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The Subaru XV is a capable off-roader and it comes with plenty of kit as standard. The XV line-up is refreshingly straightforward. There are two powertrain choices and two trim levels, both fairly equipped. Both engines are trademark Subaru Boxer flat-four petrol, with a 1.6-litre lining up alongside a more powerful 2.0-litre option. Unconventional CVT transmissions are standard fit, with no option of a manual or regular automatic.


There’s enough kneeroom for taller passengers. While the outer seats are fairly sculpted, the central rear passenger will feel more cramped. The middle seat is narrow and fir and it’s raised up, affecting the limited headroom further. It’s easy to fit a child seat in the back of the XV, thanks to Isofix fixings that are easy to reach from behind a pair of plastic clips. A 385-litre volume is much less than the 510-litre volume. The seats fold in a 40/60 split expanding the total load space to 1,270 litres. Once the rear bench is folded down, there’s a sizeable hump in the floor which makes it hard to move larger and heavier items towards the front of the space.


The XV’s steering isn’t too bad. The setup itself feels somewhat sharp and ready to react to inputs. Body control feels good though, thanks to the relative low centre of gravity for a crossover brought about by the low-sitting Boxer unit. The XV’s ride is okay and its chassis flows nicely, real care seems to have been delivered into the suspension setup to give a composed but cosseted ride. Overall, it’s just a shame that the CVT transmission and lack of torque blots the XV’s copybook from a dynamic point of view.

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