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Subaru XV SUV - Reliability & safety

A good reliability track record for Subaru and new safety technology should help improve the XV’s chances of success

Carbuyer Rating

3.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.7 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

It looks similar to the old one, but Subaru has designed the latest XV from the ground up and boosted its impact absorbing abilities by a claimed 40%. To help prevent a collision in the first place, lots of advanced safety features have also been added.

Subaru XV reliability

While the XV didn't feature individually, Subaru itself was ranked in fourth place out of 27 manufacturers in our 2017 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. This is an impressive achievement and the brand even topped some categories, with wins for practicality and the ride and handling of its vehicles.


Not only has Subaru made the XV’s structure much tougher by changing its design and using strengthened steel in key areas, but it has given safety kit a significant boost.

Subaru’s EyeSight package includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and autonomous emergency braking, which relies on sensors mounted around the front of the car. The XV can also feature auto-dipping headlights and sensors to alert you to vehicles in your blind spot on the motorway or nearby when you’re reversing. Autonomous emergency braking and active cruise control are standard, too.

The XV was awarded the highest score on record by its Japanese crash-test experts JNCAP, and now Europe’s equivalent has given the XV its full five stars. It’s good news for motorists, and the Subaru scored well across the board in Euro NCAP’s tests, with scores of 94%, 89% and 84% for adult occupant, child occupant and pedestrian safety respectively.

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