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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.


BMW Concept X2 why deprive yourself? BMW soon draw its SUV range Coupes cars from below by adding a X2. The brand unveils a glimpse at the World through this namesake concept.

Take an SUV, draw him a more slender profile and voila: you now have in your hands a SAC (Sports Activity Coupe) or what is more commonly called a coupe SUV, the new genre popular among premium manufacturers. BMW was the first to enter this niche market by marketing the X6, first named in 2008. Since then, the recipe has been emulated and has declined on the lower segment with the X4. Mercedes has also followed suit by launching its next versions « Coupe » its GLE and GLC.


BMW, it has not yet finished with the coupes SUV. The constructor to the propeller is ready indeed to start the BMW X2. As its name suggests, it will be an « Coupe » version of the X1. The transformation process is slightly different however on the small SUV family: while large X6 and X4 brothers display a very distinctive profile notchback, the BMW X2 keep his side a more conventional roofline. The affiliation with the model it is based, namely the X1, shows also less obvious than other Bavarian SUV coupes. But perhaps this is put down to the side very « show car » Concept BMW X2. Remains to be seen if the production model will also show different from X1.



A mysterious concept at Mercedes is preparing for the Paris Motor Show .

The brand with the star has released a teaser video showing what appears to be a concept electric SUV. Perhaps a future rival for the Tesla Model X? The 100% electric SUV seems to be the new fad of premium manufacturers. Pioneer with the Model X, Tesla will soon be followed by Audi has already planned to replicate it with Q6 e-tron planned for 2018. And Mercedes, we obviously seek to follow suit if one believes this video. Indeed, the ubiquitous blue lighting clearly refers to the presence of an electrical system on this concept while generous ways tend to think that this is a car with imposing size. In any case, we’ll know more soon as Mercedes gives appointment in the Paris Motor Show to discover his surprise.

Teaser electric SUV Mercedes


Launched on the variant break of the Leon, X-Perience badge invites today on a model otherwise destined to receive such treatment: the Ateca SUV. For now, it is only a concept but everything suggests that production will indeed take place.

If Ateca still seemed a little too watered down level crossing, there are chances that this version of X-Perience reconciles you with the SUV Martorell. Because yes, its holding adventurer is not the only thing that distinguishes the standard Ateca. The X-Perience concept acquires indeed AWD 4Drive embellished with two new modes «snow» and «off-road» but also a sloping descent control. Added to this are a ground clearance a little higher and Michelin Latitude tires to expand its capabilities off the beaten track.

Under the hood, the Ateca X-Perience is content to adopt the most powerful diesel engine available on the series model, namely the 2.0 TDI 190 coupled to the DSG 7. Seat has not yet confirmed its entry into production, but it is not impossible that more is known at the Paris Motor Show.



The Jeep Grand Cherokee 2017 the vintage has chosen the Paris Motor Show to make its European debut. This new version is distinguished by a more distinctive front but above all by a new variant to Trailhawk road ability further increased.

To the catalog since early 2011, the current Grand Cherokee quickly approach the six-year career. So it was high time to refresh the most imposing of the Jeep. The style is now a little more premium but also more sporty, including the bubbling version of SRT that accentuates his relationship with the Charger SRT by adopting a better perforated shield.

The range of the Grand Cherokee is evolving in turn significantly. a high quality finish and is more refined Summit noted with the arrival of new 20-inch wheels and a full grain leather upholstery featuring a Laguna color (light gray).


But this vintage 2017 is best characterized by the arrival of a variant Trailhawk focused on off-road driving. Rather discreet in terms of style, she sees from the ground up and suspension performance and gets a Quadra-Lift air suspension designed specifically for it. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk also receives Adventure Goodyear tires reinforced by kevlar. Another feature: the Select-Speed Control system that controls vehicle speed as uphill or downhill thanks to the paddle shifters, what offer greater precision than the accelerator and the brake at the crossing phases.

In mechanical terms, there are no changes to report. The Grand Cherokee will propose always a 3.0 V6 diesel 250 hp, Flexfuel a V6 3.6 gasoline 286 hp but also the huge 6.4 V8 HEMI 468 hp SRT version. The Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in dealerships in December.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2017