Subaru has released a new compact SUV with the 2019 Subaru XV. The XV is built and modelled like your typical SUV but has squished itself into a simple, and sharp compact car. The Subaru XV models come with their own set of perks and technological advances, making the price climb somewhat worth it. Speaking of perks, the XR does come with an array of equipment and extra goodies.
Firstly, the dusk-sensing headlights are a must. Along with rain-sensing wipers, the car feels like it is doing all the work for you. The Subaru also has a sunroof, giving a fantastic option of letting in some light during a long trip. The touchscreen nav system allows for a nice technological touch, and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing all mobile phone users to connect their phone. A personal favourite feature of mine is the heated front seats, which makes those cold morning commutes to work just a little bit easier. However, so many functions maybe a bag thing in this case. The XV includes three, yes three, screens in the car, creating a major distraction while driving. The three screens include an information display, a multifunction, and a media screen. While these aspects may be important, I feel that it could have been condensed into one touch screen. On a similar note, the steering wheel is so jammed full of buttons and toggles that it feels like a remote control for a TV. While every button and toggle does seem to have their uses, the abundance of buttons feels unnecessary and clunky.
The interior of the car has a nice feel, with dark leather trim and chrome accents. The Premium XV model also includes a few extra features, with a rear-view reverse camera and dual climate control. While there are a few free colour options, the signature colour is a Sunshine Orange shade, which looks like a glass of Fanta. While it does make the car stand out (especially in your work carpark) the colour is quite nice and did grow on me.
Despite it being a compact SUV, the Subaru XV does feel large inside and out. While this does seem like a negative, it actually makes the drive quite easy. The steering wheel is large and solid, while all controls, such as the touch screen and climate control, are big and chunky, allowing for easy manipulation and access.
The chunkiness of the Subaru adds to the gravity of the car when driving. This, I found, made the car feel centred and secure to the road, giving me a sense of security. However, this weight does make the steering feel slow, but an adjustment to your steering style can fix this. Overall, the Subaru XV feels quiet and safe on the road, and despite being a ‘compact car’ seems bigger and chunkier than it is.
Overall, if you are after value, then I suggest you visit your nearest Subaru dealer and take a closer look at the Subaru XV SUV.