Indepth Car Review: Subaru XV Crosstrek FULL REVIEW all-new generation neu 2019 2018 – Autogefühl

Indepth Car Review: Subaru XV Crosstrek FULL REVIEW all-new generation neu 2019 2018 – Autogefühl

Awesome Review: Subaru XV Crosstrek FULL REVIEW all-new generation neu 2019 2018 – Autogefühl



In today’s Autogefühl’s episode, Thomas shows you the Subaru XV or Subaru Crosstrek. As always we cover exterior, interior, engines and driving experience.

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47 Replies to “Indepth Car Review: Subaru XV Crosstrek FULL REVIEW all-new generation neu 2019 2018 – Autogefühl”

  1. This vehicle was really made for skiers. With 8.7 inches of ground clearance and dedicated AWD, this is a good vehicle for mountain skiers. In addition, the roof is low enough for shorter people to get their skis off the roof rack. One thing that I don't like about Subaru is that their transmissions don't last more than 7 to 8 years. Maybe, this is due to a dedicated AWD putting too much stress on the transmission. This vehicle might be different since it has a DOHC engine. Does anybody know about how long this transmission will last in this vehicle?

    In addition, people complain about power in this vehicle. This vehicle was designed for everyday users ( commuters) not for driver enthusiasts as in racing.

    Thirdly, I will not buy one until Subaru has a durable transmission for long term ownership.

  2. Actually, Thomas, the XV will detect that the car in front has moved if you don't react yourself. It will do this even if you are not in adaptive cruise mode. In your test drive, you just started the car again before this would happen. You can also use the resume button on the steering wheel to start the car again if you like.

  3. Thomas, thank you for your very thorough reviews! I watched several of your reviews (multiple times 🙂 to determine which car to buy. Picked up a 2019 Crosstrek today.

  4. Nit picking about the Japanese Car. Possibly jealous because Japanese Cars are better than German and American Cars. He failed to present what the Crosstrek also does and that is its handling off road and bad weather. A very biased review. Obviously the guy did not give a good review–his perception was to match it with a sports cars and that is NOT what the Crosstrek is made for. He's like comparing a kayak with a seadoo..

  5. Very good review. I am in Australia and a critics often down play the power of this car given it is considered a small car down under. Nice to have a real world view of the car as it is more likely to be used by us as a second car in town traffic for the school and shopping run. Sounds like it will meet all the criteria for that and be comfortable at the Same time. Only down side as I see it is the fuel consumption.. Thanks again for a great review.
    Jimmy

  6. I just bought one with a 6 speed manual here in the US. Totally different animal than what’s being driven in this video. I would not have bought one with an automatic.

  7. Great review. I have a Subaru 2014 Crosstrek Hybrid (now discontinued) and 2018 Outback. I don't buy these vehicles for their style, but for safety in long commutes twice a day up and down a mountain, along with driving in snowy and icy road conditions in the winter. They work really well in these conditions; the gas mileage is quite good (28 mpg for the Crosstrek Hybrid and 25 mpg for the Outback). They are also very affordable cars, especially with AWD standard. Autogefühl barely touched on the EyeSight system, testing only the Adaptive Cruise Control. I also rely on the Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-Collision Braking, Detection of Malingering (just kidding!), etc. To get these features, you have to pay a lot more from other car manufacturers, especially in an AWD model. I agree that the CVT can be noisy and road noise is not as effectively dampened as in other cars in the category. Thank you for the great reviews; I mostly go here for car reviews online.

  8. Good review, except you did not pay much attention to the height and the AWD capabilities, which are one of the main selling point of this car. An off road test would have been nice to see clearance and grip. So, not a full review I'm afraid. Yet the car seems great for what the intended use is. On downsize for me is that it could have a little more truck space.

