THIS eye-catching special edition variant of Honda's popular CR-V has rugged good looks and provides a smooth drive.

The White Edition has even greater road presence thanks to a range of bold exterior enhancements, including 19-inch Orion alloy wheels, exhaust finisher and privacy glass.

The stylish machine also boasts a new patterned front grille, making the front end look more impressive, and a tailgate spoiler, which extends the flowing lines of the roof over the rear window to give a sleek appearance.

The special edition is also available in black.

The practicality of the vehicle is further boosted by the smoothly integrated running boards, which make it easier to step in and out of the vehicle.

Meanwhile, front and rear skid plates top the styling upgrades while protecting the underside of the car.

It's easy to see why the Japanese firm’s ‘soft-roader’ is a popular choice among buyers, and it’s not surprising to see this steady evolution of the SUV’s familiar looks.

Latest versions of the CR-V are a little lower and wider than before, helping to promote a more car-like driving experience.

It’s also more streamlined-looking in profile and an altogether more visually polished product.

The 2.2 i-DTEC, tested here, has 150bhp and, with 350nm of torque, does a fantastic job of getting that power down on the road.

Even during a potentially-treacherous drive over a Pennine road in extremely wet conditions, the vehicle hugged and gripped the corners in a reassuring manner.

On the road, the CR-V is a smooth operator, delivering a quiet and refined driving experience. The car’s diesel engine is only truly vocal when pushed hard, and the distinctly car-like behaviour results in minimal pitch and roll, providing a ride capable of easily absorbing all but the worst surface imperfections.

In terms of reliability, it's worth noting that the Which? Car Survey, the UK's largest study of its type, rewarded the CR-V with ‘Most Reliable SUV’ award.

Inside, there's a pleasant ambience in the cabin and a practical interior.

Clever folding rear seats help boost the CR-V’s versatility, as does the car’s flat boot floor and spacious load area, while generous equipment levels across the board ensure that it maintains its affordable premium market position.

As before, Honda offers the CR-V with both petrol and diesel engines – now with stop-start technology.

You’ve got all the mod cons of a family hatch, be they creature comforts or safety kit, plus the security of all-wheel drive if you opt for the appropriate variant.

This CR-V is a polished and practical choice in an increasing crowded marketplace.


Model: CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC White Edition manual

Price: £30,510 on the road

Performance: Top speed 118mph, 0-62mph in 9.7seconds

Engine: 2.2-litre diesel unit producing 150bhp and 350nm of torque

Economy: 50.4mpg combined

CO2 Rating: 149g/km of CO2

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