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  • Joshua Dowling road tests and reviews the Subaru XV with specs, fuel economy and verdict.

    Graham Smith reviews the used Subaru XV its fine points, its flaws and what to watch for when you are buying it.

    The Subaru XV is a capable off-roader and it comes with plenty of kit as standard, but it has its limitations.

    Most of the switches are logically placed, the displays are clear and visibility is excellent. Subaru owners are like a club of connoisseurs, all in on the secret: The cabin design is simple and intuitive, with physical buttons for most controls instead of the touchscreen-reliant set-up favoured by some rivals. The dealer network is thin, too, which — allied with its costliness, automatically discounts it for many.

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    The company is perhaps best known for producing cars with accomplished off-road ability, for which they have long been a favourite in rural Britain. Search for and buy a used Subaru XV on driving. You have a choice of three engines: S trim is the basic level while SE brings more electronic equipment such as a rear-view camera and cruise control. Lux adds non-essentials including a sat nav and electrically powered leather seats. A family-size crossover is usually a compromise on the road. Its high driving position and good off-road ability can come at the expense of a poor ride or high levels of body roll.

    For a start, the driving position is not as commanding as you might expect, with a view of the road that is little better than from a conventional hatchback. On the move, the four-wheel drive system generates an impressive amount of grip, holding a tight line around corners which, from the driving seat, makes the car feel sure-footed. Passengers will be more aware of the significant body roll in bends, combined with a poor suspension set-up that softens road bumps but does not absorb them.

    Every dip, ridge or pothole is felt in the cabin. A lack of effective damping means that the car bounces before settling down. The overall result is an uncomfortable, fidgety ride which, oddly, makes the car feel unstable on straighter stretches of road, in contrast to its confidence-inspiring cornering. The optional automatic gearbox is a continuously variable transmission system.

    The diesel returns around 50mpg on the official test; the 2-litre petrol does 42mpg, although we found that real-world driving knocks 10mpg off the figure.

    But even if you need a family car that can traverse steep muddy fields, or miles of gravel roads, you would be better off buying an off-roader like the Nissan X-Trail for the same price, which is more than competent when the going gets tough and much better on tarmac.

    There are ISOFIX mountings for child seats, and airbags for the driver and front passenger, a knee bag for the driver and curtain airbags at the side in the front and rear. Three-point seatbelts are provided for all three, rear seats. Most of the switches are logically placed, the displays are clear and visibility is excellent. This will be enough for some buyers. Many, though, will feel that they are sat in a car from a decade earlier.

    The trim is a mishmash of soft and hard plastics, the radio display is a single colour dot matrix screen and the stereo is one of the tinniest we have tested in years. Although the XV is priced optimistically as a new car, these things have a habit of finding the correct level fairly swiftly on the used market, and the XV makes a decent used buy. So while an Audi Q3 or VW Tiguan is a more sensible new alternative, they hold their value better than the Subaru, making the Japanese contender a more tempting used buy.

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