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[YesAuto in-depth experience] In the past few years, when a Crossover style model has begun to appear in the domestic auto market, everyone is still holding a wait-and-see attitude. Today, the crossover models are still niche models, but more and more young people are beginning to have a good impression of this kind of personality models full of mix and match styles, and automakers also regard it as another after the SUV. A piece of cake, one after another launched their own crossover models. This is the case with the Subaru XV we are experiencing today. It is the third crossover model launched after the old Forester and Outback. As the current Forester has switched to SUV models, perhaps in order to make up for the lack of product grades after the Forester left, Subaru decided to launch a new compact crossover car, so Subaru XV was born.

The Subaru XV we experienced today is a 2012 2.0 luxury version priced at 224,800 yuan. The difference between it and the flagship model is that it lacks a multimedia system with DVD and navigation. As the second top model, what are its configurations, its workmanship and space performance, and its advantages and disadvantages. Please join us to experience this distinctive crossover car.

● Appearance experience

Subaru XV is a model derived from the Impreza. Most of its shape is still very similar to the new Impreza, but the lines are sharper, the styling style is tougher, and the taller body and black surroundings surround it. , The decoration of the luggage rack not only makes it full of personality, but also quite cross-border.

As a crossover model with a price range of RMB 190,000 to RMB 240,000, there are still quite a few potential competitors, including the popular domestic Dongfeng Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Tiguan. In terms of size, although Subaru XV does not have an advantage in body length, width and height data, especially the body height of 1615mm, it is basically at the bottom of many SUV models. Fortunately, its wheelbase size is not bad, reaching 2635mm. , This can be longer than the wheelbase of the Forester and Honda CR-V, which is a circle larger than it, and it seems that the internal space should not be too bad.

For the front, Subaru XV adopts the latest family-style front face design, especially the chrome-plated middle net looks very close to Legacy and Outback, but it is uncomfortable that the high-end xenon models are not equipped with headlight lenses. After all, the current lens It has been widely used in domestic independent and joint venture brands, and its competitors have all lensed upper bodies. It seems that Subaru's pace is a bit slow this time.

As a Cross model, the side design of the Subaru XV can be described as showing its cross-border nature. Classic cross-border style elements such as luggage rack, two-tone rearview mirror and black plastic wheel eyebrows are all available. Not only that, its 220mm ground clearance is among the best among SUV models in the same price range.

This petal-shaped wheel of Subaru XV is more controversial. The main reason is that the black spray paint affects the whole effect. No wonder many car owners have replaced it at the first time after buying a car. It seems that this is the point. Subaru was a bit thankless. Although the style of the wheels is not satisfactory, the size is still good, and it uses 225/55 R17 SUV tires from Yokohama, which not only takes into account the daily driving, but also occasionally travels to the suburbs on weekends. Sa Huan'er.

At the rear of the car, Subaru XV continues its crossover style, especially the thick and large envelopment is particularly obvious, coupled with the irregular rectangular black trim and the decoration of the underguard of the same color as the body, all make it driving in the city. China is a maverick, I believe there will be a good rate of return.


● Interior and configuration experience

In terms of interiors, Subaru has always liked to use all-black color interiors, and the newly released 2012 Subaru XV only provides this kind of interior color. It seems that friends who like light-colored interiors should consider it carefully. In contrast, Subaru XV is not as rich as its big brother Forester and Legacy in this regard. After all, not every consumer likes the cool all-black interior.

Compared with the previous assembly process, the 2012 Subaru XV is much more refined, especially in the center console and the front and rear door panels using a large number of soft materials, and the headlights enhance the sense of class inside the car. At this point, the Subaru XV is much better than the Forester model.

The leather three-spoke multi-function steering wheel used by Subaru XV feels quite good, not only the grip is full, but the buttons feel very good, and its gear shift paddles will win the love of many young car owners who like sports styles. .

The group of buttons at the bottom left of the steering wheel is actually the control center of this multi-function display, and all function calls are done through it.

Among the above-mentioned interfaces, the one that belongs to the VDC dynamic stability system is the most attractive. When the vehicle is driving normally, the screen displays the outline of the four wheels in green. Once the system detects wheel slippage, the outline of the wheel immediately turns orange, The right side of the screen shows the vehicle slipping mark to remind the driver to pay attention to driving safety. At the same time, the system will also start to work to intervene in the slipping wheel to restore it to normal state as soon as possible.

