Honda CR V 1800
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Honda CR-V 1800
A brilliant business car, the CR-V is comfortable, refined and achieves 60mpg without trying.

HARD to believe I’ve had the Honda CR-V 1.6 I-DTEC SE for three months already!

The time has passed quickly and it has been such a cheap, trouble free 4,500 miles. In fact, it has almost become part of the Ratcliffe family -I really don’t know what I would do without it.

Regularly used for meetings all over the country, I really appreciate the CR-V’s easy-going character. No matter whether I’ve got to get to appointments in Bedford or Birmingham, this Honda seems to relish motorway work and is both comfortable, refined, plus it is impressively light on diesel – achieving 60mpg without trying.

Honda CR-V 800
This is the sort of economy we’re seeing.

The impressive Bluetooth connectivity means I can keep up with what’s happening in the office and should the motorway get too monotonous, the excellent standard sat-nav means I won’t get lost.

I like the CR-V’s sleek SUV styling too and have been impressed how the quality of the exterior trim and alloys have so far shrugged off the usual scuffs and scrapes expected of London living.

Run it as a company car and the light 19% band should equal more cash in the kitty?

This is similar to a Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi and business car managers will also be happy, because of the 119g/km Co2 figure.

Honda CR-V 1.6 D: Fact, Figures, likes and dislikes

>P11D – £25,060

>Company car tax – £80 per month for a basic taxpayer

>Official mpg -62.8mpg

>Our average mpg -60mpg at 4,500 miles

>Our best mpg – 60mpg on a 120 mile trip

>We like – SUV styling, build quality, excellent economy

>We don’t like  – Noisy diesel engine on start up and acceleration, cluttered interior switchgear


The CR-V isn’t just excellent at work, it’s in its element at weekends too. Mrs R and the kids love it.

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Like the exterior, the interior feels robust, with an impressive amount of rear legroom that is pleasingly free of a transmission tunnel.

There really is plenty of space for the whole family. The 589 litres of loadspace has come in particularly useful as it is practically-shaped and the seats fold easily increasing space to 1146 litres – swallowing my golf clubs easily, various DIY projects, or just the weekly shop.

Okay, it’s no class-leader, the confuCsing dashboard layout needs work and the Diesel engine is noisy when cold.

However, I’m still fan of the CR-V and it should be given serious consideration on any SME small fleet.

Click here to read our review of the Honda CR-V


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