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Honda CR-V 2.2 i-CTDi EX

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Review

I was hoping a stint on maternity leave would give my fuel spend some sort of reprieve.

My daily commute to work is a 25-mile round trip and while off I had great intentions of shifting a bit of weight with regular walks into my local town – a four-mile round trip, leaving the CR-V on my drive as much as possible.

However, being a fair-weather walker, the great British summer has marred my plans and I’ve been using the CR-V for regular short hops into town and back much more than I’d hoped.

As a result, my fuel economy has plummeted. My normal commute to work is a 20-minute straight drive down the A1 at 70mph, whereas my short hops to town involve constant gear changes and I rarely reach more than 40mph.

It’s not surprising, then, that a few months ago I was averaging 43.5mpg, and now I’m just about scraping 39mpg.

The soaring cost of fuel hasn’t helped either. Back in April it cost £53.56 to fill the CR-V up, but my last refill cost £60.37. 

That means on average it’s costing an extra £7 a week in fuel – that’s a whopping £364 a year. Imagine how this affects a large fleet with dozens of vehicles.

I’m always looking at ways to save money and this obviously includes fuel, so it got me thinking – how could I bring down the cost of motoring?

I’m now on a mission to improve my mpg and cut my fuel costs. I’m adopting a more conservative driving style and rather than braking each time I approach a junction, I’m letting the car slow down on its own where possible.

I’m also accelerating more slowly, keeping the revs down and using less power.

I religiously check my tyre pressure each week as lower pressures can increase the drag on a car which could use more fuel and I’m being sensible with the air-conditioning. Instead of having it on all the time, it’s just on when it’s really hot.

A major way to cut fuel costs would be by driving a lighter car.

I don’t have a roof rack, which would be the obvious item to remove, and I need the baby safety seat, the car seat ISOFIX base unit (which is really heavy) and a pushchair in the CR-V almost permanently, so I’ve had to leave them in.

Last week, the CR-V’s fuel consumption was 39.2mpg.
Give me a month on my cost-cutting regime and hopefully we’ll see an improvement in this figure.
 

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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