It is worth mentioning that the entire Subaru XV is equipped with a VDC vehicle stabilization system as standard. This is very worthy of recognition, after all, the driving safety of the vehicle is the most important. Of course, the Subaru XV also allows the driver to manually turn off the VDC vehicle dynamic stability system in order to find a more exciting driving experience. According to our previous test channel colleagues test, the system cannot be completely turned off. When the vehicle is driving to the limit In the state, it will immediately start and intervene to restore the vehicle to a normal state as soon as possible.

Although the Subaru XV is equipped with a visual reversing function, it is somewhat inconvenient that the entire system is not equipped with a reversing radar. After all, most drivers are accustomed to the beeping sound of the radar.

The 2012 Subaru XV is quite kind. It is equipped with automatic constant temperature air-conditioning and electric folding rearview mirrors as standard. It is just that the control of the electric windows is not perfect, and the four-window one-key lifting function cannot be realized. .

● Security configuration

In terms of safety configuration, Subaru XV is not only equipped with knee airbags as standard, but it is more kind in the same price range. In addition, Subaru XV is equipped with front side airbags and front and rear side air curtains on mid-to-high-end models, thereby further enhancing the passive safety of the vehicle.

● Ride space experience

In terms of space in the car, the performance of Subaru XV is still quite satisfactory. Especially by optimizing the design of the roof, its head and legroom are almost the same as those of the Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V at the same price. The front and rear space does not give people a feeling of restraint.

The 178cm height experiencer still has room for a punch in the front row after adjusting the sitting posture; after arriving in the back row, the riding space does not feel depressed, although the Subaru XV is only about 1.6 meters high, but through the car The recessed design adopted at the rear of the top relieves the head space in the back row. When the experiencer finds a comfortable sitting position, the head space is about 4 fingers, while the leg space is relatively generous, which can reach 2 punches. Level. The overall level is slightly better than Mitsubishi ASX Jinxuan and Nissan Qashqai.

The leather seats equipped with Subaru XV are wide in shape and feel very comfortable to ride. Not only that, the luxury model we experienced is also equipped with front seat heating function, which can be a more practical configuration in the northern winter. Although the front center armrest is not leather-wrapped, the soft material texture is not bad, and the front and rear adjustment range is also relatively large, which is convenient for drivers of different body shapes to find a suitable position for holding hands.

The rear seats are equally comfortable, and the size and height of the center armrest are also designed to be suitable, but the ride in the middle area of the rear row is a bit cramped. Because the center armrest is involved, the backrest feels very hard, while the underfoot space is restricted. The four-wheel drive system is more restrictive, and you can't even level your feet. Therefore, after the experience, we feel that the third passenger in the rear of the Subaru XV is better for children, and adults are really a little frustrated sitting here.

Although the center of the rear seats of the Subaru XV is not suitable for riding, Subaru is still equipped with a headrest and a three-point seat belt, which is not only very meticulous in workmanship, but also very convenient to use. The most interesting thing is that the seat belt guide groove on the side of the headrest has a peculiar shape, which even makes people think at first that it is a hook for the rear passengers to pick up clothes or items.

In addition, Subaru XV also provides a LATCH-type child seat interface. In actual use, the interface has a clear logo, reasonable design, and extremely convenient installation and disassembly. The only drawback is that the interface processing at the seat is relatively random, or even unexpected. It feels like it was cut out with a knife at will, not like the production process that a 200,000 yuan car should have.

As for the sunroof, Subaru XV is not equipped with a panoramic sunroof or a large sunroof like the Forester, which makes people feel a little regretful. Fortunately, the standard sunroof of the whole series still makes many consumers who like to buy the beggar version fish. To a lot of benefits.

● Storage space experience

In terms of storage space, the performance of Subaru XV is also basically satisfactory. Although there are not many storage compartments designed, the location and size of the design are still relatively reasonable. In addition, the front and rear rows of the car have special places for drinks, which greatly facilitates car owners who like to travel.

