Subaru XV

Subaru XV Review: “Riding becomes more comfortable, has stable and distinct quietness” by Yoichi Moroboshi

The Subaru XV SUV was manufactured based on the Impreza. It underwent a facelift in November 2014, about two years after its release.

I test drove it without knowing about the minor changes it had, and I thought that its riding comfort has become stable and the minor vibration has been reduced well. It gives off an impression that it has achieved a calm running performance as a whole. Its shock absorber and spring were actually given minor changes and its suspension was reconfigured. It felt that way when I rode it without prejudice. Therefore, I think it should be given firm, further changes.

The quick response of the handling is reinforced. The steering gear ratio on the engine model and hybrid model XV were actually different. The hybrid utilizes a quicker gear ratio. With this minor change, a sharp maneuverability of the vehicle is exhibited by changing the gear ratio on the engine vehicle into the same one as the hybrid vehicle. It also does not produce an unstable feeling on the vehicle’s movement, as it is combined with the reconfigured suspension circumference.

In addition, it is possible to switch between running priority S-mode (Sports mode) and gas mileage priority l-mode (Intelligent mode) by using the SI Drive that can change the output characteristics of the engine. You would usually drive on I-mode since you’d probably want to save gas mileage. Then, you would drive on S-mode when you’d try to play around a little. The fun part is that the vehicle can actually reflect your state of mind.

Furthermore, it is now equipped with the Ver.3 EyeSight, and the performance of the cruise control with pre-crash brake, and all vehicle speed tracking functions including the active lane keeping were improved.

â– 5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★

Yoichi Moroboshi | Motor Journalist

He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He has competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)