Subaru XV SUV - Practicality & boot space
Lots of room for rear seat passengers and a big boot, too
Not only can the XV get you where you need to go, it also has a spacious interior and is very easy to see out of. There are lots of generous storage spaces dotted around inside, but the boot itself is smaller than some rivals.
Subaru XV interior space & storage
Getting in and out of the XV is easy thanks to wide-opening doors and a raised seating position, so you don’t have to drop down into the seat or climb back out. The raised roofline provides lots of headroom and expansive side windows with thin door pillars make for a light-filled interior. This is also advantageous to the driver, because all-round visibility is excellent.
There are useful cubbyholes dotted around the XV, along with a glovebox and door bins generous enough in size to hold large bottles with ease. Following the switch to an electronic handbrake, designers have been able to use the extra space to put the central cup-holders next to each other.
On paper, the 385-litre boot of the XV looks disappointing next to some SUV rivals; the Skoda Kodiaq offers an extra 135 litres by comparison. However, it is a practical shape, and the large hatchback and low loading lip serve to make the space it has as useful as possible, with 1,270 litres available when the rear seats are folded.
Opt for the Subaru XV e-Boxer, though, and the available boot space is reduced to 340 litres with the rear seats in upright, due to the small battery pack stored under the floor. With the rear seats folded this increases to 1,173 litres of available space.