● Power system and suspension

In terms of power, the entire Subaru XV series only provides a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed naturally aspirated engine with a maximum power of 150 horsepower and a maximum torque of 196 Nm. From the data point of view, it is basically the mainstream level, and there is not much outstanding. .

Compared with the unremarkable engine, the Subaru XV is equipped with the same CVT continuously variable transmission that can simulate 6 gears as the Legacy. It makes us happy, after all, as the Subaru XV, which is positioned slightly lower than the Forester. Equipped with that 4AT gearbox is also understandable. Perhaps in the era of soaring oil prices, Subaru also wants to improve fuel economy through a more advanced gearbox. After all, it is not a performance car. As long as the appearance is cool, comfortable to drive, and fuel efficient, I think it will be enough.

In terms of suspension, the Subaru XV uses a four-wheel independent suspension structure of the front McPherson and rear double-wishbone, and the comfort and handling should have a good performance. As an important feature of the family, the AWD full-time four-wheel drive system is naturally a standard configuration, otherwise it would not be Subaru.

● Subaru XV market analysis:

   We believe that Subaru XV still has a certain degree of competitiveness in the market segment of Cross models. Although there are not many direct competitors at present, as domestic consumers, it may be included in SUV models for comparison. Within the price range of 240,000 yuan, there are still plenty of SUV models to choose from, especially the imported Mitsubishi ASX Jinxuan, JEEP guides and even their own Forester are familiar and favorite models of domestic consumers. In addition, these models are more recent. The cars have good market offers, and their price-performance ratio has been further improved. In addition, domestic joint venture brands are also gathering masters. Honda CR-V, Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai ix35, Kia Smart Run, etc. are also models with good market response. Although we think the Subaru XV has a good performance and a good price/performance ratio, factors such as Subaru's relatively niche brand and post-maintenance costs have prevented it from becoming a mainstream model in the market. In addition, we believe that Subaru XV's products are the first Too simple, we should learn from the Nissan Qashqai’s approach, introduce a lower displacement 1.6-liter engine, while enriching the product line, but also further reducing the price threshold of the vehicle, only in this way can give consumers more opportunities to understand, Choose it.

Full text summary:

Through a day’s experience, we believe that the Subaru XV still has a good appeal overall. Although the appearance is not acceptable to everyone, it is undeniable that it has advanced power and chassis technology and good passing performance. In particular, the introduction of the new CVT continuously variable gearbox gives consumers who are entangled in the Forester 4AT gearbox a good new choice. In terms of interiors, Subaru XV also incorporates the latest family's design concepts, and has improved a lot in materials and assembly processes to further broaden its consumer targets, instead of those passionate young people who are only interested in performance. . Therefore, as long as you are a consumer who pursues trendy, vitality or loves fashion and leisure life, I think the Subaru XV, which is full of personality and full of cross-border style, can be regarded as a good choice.


[YesAuto Evaluation] When talking about Subaru, some car fans and friends will unanimously think of the blue Impreza racing car that gallops on rally tracks all over the world. Indeed, the Impreza WRX STI has engraved too many legendary performance colors for Subaru. Perhaps the most dazzling crossover wind is blowing in the world. Even the Outback has become a crossover SUV, so let the Impreza also cross it.

Regarding this Impreza XV and today’s Subaru XV, I need to explain that the entire Impreza car series has conventional hatchback, sedan, high-performance series WRX and WRX STI. In 2010, there was another crossover version, the Wing Leopard XV. The meaning of this XV is Cross Vehicle, which is similar to Cross Polo. It takes the hatchback impreza as the basis, increases the ground clearance, and is equipped with black plastic guards on the front and back. There is a luggage rack on the head. Well, this is why it is called Impreza's addition and subtraction.

Maybe it's that this product is a bit nondescript, or it's that car fans are really not interested in this Leopard. The market performance of Impreza XV can really be described as poor, and it was discontinued soon. Can not destroy the image of Impreza in the eyes of car fans, and reluctant to bear this market, the new model had to remove the word Impreza and pull out a branch, which is the Subaru XV in front of us. Although there is no Impreza in the name, it still uses the Impreza platform to raise the Impreza's chassis, straighten the front face, change the middle net, and set off again. (If you want to know about Impreza XV, please click on me)


Engine and transmission system

Let's take a look at the walking system of this Impreza cousin, the latest generation of horizontally opposed engine, with a maximum power of 150 horsepower at 6200 rpm and a maximum torque of 196 N·m at 4200 rpm.

