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Honda CR-V: The Company Car Question

  • Does the Honda CR-V make a decent company car?
  • We discuss costs, comfort practicality and equipment
  • Fuel economy continues to impress as we near end of loan

Considering the sheer size of the CR-V, one of its most impressive traits is its low CO2 emissions. The reason for this is simple – the lower the emissions, the lower your tax bill. This is especially relevant for company car drivers, who pay lots more tax than your average driver.

With that in mind, I thought I’d explore what makes the Honda CR-V a good bet as a company car.

Thanks to CO2 emissions of 119g/km, you’ll find that for 2014/15 my 1.6 Honda diesel sits in BIK band of 19 percent after the three percent diesel surcharge has been applied.

Its P11D value is £25,370 as standard, but since our CR-V has metallic paint costing £500 that rises to £25,870.

To work out your monthly tax bill we’ve got all the numbers we need. After that you’re looking at multiplying the P11D value by the Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) liability of 19 percent – amounting to £4,915.30.

Next up we need to calculate exactly what you’ll pay per month. Since I’m a 20 percent tax payer due to my salary, we’ll use that as an example. So 20 percent of £4,915.30 works out at £983.03 per year in company car tax.

Divide by 12 and you get a monthly tax bill of £82, which doesn’t seem too outrageous at all to me considering the sheer amount of cleverly packaged metal you’re getting.

It’s good on fuel too. My extended test has revealed nearly 50mpg is possible in the real world, which again is excellent considering the CR-V’s size. It means a theoretical range of nearly 640 miles given the 58-litre fuel tank. That’s less than the 800+ miles Honda claims you can cover, but hey, we all know fuel economy in the real world bears little relation to the figures the manufacturers claim.

What other attributes will appeal to company car drivers? That boot has to be a talking point – it’s huge and expands far bigger still with the clever one-touch rear seat folding mechanism.

It’s very comfortable too, especially over longer distances. The seats, supple ride quality and ergonomically located driving controls all serve to help in this respect. We especially like the placement of the gear lever; its operation feels more natural than any other car of this type other than the Mazda CX-5, which has a gear shift derived from the brilliant MX-5 sports car.

The inclusion of a multimedia system in the SE-T spec our CR-V is in helps too. The sat-nav, touchscreen and steering wheel-mounted controls all make life easier for the fleet driver.  

Finally, being a Honda, you can expect it to be very reliable too. You aren’t going to have to spend a lot of time in the dealership and the interior fixtures and fittings will easily stand the test of time.

Mileage: 4,157

Fuel economy: 47.3mpg