Subaru strikes a balance
THE 2012 Subaru XV is a more than capable Crossover.
Every inch of the XV can be attributed to Subaru's unique symmetrical all-wheel drive design. Visually, it stands out from the crowd, and not because of the striking colours available or the impressive wheel design.
There isn't a bad line on XV, as the lower positioning afforded by Subaru's BOXER engine and AWD system gives it a sleek sedan-like shape with its sporty angled nose. The design is so upmarket, it looks more expensive than its approximately $3.7 million price tag.
The Subaru XV is just as impressive inside. The fabric seats are comfortable and the generous use of plastics is expected, given the amount of work and play the XV may endure during its lifetime.
The centre console offers intuitive control knobs and buttons for all the major amenities. Extra switches on the steering wheel for things like the sixspeaker audio system, cruise control and activating the standard Bluetooth connectivity means the driver never has to lose focus. Nestled at the top of the dash is a colourful multi-function display showing driver-determined information. It doubles as the screen for the reverse camera.
Where the XV shines is on the road, where most Crossovers often struggle to get it right. The ride is smooth and never harsh, regardless of surface and speed, even with its large tyres. Uneven pavement and bumps disappear into the background. Off-road, the sensation is the same as the AWD system and vehicle dynamics work to provide surefootedness.
Of course, safety isn't an issue with the XV as its five-star Euro NCAP rating says it all.
This means you can enjoy the 150-hp from the BOXER 2-litre engine, delivered smoothly and effortlessly, without worry. The CVT transmission, in auto or paddle-shift mode, provides acceleration whenever needed.
On top of being a great value, the XV gets the Crossover formula right, blending the ease and comfort of a sedan with the off-road toughness and space you want from an SUV. Now available from KIG.
Engine — 1,995 cc
Horsepower — 150PS @ 6200 rpm
Torque — 20.2 kg/m @ 4200 rpm
Transmission — CVT w/paddle shift plus AWD
Fuel capacity — 60 litres
Mileage — 8 litre per 100 km