VIDEO | MyDrive – Subaru XV Review

MyDrive | Written by Adam Tonkin | In celebration of our Subaru XV video clocking up 85,000 unique views on our YouTube channel, the team thought it would be a great opportunity to re-show the video on MyDrive for visitors that may have not seen.  Futhermore, we are now also closing in on a quarter of a million viewers on our YouTube channel so make sure you go and check it out and help us to get over the 250K mark.

Thanks to everyone that has watched the video and thank you for all the fantastic feedback we have received.

Over two weeks I had the opportunity to drive the Subaru XV manual and the CVT (continuous variable transmission) versions back to back.  By testing the two versions so close together, the difference in ride and drive quality were plain to see.  I travelled in excess of 3,000 kilometres driving from Melbourne to Canberra before arriving at the Snowy Mountains – Thredbo Ski Resort in New South Wales.  During my time behind the wheel, I had few complaints. For the money the XV is an enjoyable and capable soft-roader that is comfortable and easy to drive regardless if you are on a shopping trip or tackling the icy roads of the snowfields.

Our two Subaru XV review vehicles, These were our two Subaru XV review vehicles:.
Tangerine Orange Pearl – CVT Transmission
Ice Silver Metallic – 6 Speed Transmission

With Stop/Start Technology as a standard feature on the XV, the fuel economy figures certainly didn’t disappoint, returning an impressive fuel figure of 6.2L / 100km on my trip up the Hume to Canberra, and that was in the manual.  The CVT gearbox didn’t disappoint either returning roughly the same figure.

The XV drove well regardless of the conditions.  The tyres do get a little over excited if pushed although for normal everyday driving they do a great job.

The Subaru XV is certainly a carbon copy of the newly released Subaru Impreza. Is this a good thing? Very much so.  The XV drives exactly like it’s lower to the ground cousin, which gives the XV great handling with good driver and passenger comfort.

With my trip to Thredbo, (NSW Ski Fields), I did find the XV did struggle up and down the hills a little with the 6 speed manual although the gearbox did work well with the icy conditions.

The only things both cars really lack is a bit of get up and go and it could be only a matter of time till we see a warmer edition of the XV with similar power to the current 2.5L WRX engine.

This may be only a pipe dream although if Subaru Japan were to make a decision to up the ante on engine capacity, I’m sure a lot more potential buyers would come knocking. Only time will tell.

As I pointed out in the segment, you are truly not overwhelmed by the amount of gadgets in the car but you aren’t overwhelmed by the purchase price and/or the cost up upkeep either.

The Subaru XV Range;

  • Subaru XV – 2.0i with CVT or 6 Speed Manual
  • Subaru XV – 2.0i-L with CVT or 6 Speed Manual
  • Subaru XV – 2.0i-S with CVT or 6 Speed Manual

Thanks to Subaru Australia and to Subaru of America for their help and assistance with this segment.

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Thredbo Resort |

Canberra Road Trip |

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