The European Union is comprised of 28 member states with some finally
deciding to get out, like the United Kingdom aka Brexit (British Exit).
So you aren't clear to where you will be moving.
Both (Subaru Crosstrek and Subaru XV Crosstrek) are built on the same
Impreza base; i.e., a heavier Impreza economy car on stilts. Both
suffer from an underpowered engine at 148 HP @ 6200 which obviously is
at the high end of the rev range. The extra 4" height and weight of a
jacked-up Impreza meant losing some of the nimbleness along with being
more susceptible to cross winds, the stiffer suspension means less
comfort on long rides, and the higher weight and low power figure meant
Why does the above article compare an old 2015 XV Crosstrek against a
newer year-model Crosstrek? Because Subaru dropped the XV moniker in
the USA back in 2016. You sure you are looking at new or used cars?
Like old Chevys never dying but going to Mexico to become taxis (same
for disco), maybe the European market is slower, so Subaru kept the XV
moniker over there (but that means a 3-year hysteresis by consumers over
there). From what I see looking at the subaru.fr site, they don't use
the Crosstrek product name but instead use XV. In the USA, it was XV
Crosstrek which is redundant (like saying bluish blue), so the XV got
dropped. Outside the North American market, Crosstreks are called XVs.
There might be some trim differences but the car is the same. Seems the
naming is just to differentiate the market region.
You'll go insane if you try to figure out every model name from every
brand to determine what it means. Most have no meaning but were decided
to be marketable model names. Since XV is used in Europe without the
Crosstek name, my guess is "X" is cross (as in Crosstrek) and "V" just
They claim XV means X Over Vehicle. Maybe X Over simply means crossover
(where X = cross) which is the style type for that model. So they call
their crossover vehicle an X Over Vehicle or just XV.
This link shows the models sold in EU:
I am going with the 2L engine, though most specs only show the 1.6L
version. I would go with a larger Subie, but the underground parking
spaces are just too small where I'll be living. I was actually looking
at the even smaller Hyunday Kona for that reason till I discovered the
new Crosstrek/XV. Now that Kona 1.6L turbo charged engine is even better
than the 2L Subie engine, though I like the boxer design and symmetric
AWD better on the Subie.
I think you're right about that. I've noticed that even Honda uses
different name for given vehicles. For instance what we know in the US
es Honda Fit, over there is called Honda Jazz. It's all a marketing ploy.
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