  9. Hey Thoma,
    Thanks for your excellent review of a great little vehicle. Thanks for sharing your opinions. I love my 2018 2.0iS Australian delivery. I've just done 25k faultless motoring. It's the best of 3 Subarus I have owned previously (1985 DL Wagon and 2000 Forester).
    Cheers from Down Under! Martin

  10. Hi Thomas, thanks for another informative review. I admire your in-depth, unhurried approach to car reviews 🙂

    I currently own a 2004, 3 door RAV 4 that I have owned from new. I love the relative simplicity and reliability of this car. I've just done 150,000 miles in it, and am considering the XV as a replacement. I like the "old school" approach of Subaru, as you yourself put it. This XV is compact, like my current RAV 4. I need to drive safely in snow (on tarmac) for a few weeks each year. I mainly drive around town with some motorway driving but rarely exceed 75 mph. Would you recommend the XV as a good long term purchase and suitable replacement for my RAV 4 please? Researching new cars after such a long time I feel rather lost in a sea of technology! Any advice would be gratefully received…

  11. Some comments from a 2018 Crosstrek Limited owner in the US… my previous car was a Mazda 3 5 door. Great little car but when I went to fill up the wiper fluid reservoir, I always had leftover fluid in the container. I suspect the standard container in the rest of the world is slightly smaller but over here, wiper fluid is sold in containers that are 1 US gallon (which is about 3.79 liters). The Crosstrek reservoir is slightly bigger than that. Small thing but it's nice not to always have a mostly empty container of washer fluid rattling around in the back seat (also, it has a warning indicator that tells you when the reservoir is low… nice touch if you live in a climate with lots of salt on the roads… no washer fluid means you can't see a damn thing).

    • Eyesight… I love it. I spend a lot of time commuting in to Boston, MA and the Eyesight and adaptive cruise control makes that commute so much less stressful.

    • Love the keyless entry. If anyone is curious, it works with mittens on. No more taking my mittens off when it's -20ºF to fumble for a FOB. I do wish the FOB was a little more slender, it takes up a bit more pocket real-estate than I'd like.

    • The backup camera is awesome, although if you're not used to using one and you're backing up (this is my first car with a backup camera)… objects in camera are MUCH closer than they appear. It does give an audible and visual warning that you're getting closer, but the first time I used it, I didn't realize what the scale was. I'm happy to say that umm… the reverse brake assist on the Limited works… really well!

    • User interface on the entertainment system. I'm an ex-software engineer so these are things I get anal about. It's generally great. A friend of mine has an older Crosstrek. I spent nearly 35 minutes trying to pair my iPhone to her car before I gave up. It was beyond terrible. Subaru got the message. They made it so easy to pair via bluetooth that you will figure out how to do it even if you're not trying to figure out how to do it. Very straight forward. It remembers audio levels for the GPS (if using Apple Maps through Car Play), your phone calls, and your audio. If you're using an iPhone I recommend connecting via USB. It's much more responsive, and you gain all the benefits of the Car Play interface (including navigation so you don't have to spend the extra $1000 on the navigation system).

    • LED steering responsive headlights – I think this is only on the Limited… but the best headlights I've ever had in a car.

    Complaints I've heard that I don't agree with… another reviewer mentioned not being able to see the screen on the center console easy because of the angle. He also mentioned it reflecting the sun in his eyes. I've not had this problem myself. Always plenty of contrast on the screen for me. He also mentioned that the sun visors don't provide enough coverage. I don't have any beef with them. They're certainly better than my 2007 Mazda 3 was.

    Things that could use improving…
    • The glove box, and the center compartment are TINY. Usually I keep the user manual in my car… I had to remove it from the Crosstrek because the glove box is so small, with the manual in there, there's isn't much space for anything else.

    • In the trunk, they really need to provide some space to store some jumper cables. With every other car I've owned, there's been enough slop in the spare tire storage space where I could fit some jumpers in there.

