Last year we reviewed the Honda CR-V, it left us a little disappointed on the MPG front. From its 2.0 litre petrol lump and auto gearbox we only managed a meagre 31.3 MPG over nearly 300 motorway miles.
As soon as we heard the plucky little 1.6 litre i-DTEC from the Civic was being shoehorned in to the CR-V we had to have a go!
Our CR-V was in middle of the road SE trim with only the front wheels being driven. The 1.6 litre diesel engine provides 118 BHP and 300 Nm of torque. 0-60 is achieved in 11.2 seconds.
Coming in at £25,560 the only option on our CR-V was metallic paint at £500.
We have never really been a fan of the old CRV, it was too squared off at the front and too rounded at the back, it just didn’t look right. They have however completely redesigned the latest model, it has a newer, more masculine, rugged look about it.
Tinted rear glass helps make the big Honda look a little smarter, but all in all it’s very handsome, big, but tough looking car, and in the right colour rather purposeful.
So how well does that little 1.6 diesel engine cope lugging around such a big car?
Surprisingly well! Thanks to that 300 Nm of torque it never feels sluggish, even the 0-60 time doesn’t seem that slow once you are behind the wheel. The manual gearbox is far better than the auto we tried last year, being in control of your own gears is more to my liking!
At higher revs the engine noise does come into the cabin, you get that excitable thrummy noise we have come to love of the 1.6 i-DTEC.
Stop Start is fitted across the range, it kicks in eagerly and restarts perfectly when you want it too.
Over the whole 430 miles we left ECON mode on, this helps save fuel by limiting the power of the air con and restricts acceleration slightly, with this in mind we achieved 53 MPG, which isn’t bad at all considering what a big car the CR-V is. Honda claim Urban MPG as 58.9, we reckon with a lighter foot that’s doable.
Ride is once again great, you seemingly float over road imperfections with ease. The CR-V really is a big comfy cruiser!
Handling isn’t compromised by this seemingly soft setup, body roll is well controlled and the big Honda actually feels a lot smaller than it is.
Inside the CRV is very spacious. The rear seats split 60/40, and can easily accommodate a 6ft adult when the driver’s seat is fully back.
Rear load space is brilliant, a completely flat boot entrance makes it easy to get things in and out. A retractable parcel shelf is a great feature too, allowing it to be removed in seconds. Boot capacity is 589 litres, which can be increased to a whopping 1648 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Up front the dash plastics have a nice quality feel to them, everything’s solid and well put together.
There are two screens built into the dash, one is for the multimedia/sat nav, and the other shows you information like the time, MPG or currently playing track. It’s a nice setup but all of the menus, (even the sat nav maps) look a little dated compared to what other manufacturers are currently offering.
All of the controls are within easy reach, and rather minimal which is good. One thing we loved about the interior were the knee cushions on the sides of the centre console, it’s a small touch, but it’s so much nicer than resting your knee on hard plastic.
Well last time we said we couldn’t recommend the auto 2.0 litre petrol…we still cant. But, we can now fully recommend this 1.6 i-DTEC, you only get the choice of a manual gearbox with this engine but that suits us just fine!
You can pick up a 1.6 i-DTEC Honda CR-V for £23,060 in bottom of the range S spec, you still get a fair amount of kit but its worth spending the extra £2k to get the SE, it adds a few luxuries like parking sensors, Bluetooth handsfree, rear view camera and auto lights and wipers.
Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC – Great mile muncher, frugal engine, reasonably priced!