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MOTORING MOTORING


HONDA CR-V any car which has topped five


million sales has to be doing a lot of things right, and that is the case with the Honda CR-V, which has just been extensively revised. This British-built SUV offers


car-like driving, lots of interior space and the bonus of Honda’s impressive reliability record, so the new version is set to boost the sales total. The CR-V comes with petrol and diesel engines and, for


the first time in Europe, the choice of two or four wheel drive. The 2.2-litre 148 hp diesel engine is smooth and offers up to 50 mpg combined. The 2.0-litre petrol produces the same power but a little less mid-range punch, though fuel economy is still close to 40 mpg. Both engines come with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or the option of a 5-speed automatic. Prices start at £21,395 but my recent test model was a flagship version, the 2.0 litre petrol in EX trim, and with the 4WD option. Price tag in this form is £31,150, and you do get a lot of kit for the money. Features include panoramic glass roof, full leather interior, premium audio and sat-nav system, larger 18-inch alloys, keyless access, front and rear parking sensors and reversing


MINI COOPER CLUBMAN


The standard Mini is a great little car, but sometimes you need just a bit more space, and the Mini Clubman was created to meet that requirement, adding more passenger and load space to boost versatility. It’s a neat, compact package, which still exudes a cool image.


The Clubman has an 80mm-longer wheelbase than the three-door version, giving more leg-room for rear occupants and providing 100 litres of extra load space. And there is better load access too, with twin rear doors. The suspension set-up has also been tweaked and


delivers a more supple ride, though still retains Mini’s renowned grippy assured handling characteristics. Available with 1.6 petrol and diesel engines, the Clubman nicely addresses the need for extra practicality without


ROAD TESTS BY NICK FLETCHER


CONTINuING OuR NeW MOTORING COLuMN, THe exPeRIeNCeD AND AWARD WINNING MOTORING JOuRNALIsT NICK FLETCHER HeLPs OuR ReADeRs CHOOse THe BesT OF THe CARs.


camera, cruise control and dual- zone climate control, electric drivers seat with memory, power tailgate, cornering light system, and roof rails. From the outside, the new


CR-V looks big and important, and inside the cabin also impresses with classy design and a light, relaxing ambiance. There is ample room for five adults, the boot is enormous even by class


standards with almost 600 litres of space even with the rear seats in use. Folded down there is up to 1,600 litres. out and about, the cr-v is smooth and refined in petrol


From the outside, the new CR-V looks big and important, and inside the cabin also


guise, with a slick manual gearshift. Suspension is well tuned for a compliant ride and can also absorb bumps very well so overall it is a very comfortable car. Cornering grip is assured, and body roll is limited. The 0-60 mph time is good for this class,


impresses with classy design and a light, relaxing ambiance.


10. 2 seconds, top speed is 118 mph and the fuel economy is 37.2 mpg combined. Over several hundred miles of mixed driving, I got close with 35 mpg without any particular effort. While the CR-V is more expensive to


buy than most rivals and its fuel and emissions figures are not quite as good, that is countered by Honda have more solid re-sale values and an unmatched reliability record.


losing the heart and soul of the legendary Mini. My recent test model was a 1.6 turbo-petrol Cooper Clubman, priced at £15,910, and offering sharper performance and upgraded specification. top speed is 125 mph, the 0-60 mph time 9.8 seconds. Yet despite the nippy performance, fuel economy is 51.4 mpg combined.


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