The XV’s exterior styling looks clean, modern and rugged. One of the prominent (and also my favourite) exterior features of the XV is the black cladding that surrounds the bottom edge of the car. It starts from the front bumper and extends all the way to the rear.
The local authorised distributor premium model gets the usual exterior items such as front and rear fog lights, roof rails, HID head lights, front headlight washers, sunroof, side mirror indicators and 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels.
Engine wise, the XV gets Subaru’s new 2.0 litre DOHC flat four FB engine which generates around 148bhp at 6200rpm and 196Nm of torque at 4200rpm. The FB engine is said to reduce emission and improve fuel economy, compared to Subaru’s older engines. Given the kerb weight of the XV at 1430kg, its performance doesn’t look that impressive but it would be adequate for urban driving. The car is equipped with a 6-speed CVT transmission and its fuel tank capacity is at 60 litres.
Most automakers offer all of these items as standard options nowadays and it is nothing to shout about. One thing I like about the interior is the ample rear leg space and high headroom, good for tall and/or large passengers.
Several safety features were incorporated into the XV. Other than the two usual front airbags, the car gets a side and curtain airbags plus a knee airbag for the driver. On top of that, the car gets an ABS system with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist and also Vehicle Dynamic Control system (VDC); Subaru’s electronic stability control system with traction control.
In my opinion, the Subaru XV is a nice looking small-sized SUV. With an average size engine and decent performance, it is ideal for urban driving and also it won’t cost too much on road tax and fuel costs. Hopefully, Subaru will release a turbo version of the car for those who want a little “oomph” in their XV.