There’s lots of seat and steering wheel adjustment, and the elevated driving position gives you a good view of the road ahead. Thick pillars at the back mean rear visibility isn’t so good, though. Most of the important controls are within easy reach, but the layout of the stereo and ventilation controls can be confusing.
Subaru XV space & practicality
The XV has more rear legroom than its rivals, which goes some way towards making up for the less-than-impressive headroom, because it allows those in the back to slide their backsides forward a bit. The XV’s boot floor can be lifted up and hooked on the lip of the boot to create a ramp for hauling out large suitcases. Trouble is, it’s so fiddly to set up that you’ll never bother using it. The boot is disappointingly small.
Subaru XV equipment
All XVs come with alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera, xenon headlights, Bluetooth and automatic lights and wipers. Top-rung SE Premium models also have leather seats and sat-nav, but they're too pricey, so we wouldn't spend the extra.