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Subaru XV: Rugged modernism

By FaezClutchless on 18 Dec 2011

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What do you get when you infuse the latest Subaru Impreza hatchback with SUV elements? You will get the Subaru XV (also known as the XV Crosstrek in North America). The Subaru XV is basically a “raised” Impreza hatchback and it is the direct replacement for the Subaru Outback Sport.

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The XV not only shares the same platform as the new (2012 onwards) Impreza hatchback, they share the same body as well. The car was recently displayed at Vivocity and although it was a rather quiet event, many were taking a closer look at Subaru’s latest offering.

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.

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In the interior department, it looks ordinary and I find that a little dull and it is not surprising as most Japanese cars tend to look like this. Subaru has fitted several options such as a multi-functional screen at the dashboard which can be used as a reverse parking camera screen display, stereo system with integrated Bluetooth function, steering control switches, paddle shifters and etc.

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.

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Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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Mecontle Dec 18 2011 07:39 PM
i was there at vivo but i circled around for brz w o success , the rest r crap
Mecontle Dec 18 2011 07:39 PM
i was there at vivo but i circled around for brz w o success , the rest r crap
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