Adownward trend in CO2 emissions has put the growing SUV segment on the radar of company car drivers and the CR-V appears perfectly placed to cash-in.
Emissions of 119g/km mean the 1.6-litre i-DTEC SE-T is in the 18% benefit-in-kind tax bracket, with a 20% taxpayer paying less than £1,000 per year.
An official fuel economy figure of 62.8mpg is also impressive, as is a 0-62mph time of 11.2 seconds.
During its time on our fleet, the CR-V has struggled to get above 50mpg, partially due to the high level of urban motoring it does.
However, this return is acceptable when you remember you’re behind the wheel of a big car.
It not only rivals other D-segment models for space, but could sway C-segment car drivers wanting something with a bit more room.
The CR-V features the same lightweight 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine as the Civic.
This sees an aluminium cylinder head joined to an open deck aluminium block.
It weighs 47kg less than Honda's 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine – the unit it replaces.
All the individual components have been redesigned to minimise their weight and size, and advanced production techniques have reduced weight even further.
Weight reduction is a strategy many car manufacturers have adopted, such as Mazda with its CX-5 SUV.
The CX-5 2.2d Skyactiv SE-L matches the CR-V's CO2 emissions of 119g/km, putting it in the same 18% BIK tax bracket.
The Mazda has an official fuel economy figure of 61.4mpg over the combined cycle – slightly lower than the Honda – and running costs of 35.41p per mile over four years/80,000 miles.
That’s marginally better the CR-V’s 36.56ppm, with the CX-5 having better SMR and depreciation costs.
However, the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine in the CR-V continues to impress and as a package will have definite fleet appeal.