Subaru XV test, unknown

When you think of the bustling SUV market, Subaru is one of the brands that are revealed immediately. However, the Japanese brand was one of the first to participate in the creation of this category. Today, alongside the Forester and Outback, Subaru presents a XV that is renewed and claims the characteristics of the brand.

Subaru XV

Despite a drawing close to the first generation, this Subaru XV second generation is completely new except for two buttons shared with its predecessor. Like the recent Impreza, it is based on Subaru’s 2016 Global Platform, which benefits both safety and agility. Taking the appearance of a more adventurous Impreza, the Subaru XV offers the usual arsenal with widened wings in black plastics, side reinforcements or roof bars. Inside, it offers a modern dashboard with a large 8-inch central screen with improved ergonomics to which smartphones can connect. With its exposed seams, the presentation can even be opulent depending on the finish. Extending over 4.46 meters, the XV offers a good habitability but fishing with a trunk volume limited to 385 liters.

It does not just have the style of an SUV

Despite these developments, it retains the specificities of the brand. So, while many SUVs on the market are offered only in two-wheel drive series, the Subaru XV is available with a permanent all-wheel drive. Like all Subaru, with the exception of the BRZ only available in propulsion. Combined with a comfortable ground clearance of 22 cm, this four-wheel drive allows the Subaru XV to venture far off the beaten path as we have experienced on a suitable terrain.

On demand, the standard X-Mode can take control of the engine, the gearbox, the AWD transmission or the brakes to offer some off-road helpers such as the assistant on the descent in steep slopes. Once the car is placed in the maximum angle of the slope, it is enough to release the brake to let the Subaru XV regulate the speed automatically. Add that off-road, the Subaru XV was particularly comfortable during our test.

Obviously, most SUVs sold in France will taste more bitumen than land and so we had the opportunity to try the second generation of XV on roads. Good news: the off-road capabilities of the Subaru XV does not prevent it from behaving well on the bitumen so far. Subaru has so much confidence in its SUV that we have been invited to test it on the track. If it is not a sport, the Subaru XV nevertheless showed a very correct behavior thanks to a rigidified chassis. Compared to the first generation, the new Subaru XV has a better controlled roll and a much more precise and fast steering. Despite its qualities off-road, this second generation is far from being ridiculous on the road and can face the competition serenely.

But not everything is perfect. We wrote in the preamble: Subaru remains true to its characteristics. If the architecture of boxer engine shared with Porsche is part of it, the agreement between the new four-cylinder flat and the continuously variable box is not really pleasant. This box is the only choice in terms of transmission has the disadvantage of giving the impression of milling. The engine is quickly heard during acceleration, like Toyota hybrids. For example, getting into a fast lane will be done under an unnecessarily high volume. In the case of block 1.6 of 114 hp and 150 Nm which is the entry level, we also regret a lack of torque that will be felt especially outside the city where the Subaru XV is not really alive. Nearly 14 seconds are needed to go from 0 to 100 km / h. The boxer 2.0 of 156 hp and 196 Nm is logically better (10.4 seconds for the same exercise) even if it does not represent the panacea for as much. Cast driving will therefore be more suitable for the Subaru XV and we will appreciate not having to handle a gear lever.

More recently, Subaru wanted to add a safe rope to its bow by offering the EyeSight driving aid arsenal on its various models. The second-generation Subaru XV has several sensors including a stereo camera in the front. The SUV therefore benefits from adaptive cruise control, emergency braking assistance, dead-angle detector or assistance in maintaining the traffic lane (deactivated). Combined with a new, reinforced architecture, this equipment has allowed the Subaru XV to reap five stars in EuroNCAP crash tests.


Displayed from 30.000 $, the Subaru XV offers a nice standard equipment including EyeSight, X-Mode, all-wheel drive and CVT. At the end of this test, we can only welcome Subaru’s efforts to improve the XV. It is regrettable, however, that this model is proposed only with the boxer engine associated with the CVT box.

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