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My wife bought the XV Sport spec primarily because she wanted a higher seating vehicle which is not too big as the regular C-RVs or CX-5s of the world. The fact that the big discount which comfortably covered the down-payment was a major factor in getting the XV Sport over the Mitsubishi ASX, which incidentally is much smaller in all aspects. The Hyundai Tucson was considered but was significantly more expensive to get, plus my wife wanted a unique car which is not so common on our roads.
On to the vehicle attributes. No surpise that as a Subaru, the car handles excellently well with its fantastic AWD, and to our surprise we thought the fuel economy would be hampered by it but after a month and its first service we found that the 60 litre fuel tank could take us to more than 650lm-700km with our regular driving! The standard 17in alloys are a great design and works well on a black XV Sport, the colour we chose.The 2.0 boxer engine sounds macho and we like its sound. The kit is quite good as you get leather seats, Kenwood touchscreen DVD with Bluetooth, Garmin navigation, radio with steering wheel controls. In addition you also get cruise control to relax on highway drives and to avoid listing summons collection as a hobby. On our XV Sport spec, we get additions in the form of factory fitted LED DRLs, Roof Spoiler, Sports Grille, Security Tint and Rear Bumper Scratch Guard. Roof racks are convenient for us to add a Thule roof box. Safety is well taken care of with ESP as standard. Interior passenger space is generous and not an issue for mom, dad and kid.
The after sales package includes 5-year/100,000km free labour service (just pay for parts)
Since we got this a few heads have been turned and people always compliment my wife as they feel Subaru is a premium brand and think we paid close to RM200k for it. She smiled and kept mum.
The Kenwood HU has terrible radio reception. No idea why. Made worse by the steering wheel selector which is programmed for seeking FM frequency instead of switching preset radio stations, which is a stupid move by Subaru. While we appreciate the engine's sound, we also hear a fair bit from the tyres and outside noise thus we would prefer more soundproofing. Being based on the jacked-up C-segment Impreza hatchback which is not sold in our market, this results in an almost awkward long hood short boot profile, the cargo space at the rear is compromised and is quite small, made worse by Subaru putting in a full-sized spare tyre.
Being a modern 2012 debut vehicle, it is unforgivable for Subaru to equip the car with just non-premium looking halogen headlights and simple rear brake bulbs. Is having projector headlights and LED taillights too costly to bring to us? Airbag count is at 3 (including driver's knee), not enough when competition has 6 or more. Come on lah Subaru...
Make the car more premium with LED head and tail lights with LED DRLs, better soundproofing, revised meter designs, more airbags, better HU system, availability of sunroof/moonroof. Next-gen should get bigger and offer more interior room, especially at the boot. Maintain value-for-money proposition against the competition.
I think this car is rated a little lower than how it should be. If I were to rate this car, i would give this car a 3 1/2 star rating.
First of all, before i bought this car i test drove a lot of suv in the same class, i test drove the 2013 Kia Sportage, 2013 Mitsubishi ASX, 2013 Mazda CX5 and 2013 Hyundai Tucson and none of these car could give the driving pleasure as the Subaru XV.
First of all the sleek unique exterior design and aerodynamic thus the centre gravity for this car is quite low. And u gotta love the unique stock 17" Sports Rims that comes with the car,
Interiorly is very spaces, more than the Kia Sportage and the Mitsubishi ASX, easy for passengers to come in and out of the car. The back passenger seats are slightly inclined for more comfort which my dad really loves when he rode with me, plus the leather seat making it a luxury feel to the car. All the controls are within reach by the driver and the Kenwood touch screen media player is just good enough to get u entertained, the Sat Nav and Reverse camera really helps out. The cabin finish feels good too.
The driving, I must say, I really enjoy it. The Symmetrical All-Wheel System just feel good when driving down the Karak highway, you can feel the grip when entering sharps corners and the car does not understeer or oversteer at high speed. I really enjoy them when I come back to KL from Temerloh.
The fuel consumption for this car is amazing, on a full Tank (60 litters) I do about 750-800km on mix urban and extra urban drive. My drives from Temerloh to KL and return, i only use about RM40 of petrol and I seriously not kidding, i can show you receipts. Haha.
All in all is a car worth buying for a newly family guy where u get space and a thrilling adrenaline rush for those who just enjoys driving.
The are a few things that lacks in this car is like feature like Push-Start, Keyless entry, Automatic Headlamps and Windscreen wipers. Lacking of LED day time light to give a much sportier looks and also Projector headlamps.
Rear air-conditioning is also essential for this car since it has a spacious back passenger seats.
In the performance side, the engine is quite noisy when you rev the engine, or around 3000-4500 RPM to get that power. An additional of turbo like the Impreza would be nice to but it definitely compromised the fuel consumption.
But despite the Cons, its still a worth-buying car
Other than what i stated in my Cons list which i can live without, I think this car does not need any improvement, it is well equipped and worth for the price offered.
Yes, I would recommend this car
Date Reviewed 22 May 2014
Ride & Handling
Bought new, Owned for 1 Year
RON95, Mileage: 2,000 km/month
Bought an XV since July 13 and its been absolute blast to drive. Have traveled down south to Singapore, up Gentings and to Penang a few times. Subaru's AWD handles very well on wet and twisty roads...feels I'm driving a car instead of a tall SUV.
Interior is a bit boring but functions well. Cabin is spacious but results in very small boot and is not suitable if you have young family, won't have any space left once you put a baby stroller in!
Maybe put a space saver spare to save some precious boot space
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