It might be time for Santa to exchange his sleigh and reindeer for the latest “4x4 of the year”. The Honda CR-V was awarded this honour by Total 4x4 magazine.The competition was fierce and the magazine’s test team pitted the Honda against several key rivals in the “medium SUV” segment. Sweeping them aside, it took class honours, making it a contender and overall winner for the “best of the best” title.'HIT THE JACKPOT'Total 4x4 magazine’s testing process claims to be comprehensive, ranging from interior quality, comfort and practicality to repeated drives of a set road route by various judges.Image galleryThe publication’s editor, Alan Kidd, said: “Never before have there been so many likely candidates for the overall title. However, from the moment we started crawling around inside the CR-V, it was clear Honda had hit the jackpot."The quality of its interior is on par with the best and its flexibility is exceptional – and that was before we actually drove it. Seldom has a new 4x4 put such a big tick in so many boxes. It takes an awful lot to impress us these days. The new CR-V didn’t just impress us – it made our jaws drop.”Dave Hodgetts, managing director of Honda UK, was thrilled with the honour. “For the new CR-V to take its first award so soon after launch is a real festive treat for everyone and a fantastic way to end the year. We hope it will be the first of many.”The CR-V is available in South Africa, see specs and prices here.