The Honda CR-V existed long before today’s saturated SUV marketplace, starting its life in 1996, a good ten years before the Nissan Qashqai made it on to many a driveway.

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.

2018 Honda CR-V revealed in European specification

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.