The Subaru XV with X-mode technology activated effortlessly tackled the special roller ramp.
The Subaru XV with X-mode technology is able to climb steep hills with ease.

THE XV is one of Subaru’s most important products at the moment, as it is based on the trending sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept at an affordable price.

Recently, Motor Image Malaysia Sdn Bhd organised a media drive to Melaka to showcase the true capability of the Subaru XV 2.0 i-P, on and off road.

The XV 2.0 i-P powered by a 2.0-litre direct fuel injection naturally aspirated Boxer engine mated to a lineartronic seven-speed CVT transmission. It produces 154hp at 6,000rpm and 196Nm of torque at 4,000rpm.

Subaru says the engine is compact and very light as a result of the engine design and the material used.

It claims that the XV 2.0 i-P can complete the century sprint in 10.7 seconds and has a top speed of 187kph, with a combined fuel consumption rating of 6.5 litres per 100km.

It is 4,465mm in length, 1,800mm in width, 1,615mm in height, with a 220mm ground clearance. It has a boot space of 385 litres and a fuel tank capacity of 63 litres.

Auto-levelling LED headlights with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone air-conditioning system, aluminium pedals, silver roof rails, 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels, X-Mode function, cruise control, and paddle shifters are part of the XV 2.0 i-P’s core features.

It also comes equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen display, six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, 4.2-inch TFT LCD instrument panel info display, front fog lights, LED rear combination lamps, power-adjustable driver’s seat and electronic parking brakes.

Safety aspects of the XV 2.0 i-P includes seven airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, vehicle dynamic control, hill start assist, reverse camera and Isofix childseat mounting points.

The XV 2.0 i-P is priced at RM125,868 excluding insurance. It comes with a five-year or 100,000km warranty and a five-year free labour charged service package.


The convoy making its way to Melaka.

THE DRIVE

Our drive was from Petaling Jaya to Melaka. The convoy consisted of 11 Subaru XV 2.0i-Ps and two lead cars, and two sweeper cars. We were grouped three to a car.

After a short briefing and presentation, we were flagged off from Subaru PJ and the convoy headed to Nilai Spring, approximately 60km away from the starting point, for our first driver change. The second driver will get to drive to Port Dickson for some off-road test to try out the X-Mode function.

On the highway and rural roads, the XV 2.0 i-P has enough power to overtake reasonably fast-moving trucks and trailers. It gets over the legal speed limit effortlessly and grips corners readily like a saloon or sedan.

This is made possible thanks to the new Subaru Global Platform, which sits lower and has a revised steering rack as well as a stiffer chassis. It improves on straight line drives and manoeuvrability.

The new platform is also safer and absorbs more impact in the event of an accident.

After about two hours of driving, we arrived at Eagle Ranch Resort Port Dickson to test some X-Mode functions on an off-road course. The organiser also brought two of its competitors’ SUVs for sample and comparison.

The Subaru XV 2.0 i-P with X-Mode activated tackled the rough and slippery road conditions with ease. It also descends a hill at a safe speed without the driver tapping on the brakes.

Later on, the convoy headed to the Melaka International Motorsport Circuit for more comparison with its competitors. The organiser prepared a special ramp with rollers to showcase the X-mode technology.

Without a doubt, the Subaru’s X-mode with the symmetrical technology successfully encountered the ramp without breaking a sweat.

Overall we find the XV 2.0 i-P a fantastic SUV but there is room for improvements.

It should come with rear air-conditioning vent as it is quite warm for the rear passengers. The XV 2.0 i-P should also come with more safety and assist features, such as the lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and also lane keep assist.

The eight-inch touchscreen display is quite hard to see under the sunlight. The XV should also have auto-locking system, which locks the SUV when it starts to move.

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