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Honda reveals today the European version of its new fourth-generation CR-V SUV which will be built at the company's UK plant in Swindon.
Renault is finally introducing its budget Dacia brand in the UK with the launch of the Duster, a handsome small-to-medium-sized SUV.
Engine: 4.2-litre normally aspirated V8 petrol
Transmission: seven-speed S-Tronic automated manual
Power: 450PS at 8,250rpm
Torque: 430Nm between 4,000 and 6,000rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 26.4mpg
CO2 emissions: 249g/km
Top speed: artificially limited to 155mph, option to increase governed top speed to 174mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 4.7 seconds
Price: from £54,925
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Heather Read bought a Honda CRV last September, but apparently it all went horribly wrong and she ended up with a refund, but no vehicle. Heather and her family need four-wheel drive because they live on top of a hill in an area that is prone to flooding. They like the idea of seven seats – space is a priority for visits to family around the country – and they might get a dog! Heather is currently test driving various 4x4s, but which one should she buy?
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Martin Simon is 64, lives in the hills behind Stroud, in Gloucestershire, and needs a small four-wheel-drive diesel that is fun, sturdy, and comfortable enough for occasional long journeys. Martin also likes gadgets. The budget is £15,000 to £20,000. He does not mind second-hand if it buys extra quality.
Top speed: 112mph 0-62mph 10.9 seconds
CO2 emissions: 158g/km
Best for: Occasional eco-sensitive off-roading
Also worth considering? BMW X1, Kia Sorento, Volkswagen Tiguan
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