The Subaru XV is a compact SUV based on the impressive Subaru Impreza hatchback. In the US and Canada, it is marketed as the XV Crosstrek. It’s a family-friendly car that drives comfortably and has plenty of safety features.

This car uses a 2.0-Litre four-cylinder, horizontally-opposed Boxer petrol engine which produces 115 kW of power and 196 Nm of torque. The sole engine option is mated with a Lineartronic CVT with manual mode. According to its manufacturer, the XV has a combined fuel economy of 7 Liter per 100 kilometres.

Subaru has also included a lot of safety and comfort features on its midrange and upper variants. In terms of boot space, the XV has 310 litres which is a little below the small SUV average.

What are the pros and cons of the Subaru XV?

Pros

  • Great handling even on hilly roads thanks to its shock absorbers and slightly tall ground clearance
  • Impressive off-roading performance thanks to its All-Wheel Drive system
  • Plenty of safety features. Subaru Eyesight is standard across all variants except the 2.0i base model.
  • Upper trim levels have X-Mode function which assists in hill descent and ascent control
  • LATCH anchors for child safety seats are easy to use and are quite accessible.
  • Well-placed infotainment touchscreen with large buttons and user-friendly features

Cons

  • Low fuel economy of 8.71 Litres per 100 kilometres for city driving conditions
  • The vehicle accelerates slower than its rivals at 10.3 seconds from 0-100 km/h
  • Poor handling when hitting small bumps because of its former tyres and taller ride

What are the Subaru XV Models?

  • Subaru XV0i AWD

This base model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, fabric cloth seats, and a 6.5-inch infotainment system.

  • Subaru XV 0i-L AWD

This midrange variant comes with a lot of extra kits including Subaru’s EyeSight feature which aids in active safety driving. This driving assistance system integrates things like cruise control and autonomous emergency braking.

Furthermore, this trim level also comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen central display and dual-zone air conditioning. It also has two instrument panel displays and leather trims on its steering wheel. Side mirrors are also power-folded, which is quite useful when parking in tight spaces.

  • Subaru XV0i Premium AWD

Aside from having all the bells and whistles of the two previous variants, the 2.0i Premium  also has satellite navigation and powered sunroof. The turn-by-turn instructions are also shown not on the central screen, but instead on the instrument panel.

  • Subaru XV 0i-S AWD

The top-of-the-line variant of the XV further adds luxury and safety to those who are willing to spend more. It has a power-adjustable driver’s seat with part leather trims. It also comes with LED headlights that automatically switch on when it’s dark.

Additionally, it also has other safety features not found on other variants. Features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, lane-change assistance, and reverse auto-braking are also standard for this model. Finally, the 2.0i-S comes with 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Subaru XV is regarded as the best-selling vehicle from the Japanese automaker. However, the car itself has its pros and cons which car buyers should consider before purchase. The XV also has one of the highest resale values in its category.