The Honda CR-V with the company’s new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine will be priced from £22,800 when it arrives in UK showrooms this October.

Three trim levels will be available – S, SE, and SR – however, all three models will be two wheel-drive only.

The flip-side to this decision is an impressive improvement in fuel economy and emissions, with the S and SE models emitting just 119 g/km, placing them in VED Band C with no road tax bill for the first year, and only £30 a year thereafter.

The new 1.6-litre diesel engine weighs 116kg less than the larger 2.2-litre unit, and produces 120PS at 4,000rpm with maximum torque of 300NM at 2,000rpm.  It drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.

Fuel economy on the combined cycle increases to 62.8 mpg, giving the new CR-V an 800 mile range on one tank of diesel.

The £22,800 entry-level S model features DAB digital radio, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, USB connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The £24,660 SE model adds front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, Bluetooth, ultrasonic alarm, leather steering wheel and gear knob, automatic wipers, headlights and rear view mirror.

An optional T grade adds satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity (if not already fitted) to S and SE models for an extra £765.

The range-topping SR model costs £26,880 and includes leather/Alcantara upholstery, heated front seats, premium audio system, painted roof rails, privacy glass, bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, High-beam Support System, front fog lights, front seat lumbar adjustment and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Both the new engine and the CR-V itself are built in Britain, at the company’s Swindon factory.

Honda CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC prices

Petrol Models CO2 (g/km) Combined MPG OTR VED Tax Band
CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC S 119 62.8 £22,800 C
CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC S-T 119 62.8 £23,565 C
CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE 119 62.8 £24,660 C
CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE-T 119 62.8 £25,425 C
CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SR 124 60.1 £26,880 D