The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Is Probably The Most Perfect All-Rounder
Following massive success in the US, the Japanese company Subaru continued perfecting and improving themselves based on the cars that made them popular. The Subaru XV is most certainly one of them, but after five years on the market, its age starts to show. The XV needs a thorough redesign, but while we are waiting for an all new vehicle, Subaru improved the XV a bit for the 2015 model year. Do not worry; the restrained, subtly angry, but unconventional face remained to remind us of pure Subaru friendly personality. The back is the same as before and it serves to cement the car’s strange appeal for those who want a proper reliable small SUV.
Based on an almost ten years old Impreza, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek lacks many of the modern touches, yet Subaru has been become more and more generous over the years, that the car nowadays available as the entry level XV is available with an advanced infotainment system with a 6.2-inch touchscreen and a rear-view camera. These days every car comes with some sort of an infotainment system and Subaru had to install one in the XV as well. Novelties for the 2015 include added upscale optional equipment like an even better infotainment system, Subaru’s Eye-sight safety package, and a key-less ignition system.
However, these improvements do not shield the XV from its biggest problems. Obviously, this is not a large car; it lacks the modernity and refinement of newcomers. The plastic inside is a bit dull, the systems, although perfectly usable, lack a posh finish and somehow feel outdated. However, the price is adequately adjusted for the lack of any of the modern requirements.
Don’t, however, think that this thing won’t scare off and beat some of the competitors in certain segments. The interior, although old fashioned, builds up on everything the Impreza brings to us. That means that the front space is more than acceptable, with even the rear space not being too cramped. It would be great if the 22.3 cubic feet boot were slightly bigger. If it were, we would certainly check every box in the practicality section.
Let us stress the importance of the flat floor which appears when the rear seats are lowered. With more than 50 cubic feet of space and an awesome flat floor, the Subaru XV offers far more usable space than what you would imagine by simply looking at the car. True, you would be better off if you empty your wallet a bit more and go for the Forester. For a slightly bigger price, you will get a vehicle with a bit more space, a bit more style and, most importantly, more power. The XV falls short in the power department. Its two-liter engine with 148 hp cannot offer a performance worthy of the rest of the car. With CVT, the engine will accelerate the XV Crosstrek to 60 in 9.9 seconds. Considering its awesome all-wheel drive setup and sheer all-rounder character inherited from the Impreza, we would be pleased if it had more dough.
On the other hand, its competition does not offer an even remotely capable all-wheel drive or a version with the hybrid propulsion system. The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek has all of that despite its age. Just imagine what the future and Subaru will bring to us. All in all, the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek is awesome value for money and if the small stature and a bit outdated look of the inside do not bother you too much, this is one purchase you will not regret.