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2018 Subaru XV review - verdict

The latest Subaru XV is a new car from the ground up, and it needed to be: the previous car was a poor effort in a competitive class. So, does the new model address the XV's drawbacks?

Words ByDoug Revolta

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2018 Subaru XV

We haven't yet driven the XV on the road with the benefit of full specifications and pricing, but our time with the car showed that it is a genuine step forward over the previous model, with improved handling and a better interior.

However, the absence of manual gearbox and diesel engine options could lessen its appeal in the UK, while a number of rival SUVs have better infotainment systems and are better to drive. With prices likely to start at around Β£25,000, the XV will also have to be seriously well equipped as standard if it's to make sense when it goes on sale in early 2018.


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Rivals:

Nissan Qashqai

Seat Ateca


Subaru XV 2.0i Lineartronic

Price Β£25,000 (est)

Engine 4cyl, 1995cc, petrol

Power 154bhp at 6000rpm

Torque 145lb ft at 4000rpm

Gearbox 7-spd automatic CVT

0-62mph 10.2sec (est)

Top speed 116mph (est)

Official economy 40.4mpg (est)

CO2, tax band 140g/km, 27% (est)

Release date Feb 2018

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