Up to eight displays can be personalised to show a range of useful information and can even send you a happy birthday message
There are screens in the centre of the instruments, in the centre stack and a third on the dashboard.
The larger multifunction display has up to eight displays, which can be personalised to show a range of useful information and can even send you a happy birthday message.
The upgraded audio has USB, MP3 and iphone connectivity and there is a new satnav system with voice control, and predictive text when entering an address. It will even read out your text messages. DESIGN: The XV is based on the new Impreza due next month with a 25mm longer wheelbase, better aerodynamics, a slightly fastback look, sharper headlights and a reserved attitude to style.
No pompous macho posing here. The guards aren’t flared and there are few chunky bits. Perhaps that is due to the high proportion of female buyers Subaru is hoping to attract.
The XV has the same high ground clearance as the Forester but a lower body height than most compact SUVS for a rakish, sporty crossover look.
The longer wheelbase translates to greater interior legroom with scalloped backs to the front seats providing more rear knee room. Rear passengers will also welcome the move from anchoring the centre lap-sash in the ceiling to the C pillar.
Child seat tether anchor points are now integrated into the back of the seats, not the cargo floor.
Head room remains limited, especially in models with a sunroof. The doors are light and a little flimsy, but they open out very wide for easy access.
The boot is flat with a low- loading lip and flat-folding rear seats. Cargo space is limited because the floor is raised to accommodate a space-saver spare tyre.
There are nine exterior colours, including the tan- gerine hero colour from the TV ad featuring Russell Morris’s iconic rock anthem, The Real Thing. SAFETY: Subaru regains its record for five-star ANCAP safety ratings with the XV, which has seven airbags, including full-length curtain airbags and a kneebag for the driver.
It also comes with a reversing camera as standard, AWD and a brake override system that is biased to the brakes if the driver hits the brake pedal and accelerator at the same time.
Driver vision is improved not only by a slimmer A pillar, but also higher front seats and 20 per cent bigger sing mirrors.