Subaru XV vs ri­vals

Can new Subaru and Mit­subishi SUVS hold back all-con­quer­ing Skoda?

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Ca Can re­vised cross­over see off Mit­subishi and Skoda?

COM­PE­TI­TION be­tween main­stream man­u­fac­tur­ers is be­com­ing ever tighter as more and more mak­ers join the SUV fray. And Subaru is aim­ing for a slice of the ac­tion with its up­dated XV fam­ily 4x4.

The new­comer boasts more power and prac­ti­cal­ity than be­fore, with im­proved qual­ity and re­fine­ment to boot. Th­ese are key at­tributes in a mar­ket where it seems firms need a fam­ily 4x4 in their line-up if they want to gen­uinely vie for sales.

But the XV isn’t the only new Ja­panese con­tender on the SUV block. Mit­subishi has also re­cently launched the Eclipse Cross, and while this car doesn’t ac­tu­ally re­place the old ASX, it makes a lot more sense for fam­i­lies. With a more mod­ern de­sign, a new petrol pow­er­train and plenty of prac­ti­cal­ity, the Eclipse Cross is aim­ing to steal some sales from big play­ers in this sec­tor.

How­ever, if ei­ther model wants to suc­ceed in this mar­ket, it will have to com­pete with the class-lead­ing Skoda Karoq. We know how ap­peal­ing the Czech car’s blend of style, kit, fuel ef­fi­ciency, per­for­mance and prac­ti­cal­ity is. Can the Subaru and Mit­subishi sur­pass this in­cred­i­bly well-balanced SUV?

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