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WHAT IS AN SUV?
The abbreviation ‘SUV’ stands for ‘sport utility vehicle’.
These cars have their roots in the simpler off-roaders that were the preserve of rural motorists. Coming into their own from the 1990s onwards, as increasingly sophisticated vehicles, an SUV is taller than a conventional car with a raised driving position and a sought-after commanding view of the road that everyone can enjoy. Typically equipped with deeper profile tyres and a more pliant suspension, SUVs give a comfortable ride on today’s often brittle and bumpy roads. In addition, their wagon-like bodystyle means there is no shortage of space – making them the ideal family hold-all.
Everything you need to know about choosing an SUV
Still in doubt?
Do all SUVs have four-wheel drive?
Honda SUVs give you a choice. For example, the Honda HR-V is front-wheel drive. This means you have the traction advantage over a rear-wheel drive layout without the weight penalty of four driven wheels. In a small SUV, like the HR-V, this configuration makes a lot of sense. In the larger CR-V, the range offers front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (AWD) variants. AWD versions of the new CR-V come equipped with our new Intelligent Control System that applies precise amounts of torque to the driven wheels, when it’s needed, to ensure energy is not wasted.
Are SUVs good to drive?
Yes, Honda SUVs are refined, responsive and enjoyable. On a long journey, you'll find their advanced technology gives you a highly efficient, smooth and relaxing drive. However, if the mood takes you, you'll discover they provide a rewarding driving experience too. Witness, for example, the new high-performance turbo HR-V Sport – our sportiest SUV ever.
Are SUVs easy to park?
Yes. With their raised driving position and large glass area, Honda SUV drivers enjoy a superior view of their surroundings. In addition, technology lends a hand with front and rear parking sensors and a multi-angle Rear View Camera available.
How safe are SUVs?
Very. The HR-V and CR-V were designed to provide outstanding levels of active and passive safety for drivers and passengers. Like every new Honda, they've been awarded the maximum five-star rating in independent tests performed by Euro NCAP and feature Honda SENSING – our suite of advanced driver assistance technology.
Which Honda SUV is best for me?
To understand which SUV best suits your needs, consider your budget, the size of SUV that would fulfil your requirements and whether you’d prefer a petrol, diesel or petrol-electric hybrid engine.
Is there a hybrid SUV in Honda's range?
Yes. The CR-V is now available with our responsive, smooth and efficient new i-MMD hybrid powertrain. Living with a CR-V Hybrid is simplicity itself; the engine automatically selects the optimum driving mode and you’ll never have to plug it in as it generates its own electricity. We have been selling hybrids in Europe for twenty years and our accumulated knowledge and experience is manifest in the all-new CR-V Hybrid.
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Does Honda offer a compact SUV?
Honda’s small SUV is the sporty HR-V. It may be compact but it is roomy on the inside, stylish on the outside and thoroughly engineered throughout. Its looks are deceptive because within that coupé-inspired body lies an ingenious, flexible interior that provides over 1,400 litres of boot space when needed. Engineered with an engaging front-wheel drive chassis and a choice of engines from Honda’s renowned VTEC engine family, it’s no wonder the HR-V is one of the world’s most popular SUVs.
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Which is Honda's largest SUV?
Our bigger SUV is the world-famous CR-V. Available with either five or seven seats, turbo charged or hybrid power and front or all-wheel drive, it combines practicality with versatility and dynamic performance that you can feel.
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