subaru-XVThe Car
The Subaru XV is a second-generation Impreza-based crossover and with a new CVT auto and manual transmissions, a new interior and strong equipment list, Subaru has had high hopes for good sales figures for the car Down Under.

The XV is pegged as a upper class compact SUV so you will get quite a fair bit of tech. You’ll have 3 trims to choose from – 2.0i, 2.0i-L, and 2.0i-S, all with Subaru’s all-wheel drive system The base 2.0i will already come with Bluetooth and USB and iPod connectivity, climate control, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking, cruise control, multi-function display, reversing camera, 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and spoiler with LED brake light.

7 airbag, a reversing camera, stability control, anti-lock brakes with discs all-round and Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist give the XV 5 stars on the ANCAP rating.

The Drive
The initial claims for the XV’s latest iteration were better fuel economy and reduced emissions and we found that the CVT’s wider, optimised gear ratios helps to lend some of that change. Coupled with the wheel paddle shifters, the CVT is definitely worth a bit of extra cash since it helps you get a much smoother transition when you’re changing gears while on the road.

The XV’s all-wheel drive is definitely something that helps with handling rough surfaces at the same time providing sharp handling too and but the suspension gave us a pretty bumpy ride when it came to the bigger potholes and bumps. You do get great grip over slippery surfaces though and that’s thanks to the overactive ESP as well. These will all come nicely into play along with the light steering and a tight turning circle when you’re in the car park trying to make for a parking lot.

The Interior
Inside the XV, the seats are comfortable and supportive enough and there are plenty of adjustment options to get comfortable in the driver’s seat and with the steering wheel. Vision is good all around too especially with the big door-mounted side mirrors and the reversing camera.

There is lots of head, knee and shoulder room for people at the back, enough for 3 adults to not complain. The seats at the back are contoured too which is a nice luxury since most manufacturers are more interested in the driver’s point of view rather than the passengers’ most of the time. There are lots of storage pockets too.
The boot is surprisingly small though at 310 litres. With the 60:40 split rear seatsthe space sounds like you do a little bit more with it at 1,200 litres.

The car is pretty value for money with a nice look to it and pretty comfortable seats both in the front and back. You’ll also get good traction when driving in it so if you’re looking for that all-wheel drive experience, there’s no place better to start than here. Give it a spin though as the engine can feel a bit sluggish to some and explore car financing deals while you’re at it too. It always pays to go out for a spin with a car that you’re keen to purchase for yourself!