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Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 1995
Engine size 1600
Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 1998
Engine size 2000
Engine size 2
The first generation version of Subaru's family-sized XV Crossover model looks a better secondhand crossover prospect in this improved post-2016 guise that delivered a smarter interior, additional technology and extra efficiency. As before, its major strength lies with the capable Symmetrical permanent 4WD system fitted to every model. Does it make sense as a used buy?
Here's a car that makes more sense the more you think about it. It may not be quite as flashy as some other segment rivals but there's plenty else to like, primarily the standard 4WD system, the brilliant build quality, the lovely charismatic Boxer engines and this XV's surprising off road ability. Then add in high equipment levels and strong standards of safety. Starting to look rather tempting now isn't it?
Especially as some of the things that might previously have put you off a used MK1 model XV - a plasticky cabin, a lack of media connectivity and very average levels of running cost efficiency - were all usefully improved with this smarter-looking post-'16-era model. Of course, this Subaru still wasn't perfect. Ride and refinement could be better, the boot could be bigger and it's still never going to challenge for class honours on an economy run. These things needn't be deal-breakers though. And for many loyal buyers, they certainly don't dilute the XVs many virtues.
In summary, what we have here is a refreshing change from the whole 'style over substance' approach that seems to characterise so many Crossover models. It's something Subaru's never quite understood. And hopefully never will.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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