The Honda CR-V is a very good SUV because its comfy, refined and drives very well. Its appeal in India has been shortened because of the fact that it does not have a diesel engine. While the current petrol engines powering the CR-V are good we can't help but wonder how much appealing will the CR-V get if Honda brings in the 1.6 diesel model.
Need convincing? Chew on this. In a rigorous independent test on UK roads over more than 500 miles, the CR-V has achieved an incredible 77.86mpg, almost a quarter more than its official quoted figure of 62.8mpg, sipping just 29.75 litres (6.544 gallons) of fuel. Converting it into kmpl stands at 27.77 kmpl (around 3.6 litres per 100 km).
The CR-V was tested by the team behind the recent ‘MPG Marathon’ under the same rules and conditions as that event.
As in the MPG Marathon the car was driven by two independent drivers, John Kerswill and Ian McKean. Carried out over two days, the test covered 509.5 miles on a variety of roads and conditions and at speeds which represent real-world driving.
The star in question is of course the 1.6 i-DTEC engine having 118 bhp and and 300Nm of torque. The diesel quality is the issue for the introduction of this diesel engine in the Indian CR-V but really you have to say that the CR-V would greatly benefit from this engine in India.