The Subaru XV is priced at a similar level to rivals such as the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, and it simply can’t compete in that company. The Nissan Qashqai, meanwhile, is quite a bit cheaper, and if you go for a two-wheel-drive version of any of these rivals, you’ll get them for less than the XV. They’ll be cheaper to run, too.
Subaru XV quality & reliability
Interior quality is rather mixed. Parts of the dashboard are a match for a VW Tiguan's, but the centre console and the glovebox lid feel disappointingly hard and cheap. Subaru doesn’t sell enough cars to appear in the JD Power Ownership Satisfaction Survey, but the company has a good reputation for reliability.
Subaru XV safety & security
The XV performed exceptionally well in Euro NCAP child safety tests, achieving a 90% score. It scored the full five stars overall, thanks largely to the seven airbags that are fitted to every model in the line-up. Stability control – also standard across the range – will help you avoid an accident in the first place.