    • The engine. It's barely adequate. I spend a lot of time in the White Mountains which tend to be infested with slow-driving tourist morons (aka "tourons"… driving 25 MPH under the speed limit and sometimes literally stopping on interstate highways to get out and take photos) during certain times of the year. This means a lot of overtaking whilst going uphill. The car could use more power. My suggestion would be a 1.5 liter turbo-charged engine (similar to an option Toyota made available for the RAV4). That would probably get you in the 175 to 185 HP region which is really what this vehicle needs. You'd still get great fuel economy, with enough power to overtake.

    • Implementation of Apple Car Play – Sometimes my phone just refuses to connect (via USB). I've tried multiple cables, and multiple sequences of connecting. Ultimately this is probably all of Apple's fault. Also… I bought a $26,500 accessory for my iPhone, you'd think it would come with a cable. 😉 😀 😛

    • Trunk space – I think it actually has a little less space than my 2007 Mazda 3 5 door. The occasions on which I have people in the back seat of my car are only a few times a year. I'd rather there be a few inches more trunk space, at the expense of back seat leg room (but perhaps I'm in the minority on that).

    • The fuel efficiency display. This is probably the biggest failure of this vehicle. It is just magnificently wrong. If my actual fuel economy is 29.5 MPG, the display will be reading close to 35 MPG. It's usually a full 4 to 5 MPG optimistic. My Mazda was usually within 1 MPG. When the low fuel indicator goes off, the car really means business. The remaining distance indicator might say you have 40 MPG left. You don't! I had the warning indicator go off about 12 miles from my regular gas station (and this was 100% highway miles). The remaining distance indicator was showing me 40 miles. Well, when I pulled up to the pump an filled the tank, it took 15.75 gallons. The tank is 15.8 gallons. I got lucky. If the low fuel indicator goes off, I'd say you have less than 10 miles to get to fuel station.

    Overall I'm quite happy with it. I'm hoping to get at least 300,000 miles out of it. One final random comment, I do mostly highway driving. I'd say 35% to 40% of that driving is done with a Thule cargo box mounted to the roof. I've filled up 14 times so far. The best fuel economy I've gotten (all highway) was 31 MPG. The average since late January/early February has been 28.3 MPG (mostly highway). Average fuel-up cost is $32.51. This is consistent with what other CVT owners report via the Fuelly app. I expect the fuel economy to go up by 1 to 2 MPG in the next month when we transition from the craptacular winter ethanol crippled fuel mixture, to the better summer mix which results in better fuel economy.

  12. Doesn't this car suffer from high oil consumption and "pseudo–shift" hesitation (some mechanics say the problem is due to faulty or defective transmission programming). Was there not a class action suit against Subaru in the US? Lastly, in today's world, is not this car too sluggish when merging with fast moving traffic? Honestly, this car scares me somewhat.

  13. The 2.0 petrol in the US has been called MANY times dangerously slow, I cannot imagine what the 1.6 is like in this full-time AWD car. Also I had to fast forward to the Thomas Driving Lounge 😛 . I do like the CVT, especially around the city and in traffic, you don't have to worry AT ALL what gear you are in.

  14. Thank you angain Thomas for presenting this Subaru , video rich in information, which other car could compete this Subaru XV ? Thank you

  15. Nothing about the all wheel drive? The additional ground clearance? Those aspects are what set Subaru apart – not an SUV, more of an estate/station wagon in the US but with real snowy/muddy road capability. Without taking those features into account, it doesn't really stand out. But with those features – it's a home-run for many mountain and snowy climate folks here in the US. Note also the top-mount, easy-change oil filter – just an indication of 'Subaru-think' that makes these cars unbeatable for so many people.
    -Tom

  16. Yet another Subaru designed by their unique system of not telling individual designers what they're actually designing. Then, a committee forms, and like a jigsaw puzzle, they place the disparate pieces together until it finally looks (almost) like a car/vehicle.

  17. Hey Thomas, are you going to test the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross as I would love to see a comparison between the XV and the EC. Great review by the way.

  18. love the review especially of my favrite car. XV! I like that fuel release cap is relaesed from inside than outside for sefety purposes.

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