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Although many SUVs look like they can cut it off road, a surprising proportion would struggle to pull themselves out of a muddy car park. Why? Because most are either front-wheel drive or have four-wheel drive systems that only work some of the time. The Subaru XV is a very different animal.
Yes, Subaru’s family SUV looks like a hatchback on stilts, but beneath its subtle, conventional exterior is a full-time four-wheel drive system that makes the XV remarkably agile in conditions that would stop rivals in their tracks.