Thirsty, oh yes, but dropping from 80 to 70 as you sweep past the A90 speed cameras will save a fair bit. they handle like tanks as well, or put another way, they handle sort of like they look. they are spacious and comfortable, there's a lot of room for back seat passengers which eats into boot space with the rear seats up but the who;e thing is still cavernous. reliability has been awesome, bought mine at 60k, serviced about 100k, needed nothing done to it. Underside still looks brand new according to the mechanic. Until recently OH lived in the country in Perthshire and winter before last (remember how bad it was?) the CRV showed itself to be surprisingly competent on the roads and track up to her house.
Overall, if you don't drive pedal to the metal everywhere, aren't too bothered about fuel economy and might like to stick a couple of bikes in the back, it's a fine motor.
EDIT - and £2k should get you a MkII which has the free picnic table