Borrowed deputy editor Matt Burt’s just-arrived Subaru XV last night. He’ll tell you all about its everyday appeal in the coming weeks, but a pair of the Subaru’s interior switches are worthy of their own early story.
Tucked in behind the handbrake to the left of the driver’s backside are two switches for the heated seats. But our particular mid-spec SE version of the XV has fabric seats. And those switches aren’t just placebos; they work.
I know heated fabric seats are nothing new in Japanese cars; my own long-term Honda Insight a couple of years ago had them. I couldn’t work out why they were there then, and seeing them again in the XV has reignited my bafflement.
So, two questions to you all: can anyone enlighten me on the logic behind heated fabric seats? And is there an even more baffling optional extra you can think of that’s as bizarre as it is pointless?