Autocar - - FIRST DRIVES -

Price £28,495 On sale Fe­bru­ary What’s new? All-new model en­hances ap­peal with new safety fea­tures and cabin tech The new XV mixes the rugged of­froad ca­pa­bil­i­ties of its pre­de­ces­sor with a more pol­ished over­all fin­ish. It gets a host of ad­vanced safety tech and a more pre­mium-look­ing in­te­rior while keep­ing the old XV’S 220mm ground clear­ance and sym­met­ri­cal all-wheel drive.

No car in this class is more ca­pa­ble or easy to drive off-road. It also rides nicely on the road, al­though driver en­joy­ment is some­what ham­pered by the car’s 154bhp nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 2.0-litre boxer en­gine and CVT gear­box.

That’s be­cause, com­pared with punchier ri­vals, the XV’S en­gine needs to be wound up far more be­fore of­fer­ing its best per­for­mance. SS

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