Honda CR-V review (2012 - 2018) - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Diesel CR-V models offer excellent economy and emissions figures, and are not expensive to insure. Residuals are also very healthy
What the CR-V lacks in driver involvement and excitement, the 1.6 i-DTEC engine more than makes up for with impressive fuel economy and CO2 figures. The lower-powered 118bhp CR-V claims 64.2mpg, as well as 115g/km emissions.
The more powerful 158bhp i-DTEC diesel is still impressive, with a claimed 57.7mpg and 125g/km in SE manual guise. Fit the automatic gearbox, and the official economy figures will plummet by around 2mpg, while emissions will rise by 5-6g/km. Plus, higher trim levels with bigger alloy wheels mildly affect efficiency, too.
Not surprisingly, the 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol CR-V is less frugal. Manual front-wheel-drive versions claim 39.2mpg economy and 168g/km emissions, while cars specified with an automatic gearbox and 4x4 transmission have official figures as low as 36.7mpg and as high as 179g/km. So while the diesels sit in road tax bands C to E, the petrol CR-Vs fall into band H or I, and will cost you more in road tax.
Lower Benefit in Kind ratings will make the diesels more tempting as company cars; they range from 21 to 25 per cent, whereas the petrol models range from 28 to 30 per cent. That means the cheapest diesel will have an annual tax liability of £82 for 20 per cent rate taxpayers and £164 for those earning at the 40 per cent rate; the most expensive diesel has comparable Benefit in Kind bills of £148 and £296. For the petrol versions, the respective figures are £103 and £206, or £166 and £331.
The petrol models are cheaper to insure than the diesels, with the S and SE-spec CR-Vs sitting in group 22, and the SR and EX range-toppers in group 23. For the diesels, opting for four-wheel drive has a negative impact on the cost of insurance. All the two-wheel-drive variants are in groups 22 and 23, like the petrols, but specifying 4WD sees the CR-V placed in groups 26 and 27.
Strong residual values should help to offset the Honda’s high purchase price. Diesel CR-Vs are predicted to hold on to as much as 40 per cent of their original purchase price over three years and 60,000 miles, which is an impressive second-hand performance.
In this review
- 1Honda CR-V review (2012 - 2018)The Honda CR-V is less engaging to drive than the class leaders, but it’s practical, comfortable and reliable
- 2Engines, performance and driveStrong diesels and good refinement mark CR-V out, although nine-speed auto isn't so impressive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingDiesel CR-V models offer excellent economy and emissions figures, and are not expensive to insure. Residuals are also very healthy
- 4Interior, design and technologyRecent facelift has improved the CR-V's looks, but design inside and out is still safe rather than exciting
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceMassive boot and intelligently designed interior are the CR-V's strongest suits: if only Honda offered a seven-seat option
- 6Reliability and SafetyHonda's long-standing reputation for reliability filters into the CR-V range, while fixed-price servicing keeps maintenance costs down