Subaru XV does not look very interesting, but it is a good compact off-roader with full-time four-wheel drive and good ground clearance.
For the 2014 model year, the XV has received a number of upgrades, that bring improvements to refinement, ride, handling, safety and cabin quality.
The biggest update is found in petrol-engine models, with 2.0 litre models receiving suspension modifications to improve ride quality and a range of new valve-train components that reduce engine noise.
Across the range is additional sound-proofing in the bulkhead to further insulate the cabin from engine noise.
Other updates include revised electronic power steering system, while new inflating dynamic damper system reduces steering wheel and column vibration.
For added safety, there is a thicker, reshaped front suspension lower-arm and reinforcements around the base of the A-pillar.
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and instrument cluster Gear Shift Indicator have been added as standard to every model in the range.
Interior updates are minor and include silver surrounds for the steering wheel buttons and heater controls, and new gloss-black switches to control the car’s air-conditioning system.
In UK, the XV is offered with 2.0i petrol and 2.0 diesel, in either SE or SE Premium trim, with diesel delivering an average fuel economy of 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 146g/km.
Prices start from £21,995 on-the-road fro the 2.0i SE.