Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Space for four adults in comfort
  • Average boot space
  • Parking easy despite no sensors

This XV is wider than before so there’s more interior space on offer, and it’ll easily transport four adults in relative comfort, but a fifth won’t be too happy about the transmission tunnel intruding into their legroom.

An armrest between the two rear seats features cupholders and there’s a further pair in the front, along with storage in all four doors.

Subaru XV 2019 rear seats

It’s worth noting here that the doors also open particularly wide, which makes getting in and out easier for the less mobile. 

While the XV doesn’t have acoustic parking sensors on either of its trim levels, there’s a reversing camera to show what you’re about to hit.

We found it to be an easy car to park thanks to great driver visibility – not only are you perched quite high in the cabin but you’ve got a huge amount of glass around you, with relatively small pillars that don’t obstruct vision too badly. 

Subaru XV 2019 e-Boxer boot

The boot of the XV is only five litres larger than the previous version, but it also has a wider opening to make loading items easier. Opt for the E-Boxer hybrid however, and boot capacity drops from 400 litres to 345 litres. You also lose the spare wheel due to the battery pack sitting in its place beneath the boot floor; with a tyre repair kit in place instead to preserve the space available.

You get a 60:40-split rear seat for loading larger or longer items into the XV, but it’s a shame features such as a powered bootlid aren’t offered even as optional extras.


  • One of the safest cars on sale
  • Impressive Eyesight driver assistance
  • Much stronger shell than ever before

The Subaru XV is an incredibly safe car that makes use of a suite of driver assistance technology that our testers rank among the best in the business.

That statement is backed up by Euro NCAP, which awarded the XV five stars in its crash-testing regime. It has also won a number of awards worldwide for its safety credentials.

It starts with the bodyshell, which has been designed to be stronger and to perform better in the event of a crash than the previous XV, which was already an extremely safe vehicle.

The engine has been designed to slide underneath the passenger compartment in the event of a frontal collision too, instead of its weight pushing directly into the cabin.

Subaru XV with Eyesight driver-assistance system

Since the launch of the Outback in 2015 Subaru has been among the industry leaders when it comes to driver-assistance technology thanks to the inclusion, as standard, of the Eyesight suite of tech.

Subaru XV 2019 Eyesight technology

Two cameras mounted either side of the rear-view mirror are able to identify potential hazards – other vehicles, pedestrians and animals – and adjust the car’s behavior accordingly. The following features are included:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pre-collision braking
  • Pre-collision throttle management – warns the driver if they put the car into Drive with an obstacle in front of it
  • Lane sway and departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lead vehicle start alert – tells the driver the vehicles in front have started moving

On top of all that, the XV has automatically dipping high-beam headlights with a cornering function, blindspot monitoring, lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.

You also get X-Mode, which adjusts the engine, transmission, all-wheel drive system and brakes for off-road driving, while hill-descent control is also standard-fit.

There are automatic headlights and wipers, two Isofix child seat mounting points and seven airbags installed around the cabin.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Subaru XV SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
SE optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear electric windows

SE Premium equipment

SE Premium standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
SE Premium optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear electric windows

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Subaru XV SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 94%
Child Occupant: 89%
Vulnerable Road Users: 84%
Safety Assist: 68%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.