Adventure is the name of the game with the Subaru XV, the compact crossover that’s ready to take you places.
One glance is enough to know that this compact little go-getter is ready for action. With the same 220mm of ground clearance of the Forester and Outback, this slimmed-down off-roader punches far above its weight. There are eight paint colour choices ranging from vibrant Sunshine Orange, to elegant Crystal White Pearl, to serious Dark Grey Metallic, each making a bold statement of its own. The look is completed with striking 17” or 18”-inch aluminium alloy wheels.
The interior of the XV is very spacious, easily outclassing the competition with its superior passenger volume. Each passenger is seated in great comfort, with the finest soft-touch materials or leather on offer, as well as dual-zone automatic air conditioning.
Piloting the Subaru XV is a joy. Drivers’ toys include paddle gear shifters behind the steering wheel, one-touch lane changing, keyless entry and push-button start, built-in satnav, a touch-screen infotainment system controlling a 6-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and voice recognition.
As with all Subaru models, safety is a top priority in the XV. Yes, there are airbags galore, side-door reinforcement beams, and whiplash-reducing seats. But there’s also the option to add Eyesight Driver Assist Technology, which keeps an extra set of eyes on the road to help prevent collisions.
Yes, the XV is a looker, but it also shines where the rubber hits the road… or the dirt. As befits any vehicle with offroad aspirations, the XV is driven by all four wheels. A compact yet surprisingly-powerful 2.0-litre 4-cylinder boxer engine drives the Active Torque Split All-Wheel-Drive System, giving you outstanding handling and exhilarating performance on both smooth tarmac and rugged trails.