So you’ve heard about the wineries and forests of Margaret River. You’ve heard there are some great wine tours, some stunning caves, and of course, a dreamy holiday villa with your name on it. The allure of a family getaway has never been so great, with local holiday resorts and beaches being filled with eager holiday makers egging on the warmer weather. There has never been a better time to explore this beautiful State.
You may have also heard that there’s a hot new crossover in town. A car that instinctively pulls you beyond your GPS destination – one that will take you off the beaten track and surprise you with exclusive beaches, lush forests, and hidden campsites. The new Subaru XV has been stealing the hearts of those who crave the taste of salt spray through an open window as you cruise along the coast, the last signs of habitation fading away in the rear mirror.
What makes the new Subaru XV really worth the hype, is it’s all rounder capability. Yes, that drive south is on the cards, but the daily commute and smart city driving is also part of this car’s DNA. Before you pack your bags, let’s see why this hot crossover is turning heads.
Good looks come with age…and a few facelifts
While the XV as we know it today was technically introduced in 2012, it’s predecessors date back as far as the 1996 Impreza Outback Sport. From the get go, this car was a trend-setter. The modern XV became a bestseller from the moment it hit the stage at the New York Auto Show in 2012. Its early iterations reflected the new demand for a compact SUV. A car that could make everything easier: delivering the kids to school and the parents to work. But most importantly: the outback holiday with beach driving, dusty dirt tracks, and steep inclines was now available to everyone.
The XV speaks for itself with a rugged, yet smart design. It has cultivated a name for itself as a car that ticks off comfort, drivability, and usefulness in any setting. As the idea and personality of the car shifted, it became roomier, higher, and more rugged. Age has been especially kind to the XV, it just gets better with time.
Balance doesn’t mean compromise
One of the key strengths of the XV is its city driving capability that’s balanced neatly with its rugged, adventurous spirit. With the power of the Impreza, and the ground clearance of a Forester, the XV has claimed a strong lead over its competition in the crossover department. With a 2.5-litre Direct-Injection Subaru Boxer Engine, it entices with gutsy off-road thrills and city driving expertise.
The XV Crossover comes with a range of tried and tested Subaru standards such as CVT or (lineartronic) transmission, and All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The car sports a range of safety and tech features that make driving a breeze. The XV feels balanced too, at the wheel there’s enough power to push the envelope in the overtaking lane, while the handling feels sturdy and smooth.
As with any good crossover, the XV’s unique build fits perfectly into tight underground parking lots, while packing for your holiday is never an issue with a hefty 345 Litres of boot space. A relatively spacious cabin is a relief as you step in, as the exterior gives an impression of compactness. What is striking about the XV, is the uncompromising attention to detail, an extraordinary ability to master the city streets while remaining the country road expert.
Subaru XV: the sensible car
Safety is a major priority with the new XV and Subaru EyeSight technology is top of its class. With a suite of modern Driver Assistance tech at the ready, the XV brings the goods. Vision Assist, a rear reverse camera, and ‘vehicle dynamics control’ are some of the safety comforts this vehicle offers. The tech isn’t just there in case of an accident; it actually works to keep your car safe from minor scratches, improve the driving experience by reducing stress, and improve overall handling. For those wanting their new car to be smart, good-looking, and responsible, you must test drive the Subaru XV.
In pursuit of adventure
There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the XV is built for adventure. Not only does it look the part, but throw in the classic Subaru essentials such as X mode and the brilliant Subaru AWD capability, there’s no turning away from the unbeaten track. With extra grip and intelligent software delivering engine torque to individual wheels, the Subaru XV is primed for steep slopes, winding gravel roads, and slippery tracks. While hitting that X-Mode button means business, it won’t be the only thing between you and a hard place. Subaru’s standard AWD system is always working in the background keeping the XV steady no matter what. With some pretty smart tricks to keep you stable, AWD isn’t just about balance, it’s also about being quicker off the mark. Superior grip when overtaking and accelerating isn’t just safer but can be done faster and more effectively. No more getting stuck behind an exhaustingly slow road-train, the open road is yours to enjoy at the wheel.
So – where to next?
Booking your next holiday may look a little different this year. However, with endless vacation opportunities on Western Australia’s doorstep, choosing your next getaway may actually prove easier than you think. Choosing the right car for the job is also much easier with the all-new Subaru XV delivering on quality and trustworthiness wherever it goes. Booking a test drive is simple. It doesn’t take long to get the feel for an XV, as intuitive as they get, this car is ready to become part of your next adventure.