2018 Subaru XV review: Capable but costly

Introduction

An increasing number of manufacturers are offering all-wheel drive on their SUVs and claiming an increase in off-road prowess. The truth of the matter is that some of these cars can be defeated by damp grass on a slight gradient. Subaru has long stood for no nonsense, permanent all-wheel drive capability, but in today’s fashion conscious world of SUVs, can the Subaru XV deliver on both style and substance? Competition is tough from class favourites such as the best-selling Nissan Qashqai, super-practical Skoda Karoq and stylish Peugeot 3008.

Bodystyle: SUV Seats: 5              Price: From £24,995-£26,570

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2017 Subaru XV

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 6.0 / 10

There is no denying that the Subaru XV is one of, if not the most, capable off-road car in its class. The brand’s reputation for rugged transport that will get you to where you need to go — no matter how treacherous the terrain — lives on in this SUV.

This car also majors on safety tech with an impressive list of equipment that comes as standard. Subaru clearly has its priorities right and puts some rivals to shame in this department.

The XV makes a sacrifice in terms of economy for its permanent all-wheel drive, and a total lack of diese...