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Grip : GRIP January 2012
WHAT’S IN THE PRESS GRIP XV thRiVES iN tASmANiA tESt SUBARU hosted 27 motoring journalists in Tasmania on January 23, and provided them with a drive that was a true test of the XV. The response from journalists has been positive with early on-line repor ts providing plenty of positive feedback. Mark Hinchliffe, from News Limited’s Cars Guide, had this to say about his first drive. “There are more Subarus sold in Tasmania per head of population than any other state, so the company chose north-east Tassie to launch the XV this week. The route included city streets, highway, lumpy back roads, gravel forest tracks and the scarily, but spectacular, ascent to Ben Lomond. It’s called Jacob’s Ladder and it is highlighted by sheer drops and dangerous hairpins with names such as Hanging Corner. “XV came through the acid test with full marks for its road handling, grip and predictable manners. At the same time, ride and cabin noise have not been compromised.” One blogger on the News site (name withheld) had this to say: “Over the past week I have test driven the Mitsubishi ASX, Nissan Dualis, Jeep Compass, Golf Tiguan, BMW X1, Hyundai IX 35 and the Subaru XV. All of these vehicles have some very good points as well as some bad; however, I would encourage those in the market to drive all of the vehicles in the class; however, drive the XV last and I think potential buyers will see what the additional cost gets them. “The difference in quality and performance was clearly evident and I was happy to pay the extra couple of thousand dollars for, what is in my mind, the complete package. I pick up my XV this Friday.” Alborz Fallah from caradvice.com.au wrote: “On the road the XV feels confident and planted, even when pushed to its limits. The flat four-cylinder Boxer engine again provides a lower than typical centre of gravity that aids the vehicle’s balance.” He went on to say: “The 2012 Subaru XV represents the direction in which the company is heading, not only in terms of exterior and interior design, but also technology, efficiency and best-in- class safety. Our biggest compliment is the much- improved interior compared to the outgoing Impreza, and the rather bold and aggressive exterior styling that the company was so well known for a good decade ago.” Writing for Fairfax’s drive. com.au, Barry Park was impressed with the steering and handling of the new XV. “While it has that soft- roader look, the extra ride height doesn’t translate into an equally soft ride and handling package. “Instead, it’s composed. Subaru has called on its in- house performance-tuning arm, STI, to help it set up the XV’s underpinnings and bring an element of fun back to the Impreza name. “Most of the work has taken place at the front-end, which features a specially modified MacPherson spring with a separate damper spring to help take rebound out of the suspension. “Rather than loping and bounding down a lumpy piece of tarmac, the special front-end works hard to keep the tyres in contact with the road. It produces a ride that, while firm, reads the road surface with almost performance car precision. “The steering complements the improved ride and handling. The XV introduces a new electromechanical set-up as part of Subaru’s chase for fuel economy. “However, where some car makers tend to confuse weight with steering feel, the XV has a nicely linear, direct system with just enough loading to make it city-light, but not without a good sense of what the wheels are doing. “Our first taste of the XV took in some of northern Tasmania’s most spectacular roads, ranging from smooth, sweeping, flat sections to gravel sprints and broken, lumpy back roads. “Both the XV’s suspension and steering took everything in their stride, even taking mid-corner corrugations without a hint of upset. The all-wheel-drive system gives a secure, planted feel over the slipperiest of gravel sections. Cabin noise is well suppressed, too.” INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE FROM THE MD XV COMMENT PARTS & ACCESSORIES AFTERSALES MARKETING NEW SUBARU XV WHAT’S IN THE PRESS BRAND COMPARISON DEALER RANKINGS SPORT
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