Despite the fact Subaru purports this latest XV to be all-new, you’d have a hard time identifying exactly what aspects of its cabin are in fact, well, new. It retains that same sense of hardiness that’s not only common to all Subaru models, but is a key appeal to the brand’s typically agricultural customer base, and aesthetically it’s all much the same as before. This means you get chunky switchgear that’s easy to operate on the move and which imbues the XV with a sense of sturdiness and dependability.
That the perceived material richness may not be as high as that from more mainstream rivals in the segment – think Seat Ateca – may be partly the result of Subaru’s pitching the XV as a rough-and-tough crossover with genuine off-road capabilities, as opposed to a town-friendly hatchback on stilts.
However, that’s not to say the cabin is a dull place to sit. Contrasting orange stitching and leather upholstery go some way to lifting its overall ambience, and this is certainly a more upmarket-seeming car than what it replaces – although we’d hazard a guess that the mock carbonfibre detailing won’t be to everyone’s tastes.