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Our fleet: Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SR 2WD Manual car review - February 2016

Honda CR-V
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Review

Three months after the Honda CR-V joined our fleet, fuel economy figures suggest a 29% shortfall against the official claimed combined of 62.8mpg, equating to around 44.6mpg for our Honda CR-V.

However, such a disparity cannot be completely attributed to the manufacturer. The problem  is our version has a power output of 120hp which, while adequate, does encourage  higher revs in an effort to make the most of  the torque available.

Those higher revs have put paid to a more respectable mpg return and suggest that more horsepower could be the solution.

The higher-powered 160hp 1.6-litre diesel SR, however, increases emissions from 119g/km to 133g/km, equating to 24% BIK compared to 21%. The P11D price is around £2,000 higher and on  a four-year/80,000 mile contract it will see a  20% taxpayer contributing an additional £270 per year, with £200 in additional national insurance contributions. Running costs also increase by almost £2,400. An expensive dilemma but, considering emissions are above 130g/km for the 160hp version it’s a choice which will be taken out of the hands of most fleet drivers.

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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