What to look for when choosing a family 4×4

Choosing your family car is one of the biggest investments you’ll make this year, but not all 4×4’s are created equal, so what should you be looking out for?


If you’re looking for a family car then practicality is a must. While that soft top might look enticing, imagine how cold you’ll feel during the winter months on the school run!
Features such as wipe clean surfaces aren’t exciting, but you might look back and find them a God send in years to come. Fold flat seats can also prove a huge bonus for transporting large bulky objects, and they can mean the difference between taking a washing machine home on the day, or waiting, and paying for the privilege of delivery.

Interior space strangely tends to bear little correlation to the exterior size of the vehicle. It’s all about intelligent design and ensuring space is used wisely to maximise that roomy feel. The Honda CR-V was recently awarded the title of ‘Most Popular 4×4’ and the spacious interior was just one of the many features beloved by owners. On a long journey, feeling like you’re not trapped in a sardine can really does make a huge difference to the quality of your ride!

It’s incredible how many of us consider every other aspect of car build and design, only to come home with a new motor and realise how uncomfortable it is! Awards and statistics mean nothing compared to comfort, after all if you can’t sit in your new car comfortably, what use is it? As comfort is so easy to overlook on the forecourt remember to check legroom, the quality and feel of the seat fabric and the adjustability of the seat and steering column.

Fuel economy
An economical car means fewer trips to the petrol station and lower fuel expenditure. The Honda CR-V comes with a nifty ‘Econ’ button that reduces C02 emissions and increases fuel economy. It’ll also tell you how fuel efficient your current driving style is by grading you on a scale of green to white, this helps to encourage fuel friendly driving habits.

Knowing your 4×4 is going to get you from A to B on a daily basis without any hiccups can help to put your mind at ease, especially if you need to catch a flight or make an important meeting. Choosing a reliable brand such as Honda will enable you to feel confident about your journey and give you one less thing to worry about.

When looking for a family car safety should always be a top priority. Ensure you test drive the car to check it handles well, breaks evenly and sufficient tread is on the tyres. The Honda CR-V includes an advanced driver assist system which scans the road ahead and makes any necessary adjustments to the breaking or steering. Thanks to the application of modern technology your family has never been in safer hands. To find out more about the Honda CR-V visit  http://www.honda.co.uk/cars/cr-v/.

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