK sales are currently diesel – even if we are seeing a dramatic turn against the oil-burner. Hodgetts believes plenty of those buyers will turn to its 1.5-litre petrol engine, but he’s hoping the hybrid will be popular with former diesel buyers too.