2012 Subaru XV – Photos and Info

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The new XV is Subaru’s first attempt of entering the compact SUV class, currently ruled by cars such as the Nissan Qashqai or the Hyundai ix35. It comes with three engine options: a 2.0-liter boxer diesel with an output of 147 horsepower (which is the best choice, as we’ll explain later), a 1.6-liter 114 horsepower and a 2.0-liter 150 horsepower petrol engine. All of the models get either a CVT automatic transmission, or a manual gearbox. The power is connected to an all-wheel drive system.

The interior design looks and feels cheap, because of the unaesthetic plastic parts. The exterior doesn’t have much to show either, but I wouldn’t necessarily categorize it as “ugly”.

The fuel economy and CO2 emissions are not anywhere near the top of the class, but they are acceptable (the Diesel outputs 50.4mpg and 146g CO2/km). If you need a big refill-free range, you should go for the Diesel, since it gets a theoretical range of 670 miles. The Diesel is also more quiet and pleasant to drive.

The CVT gearbox is rather loud and unresponsive, so the manual one would be the right choice.

The trunk has a capacity of 380-liter, but the rear seats can be folded for a capacity of 1270-liter, which is more than enough.

Subaru has also considered safety while designing this car. It comes with ABS, traction control, seven airbags, retractable pedals and a collapsible steering wheel. Thanks to all of these features, the car scored five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.

The base price is $28,000, and it can go up to $37,000 with all of the options installed.

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Agenda Buster March 12, 2012 - 7:45 am

I’m very disappointed with the Subaru Styling. It seems like they can’t figure out if it’s a wagon or a hatchback! It’s too ugly! We are owners of other Subarus, however this year, we are looking around. The Subaru didn’t even come with a Temp Gauge!!! We can’t own a car in Colorado without a temp gauge.

Sorry Subaru, it was nice while it lasted. We like wagons, we need gauges. It’s cold and Hot in Colorado, we don’t like to find out we are overheated after the fact high in the mountains. You see, water boils faster at 10,000 feet elevation!

Saige Parmenter April 16, 2012 - 2:14 pm

I value the blog post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

Edi Pop April 17, 2012 - 11:52 am

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