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Drive of your life this week…


the new Subaru XV 2.0 litre SE

What is it? One of the best looking five doors, five seater crossovers seen on the UK roads to date. A crossover vehicle is basically an all-wheel vehicle coupled with loads of creature comforts.

Who would want one? Any upbeat adventurous yummy mummy who likes the rough with the smooth as this crossover delivers a comfortable ride yet able to conquer rugged terrain, ice and snow whenever required.

The exhilarating thrill: is not only taking 10.5 seconds to race up to 62 mph and a top speed of 116 mph but the engineering under the bonnet of the all wheel drive system meaning the weight is distributed equally to each of the four wheels to give precision ride and handling that ensures yummy mummy is in a very safe place.

Wow factors to make the neighbours go green: is the gorgeous design of this crossover that disguises the fact it can be chucked onto any road surface and come up smiling. The long bonnet sees two lovely protruding light clusters sweeping down to meet the colour coded bumper with integrated fog lights and large honeycombed grille. To profile it looks very much like a Lexus with tinted glass, pretty petal alloy wheels, practical roof rails and body creases. Round to the rear is a colour code roof spoiler, tinted rear window, protruding light clusters and a colour coded bumper with black insets for the fog lights.

On the other hand…were the rather uncomfortable seats that despite being heated, could do with a huge dollop of lumber support to prevent yummy mummy wasting valuable time at the chiropractor instead of driving this otherwise lovely car.

Where would the sunglasses fit? Not in their own sunglasses holder that is a surprise, as being a practical family car, one would expect a practical sunglasses holder too. So try the dual cup holders, the deep concealed binnacle in the centre console or possibly the glove box.

Will it take the shopping? Oh a resounding yes here 380 litres of space behind the rear seats but for extra shopping space, drop down the rear seats and try filling 1270 litres of space.

Helping hands make light work thanks to electric power assisted rack and pinion  steering, electric windows and electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors.  The leather steering wheel is height adjustable, the wipers are rain sensing, the lights are dusk sensing and the rear view mirror is auto dimming.

Creature Comforts to luxuriate in are lovely cosy electrically heated but manually adjustable leather front seats albeit saggy, dual zone air conditioning, cruise control, a CD player with six speakers and a handy rear view camera to tackle the perilous parking bays. Finally all the information is displayed on an advanced colour multi-function display that includes Bluetooth and USB/iPod connectivity.

Its most annoying feature: is the fact the car steams up really quickly most apparent with all the rain GB has endured and while the demisters are really really quick at demisting the front and side windows, one has to endure a chilling blast of cold air in the process.

The quirkiest accessory: is the rear view camera that guides you in beautifully into the parking bays without any annoying beepers to distract you.

Avoiding the costly repair shop is thanks to Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control that ensures this crossover stays firmly on the tarmac and not venturing off piste with a host of clever technical engineering systems including a 4-chanel ABS with EBD.  There is also a safety pedal system; brake assist system, brake override and hill start assist.

Keeping your precious cargo safe:  are driver and front passenger airbags as well as curtain, side and knee airbags. The front seats are whiplash reducing, all the seatbelts are height adjustable and the two outer rear seats have Isofix mountings with the rear doors have childproof locks.

Avoiding it being nicked is a remote control key system, along with a Thatcham 1 category alarm complete with an immobiliser.

Star rating: 4.5/5 due to the lack of back support on the driver’s seat that is so needed.

Consider: possibly the entry level but then on this SE version, you get the creature comforts a yummy mummy deserves.

Web link: http://www.subaru.co.uk/

Jackie Violet
Motoring Correspondent 

At a Glance
Test Model: Subaru XV 2.0 litre SE
RRP: £24,295
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-62mph: 10.5 seconds
Top speed: 116 mph
Combined Fuel: 40.9 mpg
CO2 emissions: 160 g/km
Horsepower: 150 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 196 Nm @ 4200

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