Despite the fact that the Subaru Subaru XV is purported 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.
Subaru has increased the second-generation XV’s touchscreen from 7.0in to 8.0in, while simultaneously introducing DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard across the range.
Graphically, the system is pretty basic – the XV’s wheelbase is actually 25mm longer than that of the full-size Subaru Forester SUV, so you won’t find you’re short on leg room in the back. The same can’t quite be said for head space; those of a loftier disposition will find they need to slouch to avoid having the tops of their noggins brushing against the roof.