What makes the Subaru XV 2.0i-S ES a strong contender in the Premium Hatchback category of the 2017/18 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank? We investigate…
The Subaru XV is a new entrant into the Premium Hatch category. Its raised ride height and all-wheel-drive dynamics at first appear out of sorts as a premium purchase but as buyers lean ever more towards crossovers and SUVs, the combination of hatchback and SUV ticks all the boxes of the modern day buyer. Subaru has introduced a raft of new technologies into its cars and its famed quality and fortitude remains resolute within the new XV.
3 Reasons Why Subaru XV 2.0i-S ES is a #CarsAwards Premium Hatchback Finalist
1. The comfortable entertainer
Subaru has majorly overhauled its new XV and the in-car specification is outstanding. With an updated infotainment screen that’s fully compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Subaru has caught up with the major players. USB and Aux ports are standard and navigation is built into the 8-inch touchscreen system. Dual zone climate control and leather trim all-round are also standard fare in the XV.
2. Spacious crossover appeal
The XV is part hatchback part crossover, so the added benefit of a bit of dirt road ability is nice to have. There’s also an X-Mode if you want to descend a difficult hill. The boot is a little on the small side at 310-litres, but the rear seats fold flat offering a flat loading bay with 1 220-litres of space. The long wheelbase of 2 665 mm allows for excellent passenger room and rear legroom is good for a hatchback.
3. The safe bet
The trump card of the XV lies in the safety systems that come standard in this ES model. Subaru Eyesight includes features such as adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, high beam assist, blind spot detection and whiplash-reducing seats. In addition to these features, the XV is equipped with 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist and electronic stability control.
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