The new generation XV on show at Subaru Centurion, has an incredibly distinct look that identifies its crossover nature, tapping into both the 5-door hatchback body and the original SUV package that Subaru offers. Having been generally overhauled – from its engine to the new Subaru global platform on which the body rests – this vehicle comes jam-packed with class-leading safety features, a brand-new touchscreen infotainment system, all the while maintaining practicality.

Although this vehicle has kept its SUV-like ground clearance, the lowered centre of mass in this design means that it provides better handling and a more pleasant drive due to improved aerodynamics. Coupled with a lengthened wheel base, the XV now boasts more leg room in the back, as well as a spacious 310 litre boot that can be maximised by folding the back seats down. Subaru capitalises on the adaptable persona of this vehicle by highlighting the standard roof rails with a roof mounted spoiler, and accentuating the cheeky new image of the vehicle with unique and eye-catching rims.

Interior specs are impressive, starting with a multifunction steering wheel that provides all access operations to the likes of audio, Bluetooth and cruise control. The multi-mode trip computer provides the driver with real time information on the car’s performance. A 6- or 8-inch touchscreen display (depending on variant) provides access to audio, satellite navigation, and hands-free operation of your cell phone in a user-friendly way, through both Apple and Android operating systems and tapping into the Siri Eyes Free voice recognition program.

Anti-theft security encrypted access means keyless entering of the vehicle and further to the theme of convenience, starts at the push of a button. A reverse camera (and in some variants, Reverse Automatic Braking), electric sunroof, LED steering responsive headlights and automatic rain sensing wipers come standard.

Adding to the already great electronic safety system (which includes ABS, Vehicle Dynamics Control, and EBD), the new Subaru XV displays award-winning safety features not limited to 7 airbags and the Subaru signature ring-shaped reinforcement of the body. It’s collapsible drivetrain, strategic chassis reinforcement and crumple zones have earned it – and the entire vehicle range – safety accolades ranging from Euro NCAP and ANCAP mentions, to IIHS’s Top Safety Pick award worldwide. The team at Subaru Centurion are most capable to explain these proudly earned awards.

Subaru’s Eyesight Driver Assist system features in top-range variants of this vehicle, and serves to monitor traffic movements through it’s set of dual colour cameras. Processing information gathered, this system optimises cruise control and warns the driver if they stray from their lane; the pre-collision braking feature even allows this smart system to apply full brake-force in emergency situations or automatically brake when in reverse and an obstacle is detected.

The full catalogue of features for this vehicle are as impressive as they are advanced; the XV should prove to be a smooth, comfortable drive, with added potential for adventure and excitement. Subaru Centurion have graciously afforded the opportunity of a test drive, and proved to be both knowledgeable and passionate about the vehicles on their floor.

Desh Bechan