For The Subaru XV handles pretty well, and the diesel engine is strong and flexible. There’s loads of legroom in the back, while child crash protection is exceptional.

Against Ride quality and refinement are poor at all speeds, and the interior feels cheap. The biggest problem, though, is the high price, which is on a par with those of far more upmarket SUVs.

Subaru XV 4x4
22 5stars

The Subaru XV isn’t without its merits, but it’s difficult to make a case for it at this price. Cars such as the Nissan Qashqai offer more comfort and more refinement for a lot less cash.

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The full Subaru XV review

There are 4 Subaru XV versions available

4x4 2.0i SE 5dr £21,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
4x4 2.0D SE 5dr £23,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
4x4 2.0i SE Premium 5dr £23,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
4x4 2.0D SE Premium 5dr £25,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Subaru XV is available with a 148bhp 2.0-litre petrol and a 145bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine. The diesel gives brisk and effortless performance, but while the petrol is okay in isolation, it’s not a patch on the diesel because you have to work it harder.

All versions have four-wheel drive as standard, which is good for all-weather traction, but not for CO2 emissions; most rivals are more efficient.

If you’re going to buy an XV, the diesel is definitely the one to go for. However, cars such as the Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi offer as much – more in some areas – for a lot less money.

Alternatively, if you're prepared to spend this sort of money, there are some fine premium alternatives to choose from, including the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.

Reader test team says:

Subaru XV 4x4 2.0i SE 5dr

Owned this car for two years and it has been a great car. 100% reliable, comfortable and feels reassuringly safe in all weather conditions. Eats the…

david fielding

4 out of 5 stars

Subaru XV 4x4 2.0i SE 5dr

I've had my XV for a year now and am a very happy customer. The XV is competing in the 'crossover' sector, but, in reality, that is what Subaru…

Andrew Gingell

5 out of 5 stars

Subaru XV 4x4 2.0D SE (UK drive) 5dr

I have owned this car for 4 months from new. The service from the Subaru dealership was excellent and the eventual price paid was reasonable bringing…

stuart wright

4 out of 5 stars
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