Subaru xv offroad




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    Subaru XV off-road The Subaru XV can do this, and much more. The problem is, most people don't need it to. Credit: Olgun Kordal.

    The Subaru XV is better than many of its competitors off-road, but is let down by its engine and gearbox.

    Subaru xv offroad

    Subaru xv offroad

    This is the first SUV built on Subaru's new Global Platform, there to improve the cars' agility, crash protection, efficiency and driver reward. The styling has been altered, although you'd have to be a confirmed car spotter to make sense of the changes over the old XV. Subaru was smart enough, or got lucky enough, to catch the early wave of interest in crossover vehicles that turned into the tidal flood of our current SUV obsession. The Mazda CX-3 is an entertaining car to drive, a comfortable machine to occupy and a pleasing object to behold. Kerry Packer's secret Aussie cricket order.

    Subaru xv offroad

    Subaru xv offroad

    Subaru xv offroad

    Subaru xv offroad

    Subaru xv offroad

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    Stylish, good off-road credentials with smart all-wheel drive and mm ground clearance, much-improved interior, safety tech, brilliant chassis.

    The not so good: Engine lacks any pleasing grunt, CVT auto is your only gearbox option, boot space not huge. You know, the one effortlessly transitioning between city life and action-packed bush adventures in the SUV? If that is you, we normal folk with desk jobs and young kids hate you. We don't need all that fancy adventurey stuff from our SUVs. The wildest we get is mounting the kerb outside the school gates or hunting out the occasional puddle after a wet weekend.

    Subaru xv offroad

    Hence the proliferation of "soft roaders". SUVs that have the look of rugged adventurers but in reality focus heavily on cabin comfort and toys for the city snarl, have only two-wheel drive and the sort of ground clearance that sees you bottom out over speed humps.

    Yes, snigger at the nonsense of it all but we Aussies are buying soft roaders or faux-wheel- drives in the tens of thousands each year. We love the style, you see. We love people thinking we could be off being Bear Grylls next weekend. Let's not tarnish every small SUV as a charlatan though. There are antidotes and Subaru's XV has the credentials to satisfy that advert guy and his perfect life of adventure. Here we have the new second-generation all-wheel-drive XV bringing a more stylish and better connected cabin than old, a safety boost, rock-solid handling and even more convincing off-road nous.

    Subaru xv offroad

    The XV also stands out with a distinct body style - at its best when dressed up in a no extra charge funky colour like orange or vibrant blue - emphasising distinctiveness and fun. This jacked-up Subaru with the resin wheel-arch mouldings offers an appreciated blend of style and genuine substance. There are four XV models on offer, each with full-time all-wheel drive and a smart X-Mode to aid traction on slippery surfaces. Ground clearance at mm is superb, eliminating the bottoming-out anxiety you get with most small SUVs.

    The new XVs come only with a 2. Upshot is if you want all this "genuine" SUV stuff you gotta pay for it. When Subaru launched its new Impreza model last year the leap in cabin comfort, style and functionality over before was mighty.

    The same applies to the new XV. Even the cheapest entry-level model boasts a classy interior with robust cloth seats jazzed up with orange stitching, a 6. The door arm rests, by the way, could rival a Bentley's for sink-in comfort. Price is pretty compelling for this entry-level model but aside from the above and inch wheels, you miss out on plenty of goodies. Your touchscreen becomes an eight-incher, cloth trim gets classier, you get dual-zone climate control, leather steering wheel and, of key note, Subaru's excellent EyeSight driver assistance safety system.

    Subaru xv offroad

    This uses cameras to bring pre-collision braking, pedestrian avoidance, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. Rear seating is superb for a small SUV - head and leg room being plenty for at least two adults - but litres of boot space isn't huge.

    This is the first SUV built on Subaru's new Global Platform, there to improve the cars' agility, crash protection, efficiency and driver reward. And they've done a great job. Agile enough around town, comfortable as a highway cruiser and impressively balanced in turns, the XV belies its high ride height well.

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