Road Test – Honda CR-V Diesel – Great engine

Honda has produced some really good petrol engines.

But they are not renowned for their diesels.  Up till now only one model in Australia has had a diesel engine.  It’s not that the diesels are bad, it’s just that they are rare.

Now their medium size SUV, the CR-V has a diesel option.  And the engine is a good one.

It’s built in England and now sold here at a price

To discuss the car, let’s talk to Brent Davison from the Newcastle Herald and the Illawarra Mercury


  • It is a good engine.  The 2.2-litre turbo delivers its 110kW/350Nm smoothly and with little hesitation
  • Manual – 6 speed – auto – 5 speed
  • Quiet – no diesel rattles
  • The Honda CR-V continues a major trend is car manufacturing of cars that started out cute but are now grown in size and taken on a more distinctive style
  • At the front, the diesel variant receives a unique headlight assembly including LED daytime running lights.
  • Tough competition – some names (RAV4, Suzuki Vitara) that have been around for a long time
  • Four wheel drive is only when you need it – CRV was the first with this – those systems have come a long way
  • Good Boot space
  • Diesel is an up market model
  • Price – DTi-S $38,290; DTi-L $45,340 (Plus on-roads)

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