2016 Subaru XV 2.0I-S Review

2016 Subaru XV 2.0I-S road test and review.

The current crop of Subaru models never fail to impress me and the 2016 Subaru XV 2.0I-S is no different.

This crossover SUV possesses the same quality and solidness in its construction and design as rest of the line up just in a smaller package.

Subaru are pitching the XV as a fun vehicle for the urban jungle and this shows in their presentation.

With a choice of vibrant colours like Hyper Blue (pictured), Tangerine Orange and Venetian Red  it doesn’t take itself too seriously and the trendiness continues into the cabin with a choice of ivory or orange stitching.

The rest of the exterior is highlighted by a body kit with unique faux-carbon fibre fenders and skirts, attractive 17” alloy wheels and shiny roof rails.

Being a crossover, the XV is not huge or long by any stretch, in fact it’s pretty much a sedan with a higher seating position. Think of it as a mini version of the Subaru Outback.

Space in the boot is limited with a high floor but still adequate as I managed to fit in all the luggage in a trip to the airport. Legroom and cabin space is roomy though some may feel the roof to be too low.

Stick your head inside and the interior is identical to other models in the Subaru range in terms of design and layout and doesn’t really present anything new.

But then again consistency is a good thing.

From the dash to the touchscreen, buttons and gauges, the simplistic but rugged arrangement is cut and paste from other models.

The leather trim seats provide plenty of comfort while the driver’s side has 8-way powered adjustment and both front seats are heated.

Other included features in the top of the range model 2.0I-S are smart key and push button ignition, 7” touchscreen with satnav, auto headlights and wipers, fog lights, DRLs, dual zone climate control, reverse camera, paddle shifters, sports pedals and an electric sunroof.

On the road the XV 2.0I-S takes time to get going limited by the  110kW and 196Nm of power and torque. Acceleration is by no means sluggish and adequate for city driving.

The plus side is that it keeps the fuel economy down coming out at under 9L/100km during my test drive. And this was mostly without the use of the auto start/stop system.

All round drive feel is pleasing and handling is sturdy though the suspension is harder over bumps and humps due to the 17” wheels.

It can be slow to engage the gears when switching through park/reverse/drive and some may find this a minor annoyance.

If you do manage to get out of the city on occasion, it’s capable of light off-roading with a 220mm ground clearance and like all Subaru’s– standard AWD.

Unlike its cousins however, the XV doesn’t possess multiple drive modes so you’re stuck with one set of gears.

To wrap up the 2016 Subaru XV 2.0I-S is another dependable offering great for yuppies, dinks or young families looking for a car with more space without the size.

With a modern, fun design and Subaru’s quality build you won’t be disappointed with this small SUV.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Subaru XV 2.0I-S

Engine: 2.0L turbo petrol producing 110kW and 196Nm

Transmission: Six-speed manual or CVT

Warranty: 3 Year/Unlimited km

Safety: Five stars

Origin: Japan

Price: From $35,290

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