By Jay Khan, November 28, 2014
Model spec: Subaru XV SE Price: £26,295.00 Engine: 2.0-L Diesel Boxer
BHP / Torque: 145 / 350 Max Speed: 120 CO2: 144g/km 0-62mph: 9.3 seconds
Economy/Range: 45mpg combined Tax: £145/year
“Like all cars the XV has plus and minus points one point being that its slightly more expensive next to its rivals, but that doesn’t make the XV less of a car”The XV’s three engine Boxer range consists of the two petrol engines, a 1.6 and 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder line up and a single 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder diesel. The mid-range 2.0 Diesel SE trim costs from £26k and comes well specced with good levels of standard on board equipment and includes AWD, 17 inch alloys but no Sat-Nav, which is optional extra. The 2.0 Litre Diesel pumps out 145bhp and 350 Nm of torque, performance is quite smooth and strong through out the rev range though a little harsh sounding when accelerating however the XV never feels short of power in any gear. The six speed manual transmission doesn’t have the most smoothest of actions and it can be quite clumsy and notchy to engage primary gears. The XV’s handling is excellent, the steering may lack feed back but the chassis’s neutral front to rear balance allows for a predictable, stable and supple feel with minimal roll when cornering and AWD traction means grip is never in short supply. The XV features a front MacPherson strut and rear double wishbone with coil springs, combined with gas-filled shock absorbers which relays a firm ride. Initial low speed bump absorption is good but stiff on the rebound, overall its acceptable and isn’t too intrusive when covering motorway miles. Class leading ground clearance is good for cross country pursuits but means a less efficient aero profile and reduced mpg, however the XV returned an impressive 44mpg on a combined cycle. Boot space isn’t class leading but the standard 380 litre’s is useful and extendable to 1,270 litre’s with the rear seats folded flat. Overall the XV does everything a Crossover SUV should do, its spacious, practical, comes with AWD is well put together and is a decent drive. Like all cars the XV has plus and minus points one point being that its slightly more expensive next to its rivals, but that doesn’t make the XV less of a car and throw in a 5 year warranty then its no reason to be overlooked.