2014 Subaru XV | new car review

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 by
2014 Subaru XV
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AEDAED 80,000 - 93,000
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  • Exterior
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  • Performance
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Review Summary:

The XV is a lot more complicated than you’d think it is. In markets where the previous Impreza has been phased out, the XV has rightly replaced it, but the UAE is a little different, because we still see both models side by side on the showroom floor.


Design of the dashboard is simple yet pleasing.


The Subaru XV is like a Jack of all trades, master of none.


The 2014 Subaru XV looks as complicated as it set out to be. Challenging the dimensional norms of hacthbacks, compact crossovers and MPV’s, the XV takes a little inspiration from each and combines them all into something that is best described as a mess.

2014 Subaru XV front


There’s nothing very special about the interior, it’s all very simple, but nice. Although the materials aren’t of the highest standard, the layout is unintrusive and flows neatly along the dashboard and centre console. Due to its slightly out of the ordinary dimensions, seating up to four individuals is possible, anything more than that, however, is at your own risk.

2014 Subaru XV interior


Equipped with Subaru’s Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (DC3), all the components of the XV are designed to work in harmony, enhancing the handling of the Japanese hatch. Employing high-tensile steel and a rigid body structure to improve steering feel and reduce engine vibrations, the 2014 Subaru XV is quite advanced for its class.

2014 Subaru XV front

On offer

Irrespective of the grade you opt for, a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder engine that is good for 150 horsepower and 196 Nm of torque is what you will receive. Mated to a CVT transmission, the XV transmits power to the road through a Symmetrical All Wheel Drive layout and completes a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in a matter of just 10.5 seconds.

2014 Subaru XV side


It’s got the design of a crossover, the form of an MPV and the size of a hatchback, clearly, it isn’t very normal. If the XV is just too hip for you, standard hatchbacks such as the Nissan Tiida are available, but obviously you’re looking for something exciting, so why not consider the Kia Soul? It’s just as complex and will save you a whopping AED 30,000!

2014 Subaru XV rear

One Response to 2014 Subaru XV | new car review

  1. Vipin Reply

    July 8, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Struggling service in Abu dhabi. Compared to other brands its not good.

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