Monday, 19 November 2018

Time to go back to black

THIS week’s test car eschews that buzz phrase that filtered out of the Geneva Motor Show a few years back that, with regard to the latest car colours, “white was the new black”.

There followed - as I am sure you are aware if you take note of such things - a rush to produce lots of white cars. Suddenly, over the next few years, the roads were littered, it seemed, with white cars. Black cars were regarded as, shall we say, a little retro or, to use another popular word, bordering on “vintage”.

However, Subaru has always gone its own way. It shows scant regard for trends, as anyone who has owned or even driven a Subaru will testify.

There is something unique about this brand and it is a quality I like. Any car-maker that bucks trends and yet still produces fine, user-friendly and good-to-drive cars deserves our praise.

The Subaru XV 2.0 SE, this week’s test drive, was black for a purpose: it is a Special Edition Black version. At the end of last year, Subaru decided to paint it black with a vengeance.

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