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Honda CR-V
With the new 1.6 diesel, the CR-V retains the practicality of the earlier car but with an altogether lower cost base

Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE

What is it?

Honda’s fourth-generation five-door CR-V SUV now with a tax-efficient 1.6-litre diesel and front-wheel drive.

on our test we saw 60mpg and 42mpg around town

Adapting the 1.6 diesel engine from the small Civic, Honda’s engineers have concentrated on light-weighting the whole car by jettisoning the four-wheel drive system, changing the springs, dampers and brakes to provide all the benefits of an SUV – the rugged practicality and high up driving position – with the driving dynamics of a smaller hatchback.

The result is a car that is substantially lighter – by 127kg – than the CR-V 2.2 diesel. 

Although the engine is smaller that the 2.2 diesel – power drops from 150PS to 120PS, while torque drops from 350Nm to 300Nm – it gives little away in real on-the-road performance.

The critical difference, though, is in the CO2 emissions, where the gap turns into a chasm.

Whereas the 2.2 4WD CR-V has CO2 emissions of 149g/km and a company car tax band of 24%, the 1.6 i-DTEC has CO2 emissions of 119g/km and a company car tax band of 18%.

A big difference – the sort of difference that makes this new1.6 diesel CR-V a very appealing company car proposition.

So is it?

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I have been driving this demo for the last 3 weeks and have found the fuel consumption vey impressive with in excess of 65mpg.

    The performance of the 1.6 diesel is very good.

    Only negative comment is that the engine is very noisy inside the vehicle

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