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Subaru XV 2.0i-S (2012)

by Barry Green,reviewed June 2012

If comprehensive safety and standard equipment levels, along with an accommodating, every day drive is what you’re after, then check out Subaru’s new all-wheel drive crossover SUV, the XV.
Our top-of-the-range 2.0i-S fairly bristled with gear and proved comfortable behind the wheel or as a passenger. However, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine (not helped by tallish gearing in the standard, six-speed manual gearbox - a CVT is optional) struggled uphill and when the going got tough. Fitted with fuel and emission-saving stop/start technology, the manual XV has an ADR combined cycle fuel economy of 7.0 litres/100 km, though our week-long test returned 8.5. Cargo space is not as generous as some in the compact SUV segment.
Subaru XV 2.0i-S 2012


Value for money, ride quality


Lacks torque, limited boot space

Key features

17” alloys, hill start assist, auto stop/start, eight-way powered driver’s seat, leather trim, dual-zone climate-control airconditioning, sunroof, CD with bluetooth and USB, height/reach steering, immobiliser


DFSC and driver’s knee airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, ESC, TC, reversing camera

Car Details

Vehicle make Subaru
Vehicle model XV 2.0i-S
Vehicle type SUV Under $40,000
Year 2012
Price when new $34,490 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 2.0-litre, horiz-opposed, 4-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.