- 5-door SUV
Engine & outputs:
- 2.0L, 4-cyl petrol – 110kW / 196Nm
- 6-spd manual or CVT auto, AWD
- 7.3L/100km (combined)
- Height: 1615mm
- Length: 4450mm
- Width: 1780mm
- Weight: 1390kg
- Ground clearance: 220mm
Subaru has been taking its compact hatchbacks and wagons and jacking them up, turning them into tough little off-roaders since the 1970s and calling them names like Leone, Loyale and even Gravel Express and the XV has done its best to follow suit.
While this, (and the current model XV) is based on the Impreza hatch, the XV has been reengineered to offer a respectable level of ground clearance and, with Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, some very capable off-roading ability.
However when it comes to on-road characteristics, age and mileage have not been all that kind to the XV.
Now that the used market has compressed the pricing difference between the 3-tier line-up, we’d recommend looking past the base model 2.0i.
While it’s still a good thing, for the same money, or just a few hundred dollars more, you can get into the higher spec variants.
When new, this mid-range XV was the sweet spot of the XV line-up.
These days, we’re not so sure.
For only a few hundred dollars more, a top spec 2.0i-S is a more attractive and intelligent alternative, unless you’ve found an extremely low mileage 2.0i-L in pristine condition.
The top-spec Subaru XV is the one we’d recommend.
When new, the 2.0i-S was over $8,000 more than a base spec 2.0i. These days that price difference has dropped to just a few hundred dollars and with the list of extras on offer, it’s an obvious choice.
We recommend the XV but it comes with conditions.
Avoid the CVT automatic transmission models as the risk of failure and the costs attached are far too high.
If you’re happy with a manual transmission, look for the most recent, lowest mileage 2.0i-S with a solid service history you can find.
If you absolutely have to have an auto, we recommend looking at the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage instead.
Engine & outputs:
Information correct as of December 24, 2020.
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