The already heavily populated C-sized SUV segment has a new contender from Subaru, the XV, which slots right under the Forester in the Japanese firm’s lineup.
The XV is in essence a crossover version of the Impreza hatchback with a reworked body with plenty of plastic cladding and a jacked up suspension. It arrives in the UK with a choice of three engines and an equal number of trim grades with on the road prices ranging from £21,295 to £29,995.
The engine lineup includes two petrol units with a displacement of 1.6-liters and 2.0-liters producing 112HP (114PS) and 148P (150PS) respectively, both of which are available with either a five / six-speed manual or a six-speed CVT automatic.
There’s also a diesel option with the 2.0-liter boxer unit that delivers 145HP (147PS) and 350Nm (258 lb-ft) of peak torque propelling the XV to 60mph (96km/h) in 9.3 seconds while returning a combined fuel economy of 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 146g/km. Subaru believes this version will likely be the best-seller in the range.
All three-engine variants come with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system fitted as standard.
The entry-level S models are equipped with ABS, traction control, Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (SVDC), front, side, curtain and knee airbags, 17-inch alloy wheels, daytime LED running lights and automatic air conditioning as standard.
Moving up to the SE trim adds a rear-view camera, cruise control, Bluetooth functionality and USB/iPod connectivity, while the range-topping SE Lux Premium models also get a sunroof, Keyless Smart Entry, push-button start, leather seats and satellite navigation.