Subaru, the Japanese manufacturer has established a firm name in the Asian automobile market with a range of exclusive vehicle line-up and now spreading its roots in the other parts of the globe extensively. Amidst the extensive line-up, one such prominent model is XV, which is poised to take you on all sorts of urban adventures in a hassle free manner. The masculine design and sophisticated styling cues both on the exterior as well as in the cabin make this crossover a perfect blend of style and power. Beholding a powerful as well as efficient engine under the flesh results in an experience which is unmatched in the segment.
Subaru is acclaimed for its rugged, outdoorsy cars, and XV is just the reflection of the same. First introduced in 2012, the crossover offered such capabilities that were more than an SUV. Since then it has been a prominent contender in the crossover segment, standing tough despite the shorter eminence. The crossover was evolved by taking the inspiration from the Impreza 5-door hatchback but, with an elevated suspension system and went into the initial production at Tan Chong Motor Assemblies in Malaysia in December 2012. Though it was placed in the crossover segment, but its attributes can challenge even a full-fledged SUV in an effective manner.
Refreshed and refueled with a new look, the Subaru XV is a blend of form and functionality like no other. Despite not being too big nor too small, this crossover is able to grab your attention. Never too flashy or too dull, the XV has still managed to be in the spotlight with its perfect style cues. Subaru XV has continued the tradition of the company with its bold new look that accentuates the performance in an efficient manner. Numerous visual refinements like a stylish new grille, bumper, headlamps and fog lights, this crossover will leave an impression on you that lasts.
Well, there are very few auto manufacturers who give equal importance to the rear profile of their cars and fortunately Subaru is one of them. The rear side has been styled with the same perfection and the amazingly designed tail lamps with a connective chrome slat complete this part of the sedan. Sharing a platform with Impreza many structural components are similar to the 5-door hatchback. With a longer wheelbase and generous ride height the crossover is much more capable of taking on different terrains. XV has narrower, lower sills and wider door openings that provide easy entry and even has a lower boot floor which adds to the practicality of the car in an effective manner.
The main identifiers of this crossover are the chunky bumpers and plastic extension of the wheel arches, which perfectly gives a sense of sportiness to the onlookers. Summing up the designing of this Japanese crossover, the manufacturer has evolved it with an entirely different approach, keeping in mind the people who don’t wish to have a bulky SUV but still have a need for off-road capability. Below mentioned comparison table clearly reflects the philosophy of the manufacturer.
The compact crossover follows a template similar to the counterpart Impreza. The dashboard and door panels are wrapped with soft-touch trim and the material used are much better than the company’s historical norm. The good lower-torso support in the XV seats provides all-day comfort and grippy nylon like upholstery further improve the look & feel of the cabin. The pedestal-mounted mirrors, small front quarter windows, and thin A-pillars all together result in great outward visibility. Apart from power sunroof, push-button start, keyless access and a leather-wrapped shifter, the special edition features a 7.0-inch Starlink Multimedia system with SiriusXM satellite radio, AHA, Pandora, and iHeart Radio voice activated functions along with dual USB ports. The crossover comes standard with a four-speaker audio system, 6.2-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, HD radio and smartphone app integration. All the controls are placed in a clear and structured manner that are in driver’s reach on the center stack.
The infotainment system with large touch points make the overall use much easier, and you can tap the big clear controls easily even on the bumpy roads in a hassle free manner. Though Subaru XV has a slightly less cargo space of 310 litres against its competitors but still there is enough space to stow large items appropriately. The significant wheelbase of 2635 mm results in improved cabin space and a 6-footer can easily sit behind another 6-footer without compromising anyone’s legroom or headroom. Considering the tech features and comfort this crossover tops the chart in the segment at a very competitive pricing.
The Engineers have crafted the Subaru Boxer engine to deliver thrilling eagerness and spontaneity. The pistons are placed at 180 degrees which result in lower, flatter profile, lower center of gravity and more balanced weight distribution, resulting in an enthralling performance of the crossover. The crossover is available with 2.0-litre DOHC boxer engine which is capable of delivering a maximum power output of 150 PS at 6200 rpm and a peak torque of 196 Nm at 4200 rpm. The standard all-wheel drive, and lower center of gravity results in much precise control even in the tricky road conditions and steering is quite nimble during regular driving. The better ground clearance, better stability due to engine profile’s flatter profile, give added edge while off-roading.
Gliding through the city roads is so much easy and fun now with the new XV. With its proportioned body structure, it maneuvers way too quickly offering comfort to the driver from the word go. The Macpherson Strut suspension at the front and double wishbone suspension at the rear ensures that your ride is smooth as silk and also aids in overcoming the bumps and potholes along the way.
One can expect a mileage ranging 9.8 - 13.1 kmpl, which is quite decent in the segment. The improved response and better fuel efficiency is a result of Lineartronic CVT, which is standard in all trims. The 17-inch alloy wheels along with tyre size measuring 225/55 R17 gives a better road hugging experience on the road and further adds to the off-roading capabilities of the crossover.
To give the occupants peace of mind while the drive, Subaru XV is equipped with an assortment of active as well as passive safety features. Some of the passive safety features include systematically placed airbags, 3-point seatbelts, retracting pedals and whiplash - reducing front seats. The ring-shaped reinforcement frame strengthens the cabin in all the aspects and Vehicle Dynamics Control system helps you in keeping the vehicle on track in unexpected situations. Further, the protection of the occupants is ensured by cabin protection layout which restricts crashing of engine and gearbox in the cabin. The safety front of the crossover can be further trusted, as the Subaru XV has received a 5-Star Euro NCAP rating, making the vehicle all the more reliable.
If responsive, nimble and efficient performance is your preference and frequent off-roading is in your schedule then Subaru XV should be at the top position in your selection list. The crossover is compact yet spacious, small yet powerful and simple yet aerodynamic, which makes this crossover competitive in the segment in an effective manner.
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