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Subaru XV 1.6i S Lineartronic

Subaru XV 1.6i S Lineartronic

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: Subaru XV 1.6i S Lineartronic
  • Fuel: Petrol
  • Range (WLTP): 44.8 mpg
Subaru XV 1.6i S Lineartronic

Summary

There aren’t many car companies that can genuinely claim to have rally-derived technology in their road cars, but thanks to the symmetrical all-wheel drive system that is a mainstay of its range, Subaru can. Subaru has some seriously impressive expertise but traditionally the achilles heel has been fuel consumption, so can the XV change all that?

The reason why Subarus have had a bit of a drink problem is that the excellent ‘boxer’ engines have been performance orientated. However the latest 1.6-litre version forgoes a turbocharger and only manages 112 bhp, so it is clear that it has been optimised for efficiency, and the good news is that it has catapulted the XV into the upper echelons of fuel-sipping crossovers. To maximise the gains you need to specify the CVT gearbox but the manual is almost as good, is cheaper and more engaging.

Despite the big leap in fuel economy, not everything has been revolutionised at Subaru, and this becomes instantly clear when you see the interior. The kindest description is workmanlike, but the truth is that the design and material quality does lag behind the expectations of European buyers. At least years of experience suggests that none of it will fall off any time soon.

Externally the XV’s styling is well judged thanks to Subaru having years of experience of producing cars with a reassuringly solid look, but the XV blends this with a touch more design flair which should endear it to style-conscious buyers.

Subarus have always been a great choice if you’re looking for an unbreakable car that can handle itself off road whilst still entertaining on road, but the poor fuel economy has been a big downside. Now that the fuel consumption has been improved there is much to recommend, including a good five-year warranty, as long as you can see past the old school interior.

 

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Specifications Subaru XV 1.6i S Lineartronic

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: 51.4 mpg
  • Fuel economy, urban: 35.8 mpg
  • CO2 emissions: 146 g/km
  • VED: VED band F - £145 a year
  • Weight: 1385 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2022/23): 22%
  • Price: £20,415
  • Insurance group: 17
  • Power: 112 bhp
  • Max speed: 109 mph
  • 0-62mph: 13.8 seconds
  • Torque: No