The Subaru XV was a remarkable success story for the Japanese manufacturer when it was first introduced a few years ago. Based on the tried-and-true Impreza platform, this 4x4 crossover variant impressed British off-road enthusiasts with its steady handling and ability to perform under the toughest conditions. Now, the most capable crossover on the market is back, boasting a raft of improvements and tweaks for 2016 consisting of an interior overhaul, new sat-nav and audio systems for a smoother ride revised suspension.
A short video of the XV's capabilities in comparison to the Land Rover Defender.
Filmed at one of our Shukers Sites, this will give you a real insight into the impressive workings of the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system which is standard in every XV model.
The new XV marks a technological step up from the 2013 edition, with a gearshift indicator and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) now standard across the range. In addition, a rear-view camera ensures that visibility is excellent from all angles, while those who opt for the SE Premium trim will benefit from the new Subaru Starlink Infotainment system.
Numerous subtle performance enhancements have been made for the new XV, the benefits of which will be immediately apparent to fans of the original. For instance, engine noise and vibration have both been reduced thanks to new valvetrain components and tweaks to the power steering, while the revamped suspension allows for a smoother ride at low and high speeds.
The 2.0-litre engine range looks better than ever, too, with the most powerful variants producing an impressive 350Nm of torque. The real star, however, has to be the all-wheel drive system, which allocates power to each wheel individually depending on the terrain. This allows for a much finer degree of control and greater traction under extreme conditions.
The angular headlights, sleek contours and imposing 220mm ground clearance of the XV achieve a delicate balance of Impreza-like dominance and effortless flow. Add in practical touches like sturdy roof rails and automatic headlamps and wipers, and you have the ideal blend of poise and preparedness. This year's edition also comes with two new colour choices – Venetian Red Pearl and Quartz Blue Pearl.
The interior, meanwhile, is the epitome of convenience and passenger comfort, with heated seats, a brand-new trim and a paddle-shift steering wheel. Move towards the rear of the cabin, and the XV starts to prove its practical credentials with a maximum boot capacity of 1,270 litres with the seats folded, clever storage compartments and various cargo and luggage hooks.
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