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Depends what you want it for. As you're up North, albeit in a flat part of the country, I'm guessing maybe for winter?
Personally out of the two, I'd buy the Vitara 1.5 Boosterjet (which you could get for less at discount) every time. I reckon I could get one brand new for around £18.5K at discount.
The Honda has a higher quality interior with soft plastics. The Vitara ones are hard and scratchy although it's still a nice interior to be in - I actually prefer the Vitara when sat inside although I admit the plastics are far nicer in the Honda. (I've both sat in and test driven the boosterjet and was impressed with the way it drove). The Vitara is roomy with a big boot, and with 4WD and 140bhp, it's both lively and a good bet for winter (it has multi-mode 4WD, a diff lock and even a hill descent mode). By contrast the HRV has a 1.6 turbo diesel with 2WD and inferior performance. A friend of mine has a 1.5 boosterjet and reports she gets around 42mpg around town - quite close to the 45mpg claimed. Don't even consider the 1,6 petrol or diesel btw. The Boosterjet is considered the best model.
Another car to consider is the Mazda CX3 4WD version (might push your budget unless you get a good deal or nearly new).
Other options that spring to mind:
- Jeep Renegade - all but unstoppable off road - reportedly on a par with a Discovery alebit it allegedly doesn't drive as well on road as a less competent off roader - you'd probably be looking at a nearly new Jeep as the high spec 4WD models (the Trailhawk is surprisingly reported by many to be the best of the on road 4WD versions) are expensive new
- Seat Ateca - again probably looking 2nd hand unless you get a very good deal- personally not a fan of the looks
- VW Tiguan - again 2nd hand for a 4 motion, very good 4WD and new model is very nice albeit large and expensive now
- the New 2018 Hyundai Kona (turning a few heads apparently not least because its 175bhp) and very nicely styled.
- Toyota CXR - Again would need to be 2nd hand. I've driven the non hybrid 2WD, and personally I found it gutless and compromised in so many areas (boot is tiny, cabin is dark etc etc) so I wouldn't recommend one.
- Skoda Yeti - Square grand dad's box on wheels, nothing more to say really. If you're 80 you'll probably love it.
It's worth remembering Car Wow and other similar websites can often get £thousands off list and I know for a fact there's an updated CX3on the way meaning that even dealers will be discounting the 2017 CX3 model. Car Wow also have lots of review videos online which personally I've found to be quite honest. That said, I've never used Car Wow.
Last edited by RA108; 8th October 2017 at 18:29.