Juliet Reviews…The Subaru XV

The Subaru XV is a car that might not be on the top of every one’s mind, in fact, many might not even know what it is, but if only they knew just how good it is. This is the second generation XV that has just received a minor update. This crossover, such as a Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, or Nissan Qashqai, offers more than most of its straight-laced competitors. It is rather capable off-road and really looks the part.

THE UPDATE

The changes have been rather minor. There are a few new colours (Sunshine Orange now makes way for a new Plasma Yellow Pearl and the old Quartz Blue Pearl is replaced by Horizon Blue Pearl) and the front end has seen a bit of a revision. There are also two new driving modes and the front facing camera has been upgraded – this forms part of Subaru’s Vision Assist suite of technologies which also include Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB), Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

It also now boasts revised suspension and sprint rates so it means the ride is even more comfortable as well as improved steering. The new models now also feature a memory seat function for the driver.

THE USUAL

The XV has always been known for its extensive list of standard features. This upgraded version is no different. It sports a sunroof, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice command, four USB ports as well as EyeSight Driver Assist.

The XV is still powered by the familiar 2.0-litre Boxer engine that produces 115kW and 196Nm. It is mated to a CVT and so doesn’t make for the most engaging drive, it is not exactly the most responsive engine, but once you’re at cruising speed the XV makes for a lovely drive. What makes the XV just that bit more special is the fact that its ground clearance is at 220mm and it is AWD. This just gives you peace of mind if your travels take you on to some unchartered roads. An unkept gravel road will be no issue for the XV.

As much as it is a practical family car, one must take in to consideration that the boot is not exactly big. It is claimed at just 310-litres so if you require a few bags and holiday paraphernalia, you might struggle to fit it all in if you have two or more rear passengers.

UNIQUE

What makes the XV so appealing is that it sits within a rather niche brand. Subaru is not trying to be as big as Toyota or as popular as Volkswagen. It is a brand for those who want something just a little bit different but that delivers on all things that are important. Subaru has a loyal customer following and anyone who already loves the XV will continue to love this upgraded model.

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