Subaru XV long-term test review
The XV spearheads Subaru’s counter-attack on the raft of mainstream, medium-sized SUVs. We’re running one for six months to find out how it stacks up...
- The car Subaru XV 2.0i SE Premium Lineartronic
- Run by Claire Evans, consumer editor
- Why it’s here To see if improvements introduced for the 2018 version have made the XV a worthy adversary to its many rivals
- Needs to Get to work whatever the weather and provide comfortable transport for the family at weekends
Price £28,510 Price as tested £29,060 Miles 6847 Official economy 55.4mpg Test economy 35.9mpg Options fitted Quartz blue pearl paint (£550)
1 August 2018 – Locked in
Price £28,510 Price as tested £29,060 Miles 6827 Official economy 55.4mpg Test economy 37.9mpg Options fitted Quartz blue pearl paint (£550)
The XV has lots of redeeming features, but there is one really irritating thing that I’ve not been able to remedy so far. The doors lock when I press the ignition button, which isn’t unusual, but instead of unlocking when someone pulls on the interior door handle, they stay resolutely locked unless I switch off the ignition.
This isn’t an issue when I’m driving alone, but if I have a passenger who wants to jump out to open a gate or shoo cats off the drive, they can’t unless I turn the car off, which is a bit of a faff.
On a more positive note, commuting on the traffic-clogged M25 every day is slowly but surely helping to improve fuel consumption – being forced to drive at 50-60mph in traffic I’ve seen it rise to 37.9mpg. I’m aiming to crack 40mpg soon.
For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here