This week we welcome a new long-termer to the wheels fleet, the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Now, if you’re old enough you’ll likely remember that the first generation SUV built between 1995-2001 was a bit of an oddball in terms of styling — but the Japanese giant has been rectifying the model with every generational change. Now, it’s one of the key players in the all-important segment and it’s easy to see why too.

This fifth gen model has been completely redesigned even though there didn’t seem to be a need to do so as the outgoing version was a firm favourite and selling very well indeed. It wasn’t broke but Honda decided to fix it anyway and what stands out the most on our AWD Touring tester finished in a Sandstorm metallic paint is the aggressive new front fascia. Packing Honda’s signature LED headlights (surrounded by wing shaped LED day time running lights) and a chromed grille, it’s bolder than ever while the sculpted haunches give the CR-V a more muscular appearance. The exterior — replete with LED tailights and 18in wheels — has plenty going for it and the cabin is just as attractive. It’s also been completely redesigned and has more room and some useful tech and kit. Under the bonnet resides a quiet 2.4-litre four-cylinder that makes 184 horsepower and 244Nm of torque and is mated to a smooth CVT.

So far so good.