The XV is one of the firsts in a new generation of crossovers that answers the market's increasing demand for practical functionality, fashionable stylishness, and better fuel economy. By sporting a new generation 2.0L DOHC long stroke boxer engine with an optimized intake manifold design and active valve control, it provides generous amounts of torque across the entire rpm rage, particularly at low engine speeds for fast acceleration. The latest FB20 under its hood produces 148 hp and 196 Nm of torque, and when mated to a 6-speed Lineartronic transmission (Subaru's version of a CVT) delivers outstanding fuel economy of as much as 16km/L on the highway, as we've found out in a short test.
One big safety feature included in the XV is its “break away engine” design that forces the block away from the passenger cell in the event of a collision to increase safety. When combined with what Subaru calls a “ring shaped reinforced frame” and seven airbags positioned throughout the cabin, the design allows the XV as one of the very few crossovers to earn a 5-star Euro NCAP rating - a testament to how high the bar is raised.
In what is technically a jacked-up 2013 Impreza, stylishness is well-abundant as the exterior sports a functional and fashionable look that suits the increasingly active lifestyle of the urban dweller; much like a modern cross trainer that's as stylish in the workplace as it is functional during a workout. And equipped with roof rails for additional gear and cargo, it's definitely ready for the road less traveled. The passenger compartment also provides comfortable and spacious seating for five occupants or some flexible load carrying capability in lieu of extra occupants.
The bar has definitely been set high with the all-new 2012 Subaru XV. The only questions that remain are how long is the wait, what color do you want, and which among the two variants priced at an introductory P1,288,000 and P1,398,000 will you choose?