Revisions aim to simplify Subaru XV range and boost refinement and dynamics
10 February 2014

The 2014 Subaru XV is claimed to offer improved dynamics, refinement and safety as part of a package of revisions. The 2014 model year changes also see the entry-level 1.6-litre petrol engine dropped from the range.

Variants featuring the 2.0-litre petrol engine are claimed to have received the most significant modifications with new valvetrain components reducing engine noise and suspension modifications to improve ride quality.

Additional soundproofing is fitted across the range and the power-steering system has been recalibrated to provide a more linear steering response. New dampers reduce steering wheel and column vibration.

A thicker and reshaped front suspension lower arm and additional reinforcements around the A-pillars are claimed to improve on the XV’s already impressive safety credentials.

Interior changes include higher grade plastics and new air-con switchgear, tyre-pressure monitoring and a gear-shift indicator are now standard across the range.

As part of the model’s rationalisation, two trim levels remain, SE and SE Premium, and both the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines are offered with a choice of manual or CVT transmissions.

The 2014 Subaru XV is priced between £21,995 and £25,995 and is available later this month.

Our Verdict

Subaru XV
Rugged XV works off road but not well enough on it to earn broad appeal

The Subaru XV is a no-nonsense crossover that doesn't quite make enough sense on the road

Join the debate

Comments
1

10 February 2014
Try trimming the price as well then you might see a few more sales.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK