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Subaru XV First Drive

THOUGHTS: Subaru has released a SUV with class-leading ride and ground clearance, and an interior to the best.

Subaru, and indeed Japanese carmaker s, woes been well documented year. The devastating tsunami/earthquake hit Japan back in February rocked the country to its foundations all of the automakers suffering significant losses this year.

for Subaru at least, a phoenix is to rise from the ashes. the Subaru XV. It s based on the new Impreza, but are some significant differences – it s a shorter in the wheelbase, and it s got a lot more clearance.

Indeed, the new XV, now a stand-alone in the Subaru lineup, is Subaru s player in the booming sub-compact SUV And the company is expecting big things it.

Currently XV sales are languishing at 70 per month, but Subaru expects to around 400-500 XVs per month it goes on sale in January Pricing won t be announced until the end of the but you can bet Subaru will be hoping to it for around $30k.

Most would agree Subaru s design has been a hit and miss over the last few and this new XV has, according to addressed the mountains of customer And while it s not going to win any beauty the Impreza and thus this XV now a whole lot better.

Running a grille to the Impreza and an squarer, hawk-like face, the XV, especially in acid-trip orange, definitely your attention. It sits 1615mm high, which is 200mm higher than an and the same height as a Mitsubishi It s 4450mm long which it the longest of the sub-compact SUVs, and ground clearance of a huge (20mm more than BT-50) it sits up higher any other sub-compact SUV.

Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre boxer engine (which low in the engine bay for a super-low centre of and thus substantial roll producing 110kW (at 6200rpm) and (at 4200rpm). This is the cleanest engine ever (it s Euro V and when mated to the Lineartronic CVT has a six-speed manual mode and paddles) it consumes just – a 10 per cent improvement over the four-speed auto. The XV can also be had a six-speed manual, which combined consumption out to 7.3L/100km.

than that Subaru s Stop/Start makes its debut on the XV and is, to the engineers, able to restart stop in just 0.2secs. It has a function that allows the car to stop and then keep without the engine turning From the moment the car is stationary is a 0.5secs window before the switches off, in that the driver can change their and hit the throttle without the car switching off – not stop/start system can do this.

So what s the XV like to drive? that s a tricky one because we had a very brief drive of the at Subaru s test facility in our test drive took in laps of the facilities ride and circuit and two laps of the high-speed

But even a short drive is to tell you the XV is a giant leap (in terms of combining a good with good handling) of the old And it s easily better than a ASX, Nissan Dualis or the Kia ix35 duo, Volkswagen And it should be better in the rough too what with its short and rear overhangs.

The ride is you d expect and more from a rough-roader; it s compliant, in that s minimal bump intrusion the cabin, and yet firm enough it sits nice and flat corners. The steering is well and consistent in its action but not overly with feel.

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The six-speed manual was my favourite of the two it s got a short, positive throw and is matched to a clutch that up early in the pedal s travel. The well, I m still yet to fully to these things. See, and the XV is no they feel fine at of less than 40-50km/h, but you start building speed end up feeling rubbery.

The brake is nice and progressive and while our test drive was never to stress the brakes, they prove strong out in the real

On the inside, the XV gets decent with good support and a that s been better than any recent Impreza. But leaps out most is the quality of the materials and the quality of the workmanship.

are three trim levels to from, starting with the which gets a choice of or CVT, premium multi-function and audio with steering control and reversing camera. up is the 2.0i-L which adds an sunroof, dual-zone climate sat-nav with SMS voice to and voice command as well as privacy glass. At the top of the tree is the which throws in leather eight-way electric adjustable s seat, heated front alloy pedals, silver rails (all models get rails), privacy glass and HID headlights and washers.

In terms of safety, the XV comes equipped with an excellent of vision (front and back), big mirrors, Vehicle Dynamics System, Brake Assist and a Override System which priority to the brakes when the brake and throttle pedals are simultaneously. All grades of XV are fitted seven airbags (front, curtain, and knee).

VERDICT: ll be some who think Subaru have made the XV a little aggressive looking, but reserve until you see it in the metal. It looks and let s not forget that it s meant to be, an urban warrior. But what s impressive about the new XV is how well it It s easily better than else in the class.

Looks like Subaru just have got its mojo

Subaru XV Electric Cars
Subaru XV Electric Cars
Subaru XV Electric Cars
Subaru XV Electric Cars
Subaru XV Electric Cars

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