Car reviews - Subaru - XV - 2.0i-S
We praise the Subaru XV’s life-preserving abilities – without activating any airbags
19 Jul 2012
SUBARU’S XV compact crossover has obviously struck a chord with the Australian car-buying public, consistently exceeding sales expectations despite not costing much less than the popular Forester from the next size up.
We were impressed with the XV after our drive at the launch in the summer, so we decided to live with – and almost in – one for a week during winter, including a trip to the bush to check out its mud-plugging ability.
But did the XV’s initial charm soon wear thin or is this the beginning of a beautiful relationship?
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SIMPLY a jumped-up third-generation Impreza, the first XV was a toe-in-the-water exercise to judge the acceptance of an Outback-style crossover model within the small-car range – although Subaru was already at it almost a decade earlier with the chintzy RV variation.
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