Honda adds 1.6 diesel to CR-V line-up
What's the news?
Honda Ireland has officially launched the CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC. That's diesel to you and I. It's a front-wheel drive variant of the company's accomplished SUV powered by the new engine first seen in Honda's Civic earlier this year. Prices start from €31,995 and it's one of the most efficient cars in the segment.
Nothing changes on the outside of the CR-V to denote the new engine - there isn't even a badge. As before, SE and ES versions feature 17-inch alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights, while the top-spec CR-V ES Sport rides on 18-inch wheels and comes with roof rails and privacy glass as standard. Its front lights are also upgraded to Bi-HID units with Active Cornering Lights and HSS High Beam Support.
Same story inside in terms of obvious changes. Dual-zone climate control, electric windows all round, cruise control, remote central locking and one-motion folding rear seats are standard. Buyers will need the ES grade for Bluetooth , auto lights and wipers, electrically folding door mirrors and a leather steering wheel. The ES Sport model additionally features Alcantara and leather upholstery, heated front seats and an upgraded stereo system.
The whole reason for this launch is the arrival of Honda's new 1.6-litre diesel engine to the CR-V range, and it's perfectly suited to the Irish car buying mentality and tax system. Emissions for the SE and ES models are 119g/km, putting the CR-V into Band A4 for road tax, costing €200 per annum. The ES Sport model emits 124g/km, pushing it into Band B1.
Along with low road tax, the CR-V 1.6 returns decent fuel consumption figures. Honda quotes 4.5 litres/100km (62.8mpg) on the combined cycle. Maximum power of 120hp is produced at 4,000rpm, while peak torque of 300Nm is available at 2,000rpm. Honda claims a 0-100km/h time of 11.2 seconds.
For reference, compared to the CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC, the 1.6-litre engine is 46kg lighter (while the car is 116kg lighter); the emissions figure is 30g/km lower; and fuel consumption is 1.1 litres/km better.
Tweaks have been made to the suspension and steering system too.
Coinciding with the CR-V launch into the Irish market is the introduction of 'Honda Now' PCP (Personal Contract Plan) finance, in conjunction with Bank of Ireland. The new CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC will be available from €369 on PCP, with other models starting at €199 per month - with the usual terms and conditions.
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