What’s new: Honda took the chance with its slightly revised CR-V small 4×4 to slot an automatic gearbox into the diesel for the first time, as well as increase the 2.2-litre diesel’s power by 10hp to 150hp and improve the cabin.

Excellent: The amount of standard equipment is impressive, and the new automatic transmission is a slick-shifter.

Good: The 2.2-litre diesel has been given more power and refinement, and is up to the impressive standard we expect from Honda.

Average: The running costs are hampered by a high P11D price?for this admittedly top-spec model, with residuals a reasonable, if not outstanding, 36.7%, leading to a cost permile of 67.7p.

Poor: Emissions are a big problem: the auto’s 195g/km is two bands behind its Toyota Rav4 rival, and even the manual version doesn’t get below 171g/km.

Verdict: Very good engine and gearbox combination, but emissions could prove prohibitive for many.

Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC EX Auto
P11D price £28,865
Model price range £20,610-£29,810
Fuel consumption 38.2mpg
CO2 (tax) 195g/km (31%)
BIK 20/40% per month £149/£298
Service interval variable mls
Insurance group 29
Warranty 3yrs/90,000mls
Boot space (min/max) 556/955 litres
Engine size/power 2199cc/150hp
Top speed/0-62mph 116mph/10.6secs
On sale Early 2010
Score 7/10
Verdict Good engine and gearbox
combination but emissions
could prove prohibitive