Honda billed the launch of its 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine as an exciting new chapter in its history and now, having found it a home in the CR-V, the manufacturer is able to offer an SUV with fleet appeal.
The CR-V boasts some of the lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the sector, at 62.8mpg and 119g/km respectively, equating to 18% benefit in kind for a 20% taxpayer.
Having achieved a test mpg of 51.3, it will not only rival D-segment models, but could sway C-segment drivers wanting something with a bit more space.
Honda used the lightweight 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine from the Civic and rather than develop a specific, eco-focused derivative, it has simply extended the model's existing line-up.
The downsized engine comprises an aluminium cylinder head joined to an open deck aluminium block, weighing 47kg less than Honda’s 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine.
All the individual components have been redesigned to minimise weight and size and advanced production techniques have helped reduce weight even further.
Meanwhile, the CR-V's exterior styling maintains the same confident stance adopted at the introduction of the fourth generation and retains impressive practicality with up to 1,669 litres of luggage capacity. It also features Honda's easy-fold 60/40 split rear seats that can be stowed flat in one movement.
Behind the wheel, the engine provides enough torque to make you forget it's a 1.6 diesel engine.
Gear changes are smooth and the ride is comfortable.
It all adds up to a very impressive SUV, which with sub-120g/km emissions is bound to appeal to fleets looking for a substantial car that is frugal and fun.