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Subaru XV
5/10

Overall
verdict

After the BRZ, this is the most interesting car Subaru makes. But then that's not really saying much.

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  • Could you be seen in one? Precisely. No.
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    XV 2.0D S 5d

    Price £21,995

    BHP 147

    LB FT 258

    MPG 50

    CO2 146

    0-62 MPH 9.30

    Top Speed 120

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What is it?

Smart new Subaru is a welcome right move for the brand, although the XV isn't as polished as it could be.

Driving

The XV has four-wheel driving running gear, plus stacks of ground clearance. Off-road, it's very impressive for this breed of machine. On road, alas, it's less great.

The ride can be tough and, despite a low centre of gravity, it can feel a bit vague. Something not helped, it has to be said, by the inconsistent weighting of the fuel-saving electric power steering.

The petrols are pretty gutless, so you really need the 2.0-litre turbodiesel to best enjoy the XV, for it combines similarly sweet running with a useful dose of turbo torque. Just don't let the revs drop too low or expect much refinement when revved hard. The gearbox is a bit clicky too.

On the inside

Lots of hard plastic at work inside the cabin here, but it does feel immaculately well built. The boot is 380 litres - just 30 litres bigger than a Golf.

Owning

50.4mpg from the diesel and 146 CO2s mean it's relatively frugal to run.

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