Subaru XV has many styles, but the power system is relatively simple, so you can only choose 2.0 naturally aspirated engine. According to the book data, it is exactly the same as the Impreza 2.0 model, but after careful inspection of the data, it is found that the cylinder diameter and stroke are different, from 92*75mm to 84*90mm. The long-stroke small-bore design is adopted, and nothing can be driven normally. The only advantage of the change is that it can burn No. 93 gasoline (Jing 92).

This LinearTronic continuously variable transmission is tuned very cleverly and sensitively. It uses a unique chain drive with automatic mode and 6-speed analog manual mode. Daily driving can indeed be called the little prince of fuel saving (100km/h is less than 1750rpm), and with a little bit of strength, the speed will be increased to 3000rpm, which is convenient for faster speed increase.

Speaking of handling, I think no one would doubt Subaru. The front McPherson + rear double-fork wishbone independent suspension plus the symmetrical full-time four-wheel drive system make the overall suspension adjustment hard. This also makes us look forward to its performance when circling the pile in the test field. By the way, there is the controversial wheel, although the standard 17-inch wheel, but the shape is not big at all, full of strong auto parts city style. Very personal and weird. Some students may like it, but I can’t accept it. What do you think?

Fuel consumption test

After reading the hardware, let's take a look at all the test results of XV. Due to time constraints, this fuel consumption test has almost no congested road conditions, so this fuel consumption test is only part of the urban area, most of the highway tests, the fuel consumption is low, for reference only .

The total mileage of this fuel consumption test is 95.3 kilometers, and it consumes 6.44 liters of No. 93 fuel, so its fuel consumption value is 6.76/100km. The full load is one adult male driver and several photographic equipment. It was noon at the time of the test, and there were few cars on the road, and unobstructed loops and highways accounted for the vast majority, so the fuel consumption value was obviously lower than the actual usage. The situation in daily life is certainly not so optimistic. Although it is a CVT, four-wheel drive and 1.4 tons of weight are indisputable facts. This fuel consumption test is not a comprehensive fuel consumption test, it is for reference only. In the process of shooting with the car, the colleagues in the video team have a fuel consumption of about 8 which is basically close to the fuel consumption. If there is a chance, we will conduct a comprehensive fuel consumption test on the Subaru XV again.

Noise test

We are testing on a car-free highway with all car windows, air conditioning systems and audio equipment closed during the test. The final noise in the car was 60.9 decibels, 63.7 decibels and 71.3 decibels respectively, while it was 46.5 decibels in idling state. It can be seen that the performance of Subaru XV in terms of noise is very satisfactory, and it has reached the level of medium-sized cars or even higher levels. Except for the slightly higher noise at 120km/h, the others are all lower than the excellent value. In addition to the low-speed CVT gearbox, solid workmanship and materials are indispensable.

0-100km/h acceleration test

In the 0-100km/h acceleration test, the Subaru XV ran out of 11.5 seconds, which was similar to the 2.0CVT Qashqai (11.7 seconds) and was slightly slower. At the start, this full-time four-wheel drive system can quickly adjust the front and rear power distribution. There is no slippage of the wheels and no exhaust noise. The whole acceleration process is like a pot of plain boiled water. Although the CVT gearbox can provide a smooth acceleration curve, it always gives people a feeling of lack of strength.

Emergency brake test

Subaru XV's front and rear stiff suspension provides sufficient support, so that the center of gravity of the body does not move forward or nod, and the braking force and tire grip are both very good. From the initial stage of braking to complete stop, the G value has been maintained at a small fluctuation around -1G. The final score of 40.4 meters is relatively good for an SUV.

Driving experience

This 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine is usually enough for running in the city. When you need to overtake, you have to step on the accelerator to increase the speed to 4000-5000rpm, and you will feel a little sense of pushing back. Of course, you can also use the paddles behind the steering wheel to shift gears and control the shift speed by yourself.

