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Army November 22, 2012
CARRYING on from their 2012 update of the
Impreza, Subaru also updated their XV sports
Sharing a similar body, engine and interior as the
Impreza hatch, the XV has the same ground clearance
as the company's Forester wagon at 220mm, allowing
owners to be more adventurous when travelling over
unsealed and difficult terrain.
On the road the XV is quiet and the 2.0-litre engine
mated to the six-speed CVT transmission provides sur-
By using the steering wheel-gear-changing paddles,
drivers are able to exploit the responsive transmission
for overtaking and cornering, leaving the impression the
automatic transmission need not be viewed as a boring
The high ground clearance didn't produce the overt
body roll expected during medium to tight cornering.
The XV was composed and after a day at the wheel
drivers should be getting the most out of the elevated
ride height, CVT and paddle shift control combination.
The XV is a good-looking AWD hatch, capable
of providing a semi-off road experience, while at the
same time having the ability to transport 4-5 adults in
The only let down with the XV and Impreza-
platform based Subaru range is the lack of boot/hatch
luggage space with the rear seats up.
For a couple or a family of three, the ability to lay
down either one or both of the sides of the rear seats
would improve haulage capacity.
With a reasonable asking price, five-star safety, a
three-year unlimited kilometre warranty and bullet-
proof Subaru reliability, purchasing an XV would a
wise move for any prospective car buyer.
-- WO2 Andrew Hetherington
A sporty and practical option
Inside: The XV's interior is comfortable with plenty
Subaru XV AWD Sports Wagon
Engine: 2.0 litre boxer engine 110kW and
196Nm of torque
Transmission: 6 speed CVT automatic trans-
mission with steering-wheel paddles
Fuel use combined: 7.0 litres per 100/km
0-100km/h: 10.7 sec (claimed)
Price: $34,490 before on roads
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