Subaru XV 2017 car review
By Cade Wilson
The 2017 XV is a fine example of the latest Subaru technology, style and handling all wrapped up in one colourful package, and it's not afraid to get dirty either! Boasting a very confident AWD drivetrain, highly regarded Lineartronic CVT transmission, and perfectly laid out cockpit, there’s not a lot missing in the new Subaru XV.
Like the new Impreza, the XV is built upon the new Subaru Global Platform which translates into positive handling, and a smoother, roomier ride, as a result of extensive development to the body structure. Also aided by the Active Torque Vectoring system, which uses the VDC (vehicle dynamics control) system to gently apply the inside brakes when corning during sporty driving. This directs more drive torque to the outside wheels which helps the SUV turn better and improves steering response and control. It sounds very technical but it all adds vehicle safety and works seamlessly as part of the vehicle operation system.
The cockpit is one of the areas I enjoyed the most, very well laid out and you can never have too many informative screens! The steering wheel controls were very easy to access and not too complex to understand. Subaru EyeSight® is a fantastic safety feature that now includes Lane Keep Assist which guides the cars steering to keep you in your lane. All of which helps the XV achieve a 5-star ANCAP rating. Another interesting feature added to the Premium model is Reverse Automatic Braking. In a nutshell this system uses the vehicles reversing sensors to spot any potential hazards, and will panic stop when required.
Entertainment in the cabin comes from an impressive 8.0 inch colour touchscreen that connects seamlessly to your smartphone allowing you to stream the music you love straight into the impressive sound system.
Two variants of the XV are available - Sport and Premium. The Premium model boasts 18 additional features over the sport such as 18” alloy wheels, sunroof, automatic headlights, power driver’s seat, and heated front seats, just to name a few.
New to the Sport is Apple Car Play and Android connectivity, while the Premium picks up Satellite Navigation by TomTom featuring Traffic. This system gives real time traffic information while using navigation in New Zealand’s busiest cities such as Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga and Hamilton.
At a glance
|Models||Subaru XV Sport, Premium|
|Engine||2.0ltr DOHC Boxer|
|ANCAP safety rating||5-star|
|Power||115kW, 196Nm torque|
|Transmission||7-Speed Lineartronic CVT|
|Fuel economy||7.0L/100km Combined|
|Towing capacity||650kg Unbraked, 1400kg Braked|
|Luggage capacity / payload||Seat up 310L, Seat down 765L|
|7-Airbags||Lane Change Assist|
|ABS, EBD, TCS||Rear view camera|
|Blind-spot detection, Rear cross traffic alert (Premium)||EyeSight®|