As a crossover, the 220mm ground clearance of the Subaru XV is indeed a bit exaggerated, but it does not have the feeling of being elevated when driving, it is completely a sedan. The electronic assistance is moderate, and driving in the city is very pleasant.

The overall damping of the suspension is tough, which can clearly transmit the fine vibrations to the driver, and it can also give the body strong support in the corners. The suspension is a little sensitive, so that the speed bumps or some undulations on the road feel a bit bumpy, and there will be a little extra bouncing, so some points will be deducted from the comfort.

When winding the pile, the four-wheel drive system is very powerful. The whole car is tightly attached to the ground like a big octopus, and the power output can be adjusted in time for a slight slip. It can also be seen in the figure that the shock absorber has very good support for the body. In extreme cases, the side tilt is not very obvious, allowing the driver to drive the vehicle more stably. However, even the best chassis suspension cannot get rid of the disadvantage of a high center of gravity. When trying to increase the speed, XV will use ESP intervention (Subaru XV’s ESP cannot be completely closed) to remind you, “I’m not STI, slow down. “

If the XV is temporarily attributed to an SUV, the power of the XV is somewhat lagging compared to this easy-to-use four-wheel drive and chassis. The handling of most SUVs will kill the performance, but the XV is just the opposite. Before the corner, after the brakes slow down and enter the corner, when you step on the accelerator at the center of the corner and prepare to exit the corner, you will find that the power output seems to be slow. , The engine played the unique “Subaru horizontally opposed” sound, but couldn't keep up with the pace of the entire vehicle.

● Off-road experience and four-wheel drive system

Before going off-road, let's take a look at the overall situation of the Subaru XV and the four-wheel drive system, and find out the bottom line to better grasp the limits of the vehicle.

As a crossover, Subaru XV's various indicators can exceed some SUVs, especially the minimum ground clearance of 220mm, which has played a lot in the off-road field behind. After reading these indicators, let's understand the situation of the XV off-road test.

Detailed explanation of four-wheel drive system

Subaru XV is equipped with the latest generation of full-time four-wheel drive system with active torque distribution, and power is distributed to all four wheels at ordinary times. Subaru has added a bevel-tooth central differential to the transfer case with hard gear links, and the electronically controlled multi-plate differential in it is only responsible for adjusting the torque distribution of the front and rear axles, and cannot separate the front and rear axles, so the front and rear axles The axle will always get power. Under normal circumstances, the front and rear wheel power distribution is 60:40, which is a true full-time four-wheel drive structure.

The active torque distribution full-time four-wheel drive system directly outputs power to the central differential in the transfer case through the gearbox, and the central differential is then distributed to the front and rear axles through multiple clutches. The electronically controlled multi-piece differential accepts instructions from the computer, and adjusts the torque distribution at any time according to the road conditions, which is more reliable and practical.

The task of using the central multi-disc clutch of the timely four-wheel drive model is responsible for transmission and disconnection. Usually the front-wheel drive, when the rear wheel is slipping, and the front and rear wheels have a speed difference, the multi-disc clutch is switched on to become a four-wheel drive. But can not work for a long time, the clutch will automatically protect and separate after overheating.

During the actual test, when the XV climbed onto the steamed bun bag, the right rear wheel began to slip off the ground. The four-wheel drive system and the electronic auxiliary device adjusted the power distribution in time to brake the right rear wheel so that more power was output to the front wheel. And do the rear wheel. To explain one point, this four-wheel drive system of Subaru, the four-wheel independent electronic auxiliary braking effect is much more obvious than the electronic auxiliary braking effect of other urban SUVs.

Maybe everyone is not satisfied, so let's continue to look down. A small steamed bun bag, how to prevent the XV from advancing, so we took it to a slightly difficult off-road field, after a few projects, to see if the XV based on crossovers can cope with the test.

The shell crater simulates the cross axis. When the diagonal tires are off the ground, the suspended wheels start to slip. For about 1 second, the electronic assistance starts to intervene in the idling of the tires, outputting power to the frictional tires, so that the XV can get out of trouble.

