Subaru XV Road Test (2012)

Subaru XV (Interior View) (2012)

Subaru XV Review

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In fact currently the XV scores the best result of any car for Child Occupancy.

Safety and Security

The Subaru XV has been tested by Euro NCAP scoring five-stars – 86% Adult Occupant, 90% Child Occupant, 64% Pedestrian and 86% Safety Assist. This compares to the Mitsubishi Outlander which was tested in 2012 and also scored five stars -  94% Adult Occupant, 83% Child Occupant, 64% Pedestrian and 100% Safety Assist. In fact currently the XV scores the best result of any car for Child Occupancy.

The XV is equipped with front, side and curtain airbags plus the driver gets a knee bag.

It is also equipped with other active safety systems, including: Vehicle Dynamics (ESP) and traction control, ABS, plus retractable pedals and a collapsible steering wheel.

Our test car, the Subaru XV ‘SE’ model was fitted with an iPod compatible single slot CD/Radio with six-speakers. There are iPod, USB, 12v and 3.5mm sockets which allow easy connectivity for most devices. Overall the audio system is good and there is also Bluetooth telephone connectivity.
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  • Nissan QASHQAI
  • Vauxhall Antara
What We Liked
  • Exterior Styling
  • Boxer Diesel Engine
  • mpg
  • Euro NCAP Rating
What We Disliked
  • Ride can be crashy at times
  • Expensive
What We Would Like To See
  • A little cheaper

The Subaru XV feels as though you need an application for it – it is a vehicle with a purpose that is capable of handling all of your family’s needs. The engine is very good, the transmission is a little clunky but the exterior styling is contemporary and it makes an interesting change to the very popular Nissan QASHQAI but it is rather pricy due to current exchange rates.

26 November 2012 Melanie Carter
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Subaru XV Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSubaru XV SE
Body TypeSUV
ColourSatin White
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph9.3 Seconds
Top Speed 120 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban41.5 mpg
Extra Urban56.5 mpg
Combined50.9 mpg
Insurance Group21
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 26/11/12)£26,295

The information contained within this Subaru XV review may have changed since publication on the 26 November 2012. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Subaru dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018