What’s XV really like? How does it drive? Get the inside story from owners and motoring press experts
I am really pleased with my XV, it does everything I want it to, it's good looking in a sporty way, while being comfortable and spacious. I like the way it feels safe cornering on country roads. I live 14 miles from the nearest town of any size, so all wheel drive will be very useful in winter. I just have one problem, 1st gear keeps jumping into neutral when the engine is holding back, so I am going to report this to Mangoletsi and see what they do about it.
I have not had the car for long but so far I am very pleased with all aspects. It is clearly has a much better 4WD system compared to my previous vehicle.
I've had my new XV for six months now. This is my third Subaru and the best yet. It handles really well and the ride is firm but comfortable. I haven't yet had the opportunity to test it in bad weather but it feels as though it would cope with anything, so good is its roadholding and ground clearance. Now that the engine and gearbox have loosened up the performance and even fuel economy of the petrol engine are both impressive. The entertainment system is first class. Was a bit worried about downsizing from an Outback but the rear cabin is surprisingly spacious and can comfortably accommodate my son's rugby playing friends. Even the boot is capacious for the size of the car. Excellent service from my local Subaru dealership. Overall this is a brilliant car. I don't understand why the motoring press don't rate it more highly; I can't imagine choosing another brand.
This is our second Petrol XV - we were very satisfied with our first one which prompted us to buy another new one. The new one is even better, the automatic transmission coupled to the 2 litre petrol engine is superb - the only downside is initial acceleration from a standstill is not all that good, however, it picks up very quickly thereafter. It is quiet with road holding that matches the saloon. Average mph is 37 which I consider acceptable for a petrol 2 litre SUV. Reliability on both our first XV and our second, is exemplary. Overall, I would award it 8 out of 10
Overall a good car in all conditions and came into its own on snow and ice.
We came to the XV from a 2L Mercedes B class diesel. It feels a much lighter car but with much worse fuel consumption. The DAB radio is very clear but the controls for it have intermittent slippage. The seats are comfortable but leather should come in more colours, black is too heavy and dark for the cabin. The driving experience is fine but some controls such as cruise control are a bit fiddly. I think the next revisions will cure these teething problems and changing the date and time will be made easier
“There’s a school of thought that says that crossovers are all about style over substance. The Subaru XV, with its rugged construction and genuine off-road ability, proves that’s not always the case.”
"The All-New Subaru XV has won the Grand Prix Award for achieving the highest score on record in Japan’s New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) crash safety evaluation tests."
"Drivers may appreciate being behind the wheel of something a little different and quirky, and the comfort of knowing they will get home at the end of the day."
"At this price point, it gives you brilliant off-roading ability, that is unmatched by many others!"
"It has symmetrical all wheel drive, 200mm of ground clearance, tons of traction and will get you pretty much anywhere, as you can see by the footage here when I was climbing out of the river"
"Subarus 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."
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