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The chunky Subaru Impreza-based XV crossover takes it right up to the Dualis and ASX

25 Jan 2012

SUBARU has made its name on forging forward with new crossover ideas like the Outback and Forester, and now the Japanese carmaker is at it again with the XV – a small-car based all-wheel drive lifestyle hatch with ample ground clearance and a fat wad of value pricing propping it up as well.

The big question is, though: is this yet another jumped-up Impreza or something genuinely different and innovative

Whatever the answer is, we like it.

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Model release date: 1 January 2012 to 1 May 2015

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Impreza XV

Released: June 2010
Ended: December 2011
Family Tree: XV

SIMPLY a jumped-up third-gen 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.

Power was delivered to all four wheels via a 110kW/196Nm 2.0-litre twin-cam 16V horizontally opposed four-cylinder Boxer engine, mated to either a four-speed auto or five-speed manual gearbox.

Performance wasn’t exactly meteoric, but the Impreza XV’s safe handling, exceptional grip and reasonable running costs meant that the car garnered a small following – certainly enough to persuade its makers to take the concept a step or two further come the G4 version.

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