Honda CR-V Gains Frugal Earth Dreams Engine

When Honda's new CR-V crossover was launched back in late 2012 it was a well received model in all aspects but one - value.

While competitor vehicles from other manufacturers all offered fuel-sipping diesels capable of high 50 and low 60 mpg figures, the CR-V's best was the 2.2-litre i-DTEC which barely cracked 50mpg and only just over 40mpg for the automatic - putting it into VED Band I at 220 per year.

Following hot on the trail of success in the Civic earlier this year, the CR-V now benefits from a much less dipsomaniacal 1.6 litre i-DTEC sporting Honda's Earth Dreams technology.

The new engine slots into the line-up right alongside the 2.0 petrol, starting at 22,800 - about a thousand pounds more than the petrol - but offers nearly a 20% improvement in fuel economy over the best previously available in the range.

With 62.8 mpg available from the manual 1.6 i-DTEC, buyers will only be laying out 30 a year in VED for band C vehicles and save around 300 a year at the pumps with average use over the 2,100 more expensive 2.2 DTEC.

Performance is a little dented, however. Down 30 horses on both engines and 30 pounds-feeton the diesel, the 1.6 is around a second slower to 60mph. Mid-range acceleration shouldn't be significantly impacted however, and buyers looking to tow will find it's still capable of pulling the same 1.5 tonnes that the petrol car can manage.

Conclusion

The CR-V is already amongst the better rated cars in this bracket, with a carwow aggregate score of 7.7 putting it firmly amongst the frontrunners. With the new diesel giving it that edge on economy that it lacked previously you can only expect the ratings to improve.

With the purchase price and fuel savings on offer, the 1.6 i-DTEC stands to be the best-selling engine in the line-up of a model that should already be in your crosshairs if you're in the market for a crossover.

Why not check out our full summary review for the Honda CR-V, with expert reviews, user reviews, photos, videos and stats?

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