Changes to the Honda CR-V have made this one of the most fuel-efficient mid-sized SUVs on sale. The 1.6-litre engine emits just 133g/km of carbon dioxide and achieves 55.4mpg on the combined cycle.

Despite the engine’s lack of thirst, it still has a healthy 258lb ft of torque. That’s enough to pull car and caravan from 30-60mph in 15.9 seconds. That’s a respectable pace, but there are plenty of quicker cars in this weight category.

Stability also falls under the heading of ‘good but not great’. At a steady 60mph in still air, the CR-V is quite happy, but when the wind picked up or we drove a little faster, the caravan began to move around. We’re not talking about anything alarming, but we didn’t have the same confidence in the Honda as in the best 4x4s.

The lane-change test was the CR-V’s weakest point. The caravan was pushing at the back of the car on the second of three runs, and on the third and fastest run the caravan took over and pulled the car sideways.

The Honda CR-V’s strengths lie elsewhere. The cabin is very roomy, with lots of space whether you are travelling in the front or the back. Our practicality testers had no trouble fitting every item of holiday luggage in the car, and the levers either side of the boot make it easy to fold the rear seats down and extend the space further.

Although it’s not cheap to buy compared with its mainstream rivals, Honda has a deserved reputation for reliability and the CR-V should hold its value well.

Category Winners
2019 Up to 1400kg

Škoda Octavia

Hatch 1.5 TSI 150PS SE L DSG

2019 1400-1549kg

Seat Ateca

2.0 TSI 190PS FR DSG

2019 1550-1699kg

Volkswagen Arteon

2.0 TDI 150PS Elegance DSG

2019 1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2019 1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 SDV6 HSE

2019 Best Budget 4x4

Dacia Duster

1.5 dCi Ambiance 4x4

2019 Best Plug-In Hybrid

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

P400e HSE Dynamic

2019 Best Ultralight Tow Car

Seat Arona

1.0 TSI 115 FR

2019 Fuel Economy Award

Ford Focus Estate

1.5 EcoBlue 120PS Titanium X

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BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport


Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE*


Skoda Superb Hatch

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG


Nissan Qashqai

1.6 dCi (130PS) Stop/Start System Acenta Premium

Up to 1424kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance


Jaguar XF

2.2D Premium Luxury


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Sport


Land Rover Discovery 4

3.0 TDV6 XS


Volvo XC60

D5 SE Geartronic


Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi Titanium auto


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI Sport 4Motion

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