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Subaru unveils new XV crossover at Geneva Motor Show

The all-new XV aims to offer a genuine crossover experience, with off-road capability and improved behaviour on-road

Words by: First published: 7th March 2017
  • All-new version of Subaru’s compact crossover
  • Promises genuine off-road capability
  • Rivals include Nissan Qashqai and Honda CR-V
This is Subaru’s new XV crossover, a car that promises genuine off-road ability in a relatively compact size.

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show, the new XV sits on the same underpinnings as the latest Impreza, and Subaru says this will mean enhanced comfort, agility and refinement on the road. This isn’t designed as a luxury machine though; the styling is rugged and aggressive, and an all-wheel drive system should make it capable away from the tarmac, unlike some of its rivals. Cars like the Nissan Qashqai and the Honda CR-V have SUV stylings, but are resolutely road-focused.
2018 Subaru XV
Notable new features include two new paint colours – Cool Grey Khaki and Sunshine Orange – as well as an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Subaru says it has paid particular attention to steering and pedal feedback, as well as noise and vibration, to improve the driver experience. This is good news, as the previous XV was disappointing to drive.

Safety features include EyeSight as standard, which includes various preventative safety and assist systems, such as Lane Keep Assist and adaptive cruise control. Power comes from a revamped version of Subaru’s 2.0-litre petrol engine, attached to an automatic gearbox.

We expect the new XV to arrive in the UK early in 2018.
2018 Subaru XV

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