We’ve always liked the Honda CR-V. It offers a thoroughly practical take on the family SUV but with an added dose of refinement and low running costs, and we’ve previously reviewed both the 2.2-litre and 1.6-litre diesels.
However, Honda clearly feel the CR-V has reached a time in its life where a gentle nip and tuck are required, and to address that, the company has created a pair of special editions – the Black Edition and this, the White Edition.
Based on the current SE-T grade, both models feature extra standard kit as well as a few tweaks to their styling.
The most obvious changes come at the front, where there’s a large colour-matched grille with honeycomb pattern inserts, plus a body-colour skid plate on the front bumper.
From the side, there’s a very appealing set of 19-inch Orion alloy wheels, as well as a rather neat set of running boards.
The rear, meanwhile, matches the front with a body-colour skid-plate on the bumper, while a roof spoiler and chunky exhaust trim finish off the sporty look.
In terms of extra kit, both Black and White Editions benefit from dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, power folding door mirrors and satellite navigation, and that’s in addition to an already healthy standard spec that includes cruise control, reversing camera, and automatic lights and wipers.
The rest of the interior is largely business as usual, and that’s a good thing because that means you get some of the most comfortable seats in the business plus a fine selection of quality materials.
It’s just as practical as before, and our favourite touches are still very much in evidence, such as the large storage compartments and the sunglasses holder that doubles as a mirror so you can keep an eye on back-seat passengers.
Rear-seat accommodation continues to be excellent, with an almost completely flat floor that creates plenty of space for passenger’s feet, while the seats benefit from Honda’s One Motion system that folds the seats forward in one, swift movement just by pulling a lever in the boot.
Cargo capacity is a very healthy 589 litres, growing to 1,648 litres with the seats folded, and – as we’d expect – there are plenty of practical touches back here, such as the space to store the cargo cover when it’s not in use, and the seemingly endless number of hooks and tie-down points.
Two engines are available, starting with a 2.0-litre petrol unit with 153hp and 192Nm of torque. More enticing, though, is the 2.2-litre diesel, with a similar amount of power – 148hp – but significantly more torque at 350Nm. Both are equipped with 4WD as standard, and both are available with the choice of automatic transmission. The more economy-minded 1.6-litre diesel isn’t offered in the Black or White editions, however.
On the road, the diesel is perhaps the easiest to live with. Squirting your way through traffic is easy, thanks to its huge torque reserves, and it’s no surprise that it’s also the quicker of the two, requiring 9.7 seconds to sprint from 0-62mph versus the petrol’s 10.2.
It’s also the more economical, with an official government economy figure of 50.4mpg, compared to the 38.2mpg of the petrol unit, and we had little trouble achieving a 45mpg average on our test route.
It’s cheaper to tax, too, with CO2 emissions of 149 g/km placing it in Band F while the petrol’s 173 g/km means it has to make do with Band H.
Whichever engine you choose, the CR-V special editions perform much as we’ve come to expect, so that means a comfortable ride, willing if not exactly exciting handling, and a healthy dose of refinement.
The larger 19-inch wheels do effect the CR-V’s road manners, though, most noticeably through the steering where there’s an increased tendency to tramline over camber changes, as well as a little less overall compliance in terms of bump absorption due mainly to the tyres’ lower profile. That said, however, since the new wheels look so good this, quite frankly, is a price we’d be more than willing to pay.
Those prices start £28,405 for the petrol model, with the 2.2-litre diesel starting at £30,510. Automatic transmission can be added at a cost of £1,500 and £1,645 respectively.
Now all that’s left to do is to decide which colour you prefer – black or white.
Personally, I prefer the Star Wars Stormtrooper look, so I’ll take mine in white.
|Entry-level Price||£28,405||Price as tested||£30,510|
|Engine||4-cyl turbodiesel, 2199cc||Transmission||Six-speed manual|
|Power||148hp @ 4,000rpm||Torque||350Nm @ 2,000rpm|
|0-62||9.7 secs||Top speed||118 mph|
|Economy||50.4 mpg||CO2||149 g/km|
|Dimensions||4570 x 1820 x 1685 (LWH)||Kerb Weight||1753 kg|