Subaru impreza xv review




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  • Launched earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the Subaru Impreza XV is the successor to previous Impreza Sportwagon and RV.

    City or country, the XV is a capable, off-the-beaten-track compact SUV-that-isn't. Subaru might start fashions but it doesn't stick with them.

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    Subaru impreza xv review

    Subaru impreza xv review

    You see, while many rival systems require the driver to make speed adjustments using the cruise control buttons, the Subaru system is far simpler. It might look good, feature a vast range of equipment and have the benefit of all-wheel drive and a rather comfortable ride, yet the fitment of a torquier engine linked to either a manual or torque-converter automatic gearbox could have been the cherry on-top for the new Subaru Impreza. The features in this paragraph are bundled into something called the Vision Assist pack. We've lost count of the times we've had to label a Subaru a niche offering suitable for small group of people with specific demands, and this new XV isn't any different.

    Subaru impreza xv review

    Subaru impreza xv review

    Subaru impreza xv review

    Subaru impreza xv review

    Subaru impreza xv review

    Subaru XV Review | Top Gear

    By Gareth Evans and Keith Adams. Contributor, historic racer and associate editor on our sister website Parkers. The Subaru XV is one of those cars that's a whole lot better than you expect to be. On paper, it could be viewed as being expensive, slow and inefficient, but it's only when you spend time behind the wheel, that you start to understand the deeper-seated quality of this oddball crossover.

    Especially if you're testing it a little more sternly than regular trips to Tesco and back. In fact it sells roughly twice as many four-wheel drive vehicles as Jaguar-Land Rover worldwide The recipe here hasn't changed much over the previous XV, which is a rare sight on our roads. It's still powered by a flat-four engine feeding not much torque through a stepped CVT permanently to all four wheels. This time around you've got a choice of 1. Naturally we're trying the more powerful version.

    Subaru impreza xv review

    The styling has been altered, although you'd have to be a confirmed car spotter to make sense of the changes over the old XV. So, it has a sleeker grille, new LED headlights and silver accents to highlight the car's off-road sensibilities. In fact, while it might look more evolution than revolution, this is a completely new car from the ground up to make use of the new platform.

    It's fractionally wider and longer than the old XV with a bigger boot. But is this Subaru XV better to drive than the previous version? And we can say that unequivocally because we tested them both back-to-back, at speed, on a deserted airfield, and then in a muddy quagmire for good measure.

    Subaru impreza xv review

    The biggest difference is in the on-road handling, and that's down to the new platform. Bodyroll has been mitigated impressively thanks to a lower centre of gravity, lighter, stiffer monocoque and a new stabiliser bar at the rear.

    The latter point is the most important, as it connects directly to the body instead of the subframe as before, thus eradicating most of the excess movement.

    The XV's steering has been improved too — especially on initial turn-in — due to a far more rigid body structure and a retune of the electrically-assisted system's software. There's still no real feedback in the traditional sense, but it's sharp and accurate enough to be enjoyable on a set of icy chicanes. Another major improvement we noticed during quick driving the power delivery, or more precisely, the gearbox's response. In our quest for a bit of sideways action, old-school-Scoobie-style, a long right-hander showed a stark difference in drivetrain performance between old and new XVs.

    Subaru impreza xv review

    The former didn't serve up nearly enough torque early enough to trouble the symmetrical all-wheel drive system when we wanted to, whereas the latter offered poke almost immediately, with the associated corrective action required. Sideways on snow, and balanced, neutral sliding otherwise. It's not tail-happy in any way, but feels solid and manageable.

    Some rival cars with Haldex have a tendency to understeer with real commitment — but not here. This less-than-scientific dynamic test had us thinking this could be one of our favourite CVT transmission set-ups. And that's because this 'stepped' transmission does a very good job of impersonating a torque-convertor auto in most circumstances — as is the fashion with so many CVT-equipped cars these days. It's only when you try to push the throttle pedal through the bulkhead that you're subjected to the droning racket our very own Anthony ffrench-Constant describes as 'bovine' in its aural pleasures, but at least there's more meaningful accelerative progress available than before.

    2018 Subaru XV Review - New Motoring



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