Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Honda CR-V I-DTEC Black Edition

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Honda CR-V I-DTEC Black Edition

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Byline: Edward Stephens

IN a world of look-alike cars it's nice to drive something that stands out from the pack. Something out of the ordinary.

So in a bid to satisfy CR-V customers looking for an eye-catching version of the car Honda has produced its "Knight Rider" style Black Edition.

Unlike the car in the television series it doesn't talk to you but it will certainly get you noticed. As the name suggests the car is all black, Crystal Black in fact, but stylish body kit means there is far more to it than that.

The most obvious is the running boards - which are smoothly integrated into the bodywork to make it easier to step in and out of the CR-V - and the dramatic 19-inch Orion alloy wheels in Gunpowder Black.

In addition the front grille has a honeycombed pattern with piano black surround, while front and rear skid plates in shiny black give protection while adding to the overall theme of the car. Completing the picture is a tailgate spoiler which makes the car look both larger and more sleek.

The makeover has made this CR-V look far more muscular, far more aggressive. It may be an ordinary CR-V under the skin but externally the Black Edition is more reminiscent of a BMW X5 or Mercedes M-Class.

But whether you opt for a special or standard edition what you do get is comfort, space, a quality ride and good performance in what is the fourth generation of the Swindow-built CR-V. It's an SUV which is particularly car-like to drive but gives you the added bonus of four-wheeldrive on demand.

you need a little bit of mid-range urgency on the road.

The gearbox is seamless in operation and while the automatic is not the fastest off the blocks this 2.2-litre diesel responds well when you need a little bit of mid-range urgency on the road. And that power is delivered in a particularly refined manner thanks to a carefully engineered reduction in interior noise levels of three decibels - mak-mak ing it a remarkable 50%quieter than the model it replaces. …

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