The Honda CR-V was one of the first SUVs to be introduced that prioritised driving on the road rather than going off it. It offers a high driving position, spacious interior and its size gives added security when driving in town. As well as space inside, Honda has given the CR-V a long list of luxury and safety equipment, but that has pushed the price up to the level of premium rivals like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Honda has made the CR-V more comfortable to drive, and it benefits from Honda's legendary reliability record.
The S60 saloon is Volvo's best attempt yet to challenge the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class in the small executive class, and the V60 is the stylish estate version. The model line-up is the same as the saloon's, and flagship versions come with four-wheel drive, while the low-emissions DRIVe version has low running costs and cheap road tax. While older Volvo estates offer loads of space, the V60 is smaller inside than similarly sized rivals. But the company's reputation for comfortable cabins and first-class safety equipment remains intact, with both the main car and the Plug-In Hybrid model securing top marks in the Euro NCAP safety test.