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XV press reviews

    Inside Lane

    "Turn-in is precise and overall it is more enjoyable to drive than many rivals. With all wheel drive there is a plenty of grip and a reassuring sense that the 2017 Subaru XV will cope with all weather conditions. This is very true, the XV will happily put up with the storms currently battering England, but it is for more capable than that."

    Auto Express

    Like the rest of Subaru model range, the symmetrical 4WD system means the XV has more grip and off-road ability than most competitors

    Inside Lane

    "The moment you lay eyes on the Subaru XV you know it means business, Its profile is muscular and bold design work conveys a sense of strength. Our test car, finished in a very distinctive Hyper Blue, sports the revisions of this models recent facelift. New raked headlights are more intricate and detailed, whilst reworked bodywork promotes athleticism. On the diesel model roof rails are included and all models get 17 inch alloy wheels. Good ground clearance and short overhangs hint that this car has been designed for more than just the School run."

    Auto Express

    When the going gets tough, the XV is still head and shoulders above its crossover rivals.

    The Independent

    The diesel has ample overtaking thrust and remarkable smoothness. Its suits the XV#s character well. My own verdict on the XV is that it's well worth a try.


    Over the past decade, the rugby scene in Japan has been gathering pace. And Subaru's first XV displays many of the characteristics of Japan's national team: tenacious, committed and nimble, thought not as physically intimidating as some of the monsters out there.

    Mail on Sunday

    With all that grip, it really sticks to the road. This is more than a me-too effort. If you test drove one, you'd like it; it looks good, it drives well, it's comfy and it would last you a lifetime.

    Coventry Telegraph

    The Subaru XV is a smart looking cross-over, that offers the best all wheel drive system in the class and charismatic engines.

    4x4 Magazine

    All in all, when we totted up the scores, the new Subaru XV took our top of the group position, which is a major achievement for a manufacturer new to this particular class.


    Subaru's back to basics four wheel drive authenticity gives the XV lots of appeal. It's far more the proper, old fashioned go anywhere 4x4 shrunken down, than the overgrown family five-door that the crossover class is used to.