Hot Car Deal – Subaru XVBig discount on all XV models

04 July 2013

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It's taken Subaru quite a few years to wake up to the success of the crossover market that's dominated by the Nissan Qashqai. The XV, launched in 2012, is its first real compact hatchback crossover vehicle.

The Subaru XV has most of the SUV bases covered. It's safe, solidly built and thoroughly competent on the road. Combined with Subaru's expertise with four-wheel drive systems, the XV ought to be a front-runner among other crossover vehicles such as the Ford Kuga and VW Tiguan.

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Video transcript

Back in the late 1990's, blue and gold Subarus were winning world rally championships and the iconic Impreza turbo was king of the high street. But a series of plans in increasingly disappointing cars, mean the once bright stars of the Subaru badge have been fading ever since. This car the new XV, is tasked with bring back the Japanese brands glory days.

It's a compact cross over, essentially a halfway house between a medium car and a four-by-four. and it's saying somewhere between the hugely popular Nissan Qashqai and the upmarket Audi Q3. XV prices at launch start from just over 21,000 pounds. we've tested the car on the road and in our lab to see how it stacks up.

Most UK buyers will opt for the 2 liter diesel XV seen here, which costs them around 24,000 pounds. with 145 brake horsepower, it sprints from 0 to 62 miles an hour in a swift 9.3 seconds, and delivers claimed fuel economy of 50 point four miles per gallon. Although we managed 47.1 mpg in our more realistic tests.

There are also two A one hundred and forty BHP 1.6 and a one hundred fifty BHP 2 liter. Both were better 40 MPG according to Subaru. Well though it's based on the Impreza hatchback, the XV has unusually high ground clearance for a compact crossover. and that coupled with full time four wheel drive means its more than capable of tackling a muddy field or a snow covered country lane boxer diesel engine makes a lot of noise if you put your foot down.

But it does offer plenty of pulling power from low revs which is important if you do plan to venture off-road or if you are towing a caravan or trailer. At motorway speeds, the XV feels in it's element. but on twisty roads like these, the slightly vague steering and the amount of body roll when cornering, never let you forget that your driving a 4 x 4.

Anybody expecting the poise and point to point speed of an Impreza turbo will surely be disappointed but the XV does have a rugged charm of its own. In typically Japanese fashion, Subaru has kept the XV range simple. Metallic paint and leather trim are the only items on the auctions list. And there were just three trim levels, all of them well equipped.

Entry level X-Spec cars get air conditioning, 17 inch alloy wheels curtain airbags, a driver's knee airbag and traction control. Upgrading to SE adds climate control, automatic headlights and Bluetooth, a six speaker stereo, and a reversing camera. Go for the top spec SE Lux premium and you'll get leather trim included along with keyless entry and electric seats.

The interior of the XV is functional rather than funky. And there's a lot of cheap hard feeling plastics in here that definitely wouldn't make the grade in an Audi Q3 or BMW X1. That said, the controls are well laid out and simple to use. The color display on top of the dashboard falls easily within the driver's line of site.

And many of the car's functions can be controlled via the buttons on the steering wheel. Drivers up to 6 feet 3 inches should be able to get comfortable in the front and there's a similar amount of space in the back. Although the four wheel drive transmission tunnel does restrict leg room for a central passenger.

The XV isn't without its faults. Low rent interior, the relatively high price, and the smallish boot to name a few. Fortunately, Subaru is throwing in lots of after sales extras including free scratch repairs, 300 pounds towards your insurance excess and 300 pounds off your first MOT. Consider all the standard equipment included as well, and suddenly the XV starts to look like decent value especially, compared to its premium badged rivals.

Whether it can revive Subaru's reputation remains to be seen. Perhaps that job is best left after the forthcoming [xx] sports car. In reality, the XV probably makes more sense as a secondhand buy. It's likely reliability means it should make a good value family car in a couple of years time. And I wonder if you can get one with gold wheels?

Subaru XV 2.0D on test

The XV line up is pretty basic, with just three engines and three different trim-levels, so choosing the right model for you should be relatively simple. There's a 1.6-litre petrol with 114bhp, as well as a more powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine providing 150bhp. It's the 2.0-litre diesel we'd go for, as it provides the best compromise between performance and fuel economy.

We've tested the diesel XV in our labs where it returned a credible 47.1mpg, though not quite as impressive as the 50.4mpg claimed by Subaru. Fuel economy claims for the petrol models range from 40.9mpg to 44.8mpg.

Save £2,300 on Subaru SUV

While stocks last, Subaru is offering £2,300 off all XV models. That means the entry level XV 2.0D S is reduced from £24,295 to £21,995. It's well specified so should be fine for most buyers, but if you want all the bells and whistles it's worth taking a look at the 2.0D SE Lux Premium. Extras like keyless smart entry and a navigation system with built-in Bluetooth connectivity are fitted as standard. Prices for this model have dropped from £29,995 to £27,695.

Head to you local Subaru dealer or the Subaru website to take advantage of this offer.

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