Used Subaru XV 2012-2018 review

Category: Family SUV

Section: What is it like?

Used Subaru XV 2012 - 2018
  • Used Subaru XV 2012 - 2018
  • Used Subaru XV 2012 - 2018
  • Used Subaru XV 2012 - 2018
  • Used Subaru XV 2012 - 2018
  • Used Subaru XV 2012 - 2018
  • Used Subaru XV 2012 - 2018
  • Used Subaru XV 2012 - 2018
  • Used Subaru XV 2012 - 2018
  • Used Subaru XV 2012 - 2018
  • Used Subaru XV 2012 - 2018

What's the used Subaru XV hatchback like?

It’s amazing to think that given Subaru’s penchant for four-wheel drive (even on the smallest cars in the range, such as the Justy), it would take them until 2012 to come up with a Nissan Qashqai rival. Trouble was, the XV was much more expensive when new, so it never matched the success of the Qashqai. Now that used prices have taken a tumble, it's time to re-evaluate this Subaru.

The fact that the XV comes as standard with four-wheel drive makes it stand out in the family SUV class and will appeal to those who live in areas that experience extremes of weather or live up a rutted farm track.

Inside, you’ll find plenty of space for occupants front and rear, as well as a number of cupholders and storage areas to put things. Boot space is a bit disappointing, while interior quality leaves a little to be desired too. Hard plastics abound, with some of the door panels flexing visibly when touched. Things were improved after a 2016 facelift, though, particularly when a revised 7.0in touchscreen was introduced that looked and worked far better than the aftermarket system fitted to higher-spec earlier models.

Standard equipment is decent, with entry-level S models getting air-con, a height-adjustable drivers seat and 17in alloy wheels. SE versions are much plusher and come with heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera, automatic lights and wipers, Bluetooth connectivity and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. SE Lux Premium (later renamed SE Premium) adds leather trim, keyless entry and start and electric adjustment for the driver’s seat.

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