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Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE 160 ps 4WD review: new low-tax engine with 4WD

Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE 160 ps 4WD


10 March 2015


Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE 160 ps 4WD
Honda has improved the steering response by nearly 10%


What’s hot?

  • Honda’s new 1.6 i-DTEC diesel, with 160 ps, is lighter, cleaner and more frugal than the outgoing 2.2 i-DTEC. Plus power’s up 10 ps.
  • Big drop in C02 emissions (to 129 g/km) versus the 144 g/km of the outgoing 2.2. Economy also improves: 57.7 mpg vs 50.4 mpg.
  • Lower C02 means cheaper company car taxes. BIK at 21% (£5778) for this 6-speed manual CR-V compared to 24% (£7274) for previous 2.2.
  • New two-stage turbo instrumental in boosting engine output and delivery. New engine/transmission also weighs 65 kgs less than previous powertrain.
  • New 9-speed automatic now on offer across the revised CR-V diesel range, versus the 5-speed auto of the old 2.2.
  • On the road, keen response, good torque and smooth delivery from Honda’s new 1.6 diesel. No drop off in performance compared to 2.2.
  • Solid, stable handling. Reassurance of standard 4WD
  • Update brings revised suspension geometry, new dampers and wider tracks to improve stability and ride. Steering response 8% improved.
  • Standard City-Brake Active system lowers insurance grouping four levels, from 28 to 24.
  • New CR-V premieres Honda’s new Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC). This ‘Active Safety feature’ senses other vehicles’ position on the road and is capable of predicting, and automatically reacting to, other vehicles “cutting in” to your lane, Honda says.
  • All-new Honda Connect app-driven audio and information system includes DAB and internet radio, Bluetooth, sat nav and rear-view parking camera.

What’s not?

  • While the new CR-V cruises well, is quiet, comfortable and refined, it is not high on pure driver appeal. Put another way, even with the efficient new 1.6 diesel on board, it’s a slightly dull drive
  • Slight deterioration in CO2 emissions and economy with the new 9AT box, ie 134 g/km and 55.4 mpg. Price inevitably creeps higher, too.
  • Some cheap looking hard plastics still evident in the cabin, despite facelift.
  • Has the facelift (new lights, bumpers, wheels?) improved the CR-V’s looks? Differing opinions on that one.

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