Honda CR-V: Cold Boot

Despite the relatively conservative-looking interior and what looks like a bit of cost cutting on interior plastics, the new CR-V hasn’t compromised on safety. Half a dozen airbags, ABS with EBD and Vehicle Stability Assist, and the optional all-wheel-drive mean you have enough weapons to deal with an emergency. The CR-V is more car-like to drive than it has ever been, which can’t be an altogether bad thing.

Additionally, in the 2.4-litre version, there’s electronic power steering, which can vary the weightiness of the wheel depending on the speed you are doing. If not for the slightly higher seating, you could mistakenly believe you’re sitting in a sedan – that is until you panic brake and the higher centre of gravity becomes apparent. It’s a good thing the CR-V comes with those weapons we mentioned.