Subaru XV
The Field|January 2021
It once occupied the gap between the Forester and the Impreza, but does it still? The key, finds Charlie Flindt, is in the suspension
Charlie Flindt

XV 20.I SE PREMIUM E-BOXER LINEARTRONIC

Engine: 1,995cc 4-cyl ‘boxer’/Lithium ion battery

Power: 150PS

Max speed: 120mph

Performance, 0 to 62: 10.7 seconds

Combined fuel economy: 35.7mpg

Insurance group: 16

Price: £33,655

SUBARU’S XV has always seemed to suffer from an identity crisis. Is it an SUV? A ‘crossover’? For most of its life it has been a five-door hatchback with raised suspension and four-wheel drive, occupying the clear blue water between the bigger Subaru’s (Forester and Legacy/Levorg) and the blue and gold delinquents of the Impreza range.

That clear blue water has drained somewhat now that Subaru has told the Impreza to grow up and stop being a spoiler-clad hooligan. It’s now a sensible, five-door hatchback with four-wheel drive. But where does that leave the XV?

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