Drive – Subaru Impreza XV Review

10 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Subaru Impreza XV Review

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safety complement

Outstanding on gravel

Compact dimensions are to live with


auto is off the pace

Average and plenty of cabin noise

wheel needs more adjustment

Smallish boot


Weekday commuter and getaway car #8212; that’s the behind Subaru’s new Impreza XV.

with the standard Impreza the XV raises the ride height by 30 and adds some cladding to the transformation from orthodox car to crossover.

Of course, the Subaru Forester and fulfil a similar role but the XV is cheaper and targeted at a younger


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Price and equipment

The is better able than cars to make the transition to because it comes standard all-wheel-drive, as do all Subarus sold in

Subaru also has credentials in area, having offered an RV and Sportswagon in the past.

Priced $27,490 (plus on-road and costs) as a five-speed manual or for the optional four-speed auto tested here, the XV comes the same 2.0-litre boxer engine as the other members of the Impreza range.

Apart from the ride-height and cladding, it has its own grille, new bumpers, rails and a rear spoiler.

equipment includes foglights, alloys, sports front a 10-speaker audio system, climate control and leather for the steering wheel, gearshift and

But like many faux the XV is fitted with only a spare tyre.

Like all sold in Australia, the Impreza XV with the maximum five-star crash-test rating. It also stability control, six airbags and brakes with brake and electronic brakeforce distribution.

the bonnet

The horizontally opposed engine produces 110kW at and 196Nm at 3200rpm, competitive in this class.

However, when attached to four-speed auto and asked to along a weighty car (by class it does feel stretched.

The XV is not a in which to attempt a snappy on a rolling country highway, nor it effortlessly conquer climbs something you are reminded of when the thumps back into gear. Manual shifts second nature. Subaru has a new and continuously variable transmission in the

Both will be welcome.

An 8.8 per 100 kilometres fuel-use average is and we finished close to 10.0L/100km a week of varied conditions.

No doubt in an attempt to heat its catalytic converter as quickly as our test XV idled so high cold, it was possible to engage and drive off at more than without touching the accelerator. warm it settled back

How it drives

To compensate for the ride-height Subaru has tuned the stabilisers, rates, damping force and subframe bushes. The result anything to get excited about.

The Impreza is a mediocre handler so a higher centre of gravity going to transform it. The XV is at its best soft-edged bumps but once get sharper, there is intrusive kickback and some rear-end

There’s also notable beamed into the cabin tyres on coarse surfaces.

the XV does shine is on gravel, good traction courtesy of and its excellent anti-lock brakes. Of it is not a serious off-roader.

The XV’s makes it good for shopping and car parks.

Comfort and practicality

The sports front seats are the XV upgrade from standard The rest of the interior #8212; and burnished plastics and the flowing stack #8212; is very Call it workmanlike, rather attractive.

Airconditioning controls are a three-dial affair and the audio USB and aux inputs are in a split-level lidded bin in the Other storage up front door pockets with a glovebox, parcel tray and cupholders.

Although the driver gets a and rake-adjustable steering wheel, the range is limited.

In the rear is space for two adults, although kids is a squeeze. The bench is deep and comfy and accessed by doors. Storage is provided by pockets and a passenger seat-back

The XV’s boot is quite at just 301 litres, although grows to 774 litres when the is split-folded.

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