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Subaru XV SUV - Interior & comfort

There’s still room for improvement, but interior materials and equipment have got better

Carbuyer Rating

3.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.7 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.0 out of 5

Subaru isn’t renowned for its interior design and despite the XV getting a more stylish exterior, the inside still prioritises practicality and function over aesthetics. The previous version was quite firm-riding and the latest model is a definite improvement – although still far from luxurious.

Subaru XV dashboard

While the gauges still look familiar, there are more soft-touch materials and high-gloss pieces of trim to improve the overall ambiance. The dashboard is still nowhere near as plush as you’ll find in the Skoda Kodiaq or fabric-trimmed Peugeot 3008, but fans of sturdy, functional layouts are likely to get on with the XV’s no-nonsense approach.

Smartphone fans are also likely to rejoice that the eight-inch infotainment screen now supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so you don’t have to worry that the Subaru infotainment system will be out of date in a few years’ time. But compared to the system in the Kodiaq, the Subaru’s graphics already look behind the times.

Equipment

Buyers can choose between the entry-level SE model or SE Premium. The SE features Eyesight, keyless entry, an eight-inch touchscreen, LED headlights and 18-inch alloys, while SE Premium adds sat-nav, electric leather seats and a sunroof.

Subaru has fitted enhanced seats to offer more support while driving, as well as the aforementioned eight-inch infotainment system and orange stitching on the instrument panel for a sportier look. The centre display also facilitates a standard reversing camera.

Options

As with many Japanese brands, Subaru doesn’t tend to offer long options lists, instead expecting customers to choose the trim level that suits them best. Plenty of dealer-fit accessories are expected, though, including a tow hitch, roof racks, bike carriers and gear for dog lovers.

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