Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

THE most ob­vi­ous fail­ing of the Nis­san Qashqai and sim­i­lar SUVS is that they are barely any bet­ter off road than a reg­u­lar hatch­back. There’s no such dan­ger with the Subaru XV, a small SUV that is ca­pa­ble when the go­ing gets tough, thanks to its all-wheel-drive sys­tem.

Sadly, you pay for this abil­ity be­cause prices are high com­pared with front-wheel-drive ri­vals’. It’s an is­sue that be­comes even more prob­lem­atic when you fac­tor in the XV’S cheap in­te­rior and un­set­tled ride. Price range: £22,495-£27,495 Our pick: 2.0D SE (£24,495) En­gine: 2.0-litre 4cyl diesel, 148bhp Trans­mis­sion: 6-spd man­ual, per­ma­nent 4x4 Top speed: 123mph Econ­omy: 52.3mpg CO2: 141g/km

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