subaru\s got the x factor
Last Updated : GMT 04:22:31
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Subaru\'s got the X factor

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Subaru\'s got the X factor

London - Arabstoday

When you\'ve built your brand on the toughness element of your vehicles, adapting to market trends and offering a ‘soft-roader\' option is always going to be a challenge. The upside is the chance of attracting new buyers, but at the same time you\'ve got to be careful not to alienate loyal followers. Spare a thought for Subaru, then, as it rolls out its XV. Its rakish profile and low-slung appearance give the impression that it should be viewed alongside the likes of Nissan\'s popular Qashqai, Kia\'s Sportage and BMW\'s X1. But an XV wouldn\'t be a Subaru if it didn\'t come with a full-blown all-wheel drive system to keep longtime fans happy. It\'s a tough gig, but Subaru is keen to surprise a few people with a car that satisfies both camps. Keen to move on from a past dominated by turbo-powered Imprezas and rallying successes, recent years have seen Subaru attempt to boost its family-friendly line-up of 4x4s and sturdy estate cars. Transforming the once low- profile Forester into a rugged SUV has helped matters, and now the XV has been positioned beneath it to steal some of the lifestyle market. At one level the difference between the two cars is a simple one; the Forester boasts a proper low-range gearbox for added versatility and the XV doesn\'t. But far from being the soft option, the XV\'s transmission is the genuine article and easily trumps its softer rivals despite the absence of a low-range mode. While customers in Europe get to choose from two petrol engines and a diesel unit, the XV will be sold here only with a 2.0-litre petrol packing 150 horses and 196Nm of torque. It\'s also surprisingly frugal despite the inclusion of all-wheel drive. The XV\'s cabin is another pleasantsurprise; with its generous levels of occupant space fore and aft it\'s a genuine family holdall. Cabin quality, often a sticking point of past Subarus, is much improved and there\'s no doubting its durable nature — an ideal quality when you\'re talking about a family-friendly SUV. Simple controls and easy-to-read displays complete the XV\'s understated cabin. If you think the XV\'s interior is too modest to compete with the bold and brash examples of its rivals, you\'re forgetting the real reason why the chunky Subaru exists. And in this context, the XV is comfortably ahead of the competition. Granted, plusher rivals are happy to focus more on image but this Subaru comes with a brand heritage that\'s focused more on doing stuff rather than being seen posing on the high street. To that end the XV\'s permanent all-wheel drive system allows you to take more liberties than you could with any comparable soft-roader. Factor in Subaru\'s clever traction and stability electronics and the only limiting factor is, predictably, the car\'s ground clearance. It\'s also no surprise that the XV\'s engine is happy to haul you up and down all day long without complaint. Thanks to its ample reserves of torque it\'s also capable of trundling around town and piling on the highway mileage with barely a murmur. OK, so not every XV buyer is going to want to scale mountains at the weekends, but there\'s a lot to be said for the car\'s go (almost) anywhere abilities, decent ground clearance, accommodating cabin and refined road manners to convince families of its potential as an activity wagon. That it\'s just as adept at towing is a bonus. The XV\'s combination of decent looks and ability along with the promise of enhanced aftersales support are compelling factors in what is a fiercely competitive market. In truth, the XV is more of a lifestyle choice than those so-called ‘lifestyle\' soft-roaders.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

subaru\s got the x factor subaru\s got the x factor

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

subaru\s got the x factor subaru\s got the x factor

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian woman reveals her project

GMT 00:46 2017 Saturday ,11 November

Jordanian woman reveals her project
Arab Today, arab today Japanese regulators raid Airbnb

GMT 00:44 2017 Monday ,20 November

Japanese regulators raid Airbnb
Arab Today, arab today Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings

GMT 11:14 2017 Friday ,10 November

Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings
Arab Today, arab today Saudi, Bahrain target Iran

GMT 00:48 2017 Monday ,20 November

Saudi, Bahrain target Iran
Arab Today, arab today Europe turns on Facebook, Google

GMT 02:26 2017 Monday ,20 November

Europe turns on Facebook, Google
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Australian academic's book pulled

GMT 15:20 2017 Monday ,13 November

Australian academic's book pulled
Arab Today, arab today May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit

GMT 02:14 2017 Saturday ,18 November

May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit
Arab Today, arab today Delhi half-marathon to go ahead

GMT 03:51 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Driverless, electric future just round

GMT 02:45 2017 Monday ,20 November

Driverless, electric future just round
Arab Today, arab today Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck

GMT 02:59 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck
Arab Today, arab today Mona Abdel Ghany increased artistic activities

GMT 12:15 2017 Friday ,17 November

Mona Abdel Ghany increased artistic activities
Arab Today, arab today paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 16:04 2017 Friday ,17 November

paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 12:22 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Hanan Metawe denies apology for “Major Treason”

GMT 11:15 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Angola oil boss sacked by father's protege

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 11:38 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Unloved vultures fight for their survival

GMT 11:49 2017 Thursday ,17 August

Egyptian artist presents new collection of designs

GMT 02:28 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Anti-drug operation nets 4 tonnes

GMT 01:34 2017 Friday ,17 November

Banyan Tree Phuket Takes Festive Season

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday