Subaru are a brand with longevity. It's kind of strange, you don't see too many of them around, but you always know that they’re there. Does that make sense? What I mean is, we all know that they exist, we generally don't have much negative to say about them, but we don't see too many of them on our streets. Anyway, the Subaru XV is technically up against the likes of the Mazda CX-5 and even the new Kia Sportage. However, while this car and brand may have technical rivals, they kind of sit in a league of their own. Subaru seems to be for the outdoor types... which might explain why, with the exception of the BRZ, all of their offerings to the Irish market are four-wheel drive.
Subaru Ireland has made to engines available to the Irish market. One petrol and on diesel. The petrol engine is a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder, that gives 150hp. This All wheel drive car will bring you from 0-100km/h in 10.7 seconds and it is only available to our market with a Lineartronic CVT gearbox. Other markets can benefit from a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2.0 litre diesel will bring you from 0-100km/h in 9.3 seconds and it offers 147hp. This is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Because these cars feature all-wheel drive technology, you can feel an immense amount of grip on corners. However, like the Levorg, the suspension is firm and a lot can be felt on uneven surfaces.
Once again, the comparison here is with the new Levorg from Subaru. This car allows too much road noise in. More sound insulation is needed. The suspension can also be heard when the car is trying to figure out the surface that it is driving over.
There is only one trim available to the Irish market and with this the car does come nicely kitted out. The plastics, while they don't look amazing, do seem to be hard wearing and durable - which is what a car like this needs. You should also find very nice leather seats.
This car scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP. This car has good visibility all around it and it also comes with a lot of safety features, including a vehicle dynamics control system which monitors whether or not the driver is following the driver's intended course. Also, if the car feels that it's losing stability on corners, the AWD torque distribution kicks in and brakes individual wheels as needed.
The XV Crossover offers great legroom to the rear. However, the C-Pillar curves downward and head room can be an issue for taller people. The boot offers 380 litres of space, which should be better.