Four-wheel drive performance summary

Subaru XV has not been difficult for several small projects. It can be said that it has completed the test beautifully and has a certain off-road ability. It can be regarded as one of the best in urban SUVs. Having said that, we are just showing the limits of the Subaru XV. It is not about how powerful an off-road vehicle is than off-road performance. After all, the XV is not for this purpose. He pays more attention to road performance. We don't usually recommend that you go to Sahuan on mud, big slopes, etc. After all, it is just an ordinary four-wheel drive, and it does not have too strong relief. Yes, I forgot to mention, such a good four-wheel drive system, 220mm ground clearance, can it be equipped with an uphill and downhill assistant? Well, maybe I asked too much.

Summary

The high temperature began to dissipate, and the sun began to darken with the end of the test work. It is time to make a summary for the Subaru XV. I used to think that the Subaru XV would overlap with its own Forester in size and price, thus grabbing its own customers, but the manufacturer said that the XV is more suitable than the Forester to play the role of recreational vehicles in the city, and consumers are younger. personalise.

Let’s talk about the most realistic price issues. I feel really kind for 199,800 to 232,800 yuan. Although there is nothing outstanding in the configuration, it is very practical. VDC dynamic stability system, knee airbags, 225 wide tires and 17-inch wheels The rims are all standard, and the real full-time four-wheel drive system in the same level is also incomparable to some timely four-wheel drive models. Of course, small flaws are inevitable: for example, this wheel is so avant-garde that I cannot accept it. At the same time, if the whole vehicle is imported, the maintenance and repair costs in the later period may be higher than those of competitors of the same level, and there may be times when the accessories are not complete. Students who are going to start should consider these aspects.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Subaru XV over its opponents?

We have selected several models with similar prices, Qashqai, Tiguan, and CRV. Several models are based on urban SUVs, with around 230,000 models. The following are comparisons with the Subaru XV (232,800) top-fitting models.

Qashqai 2012 2.0XV Dragon CVT 4WD (219,800)

The Qashqai's top-fitting model is less than the Subaru XV top-fitting (232,800) knee airbags, front electric seat heating, but more remote control keys, keyless start, automatic headlights, and the convenient and easy-to-use panoramic camera , At the same time, there is an advantage of 13,000 yuan in price. In addition, the maintenance costs in the later period are also relatively cheap. If the handling is not too important, Qashqai is indeed a good choice.

Tiguan 2012 1.8TSI Automatic Fashion Edition Front Drive (233,800)

At this price, the Tiguan can only choose front-wheel drive models, which cannot be compared with the XV's four-wheel drive. There are no front head airbags, rear airbags, knee airbags, xenon headlights, sunroofs, and navigation. There is only one more uphill assist (Autohold) and tire pressure monitoring. Volkswagen Tiguan has had crazy market demand since it was launched on the market. It is often the case that there is no car at a price. I don’t know if it really has no car or is there a car waiting for a price increase?

Honda CR-V 2.4 four-wheel drive luxury version (239,800)

Honda CR-V is the model with the largest displacement and the best space performance among several models. Of course, the price is slightly more expensive. The configuration lacks xenon headlights, knee airbags and navigation system, in exchange for a larger space, 2.4L engine. However, the driving style is completely different from that of the XV. It is comfortable, comfortable and not so tight. A very hot city SUV, like the Tiguan, is very popular, and it is the best model that can be bought without a price increase.

Of course, there are many SUVs to choose from at this price, such as RAV4, Guide, Qijun and many other models. In the domestic SUV market with a high fever, it is not a simple matter to win a place. Subaru XV does bring Come with a sincerity, enough configuration, good looks, four-wheel drive and city SUV off-road performance that is one of the best in the city, and a kind price, but it will suffer in terms of space. I have listed the differences in configuration for you. How to weigh them depends on your fate.

Before the deadline, we learned from the car home market that there are basically no cars in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other places. It takes about 2 to 3 months to pick up the car, or even longer. The deposit is 10,000 yuan and there is no discount. If you place an order now, it is estimated that you will have to wait until eleven to pick up the car.

The Subaru XV store accepts scheduled pick-up cycles for two months (Beijing)
http://www.autohome.com.cn/market/201202/297881.html

Subaru XV full range of non-present car bookings need to wait six months (Guangzhou)
http://www.autohome.com.cn/market/201204/324675.html

No cars in Subaru XV store are currently not accepting reservations (Shanghai)
http://www.autohome.com.cn/market/201205/331590.html