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Subaru XV 2.0 D in the driving report: Boxer on four wheels

Beate Jeske
Subaru XV 2.0 D in the driving report
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J ager, forester, forest and meadows: these Associations are awakened with Subaru like the color red with Ferrari. But Subaru wants to get away from the one-sided image and is rolling the Subaru XV to its dealers from March 2012.

The crossover is based on the platform of the future Impreza and is clearly noticeable among its colleagues: With its height of 1.57 meters, the Subaru XV is a lot flatter than the targeted competition for Nissan Qashqai, Mitsubishi ASX and Hyundai ix35. The hexagonal radiator grille and the headlights in the style of eagle eyes give the front section a sporty, dynamic look, while the exposed wheel arches and the rear view appear muscular. With this design, the regular customers should not be pissed off, but at the same time new buyers should be attracted.

Steering wheel in the Subaru XV adjustable for length and height

Whether the rest of the Subaru XV also has the potential for this Has? We work our way from back to front; our first look is at the trunk, which looks small. A look at the data sheet confirms the impression: with 380 to a maximum of 1,270 liters, the luggage compartment offers relatively little volume for this class. Once in the rear, the shape curve tends significantly upwards: sufficient headroom and legroom as well as pleasant seating comfort. Even getting in and out is easy thanks to the sufficiently large door cut-outs.

The positive impressions continue in the first row. We take a seat in comfortable seats. Not least thanks to the height and length adjustable steering wheel, the driver in the Subaru XV can easily find the right seating position. The entire cockpit looks ergonomic and impresses with clear instrumentation and high-quality materials.

Good elasticity at low speeds

At the end of our ride, the on-board computer shows oneAverage consumption of 6.6 L /100 km - without automatic start-stop. Like the automatic gearbox, this is only available for the boxer petrol engine with a choice of 1.6 (114 hp) or two liters (150 hp). The ace up the sleeve of the Subaru XV is the lavish standard equipment with CD audio system, automatic climate control and 17-inch alloy wheels. The chances are good that new associations will arise with the Subaru brand in the future.


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