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Car Comparison: Subaru Impreza vs Subaru XV

Subaru cars are championed by their owners and fanbase for how they’ve challenged the norm of expectations, combining a widespread base of key attributes into one adventure-ready vehicle that never compromises on style and supreme safety. These distinctive qualities can live together — and do with Subaru, without question!

This means that what would have defined clear choices between the Subaru XV vs Impreza
models (as is generally the case with other carmakers), it’s not as clear cut with Subaru; you wouldn’t have to agree that SUVs within the range are safer for example, simply because they are (traditionally) the all-wheel-drive options. All six Subaru models are all-wheel-drive which means you’re guaranteed the same attention to detail when it comes to driver experience for the even, safe distribution of power.

Differences Between A Subaru XV vs Impreza

Which car is bigger Impreza or XV?

When it comes to comparing the Subaru Impreza vs XV models in the Subaru range, you’re going to be pressed to make your decision based on comfort and lifestyle rather than performance or safety.

The Biggest Differences: Model Type 

Which car has more boot space between Subaru Impreza vs XV?

When looking at the most obvious Subaru XV vs Impreza differences, you’ll see that hatchbacks have a rear hatch door — often referred to as the fifth door — while Sedans have a boot. This means that you can define a Sedan car as having three distinct sections: passenger cabin, luggage space (boot) and the engine.

Subaru Impreza vs Subaru XV: Boot Space

If you’re looking at XV vs Impreza specifically, you’d be hard-pressed to beat the hatchback XV in the Subaru range.

Subaru XV Boot Space - Showing Full Boot With Road Trip Luggage

While there is traditionally a difference between a hatchback and an SUV, Subaru bends the rules here too. The easiest to define as a hatchback is the Subaru XV, a small crossover with a lot of capability that packs plenty of space. Its 345-litre cargo area wins with its width and craftsmanship and extends this to 919 litres when the split-fold backrests are dropped down.

The Impreza Sedan compares with 310 litres of boot space.

Subaru Impreza Boot Space - Showing A Bicycle Folded Inside of The Boot


Subaru Impreza vs Subaru XV: Fuel Economy

Which car is fuel efficient between Subaru Impreza vs XV?

You will also want to compare fuel consumption options in the Subaru XV vs Impreza context when making your decision between the two.

The Subaru XV comes with a 2.0-litre direct-injection 4-cylinder Boxer® 115kW petrol engine and uses an average of 8.5 litres of petrol per 100km during city driving, and reduces that to 5.5 litres of petrol per 100km during economy / open-road driving.

The Subaru Impreza comes with a 2.0i-litre Boxer® engine that delivers 115kW power and uses an average of 8.5 litres of petrol per 100km during city driving and reduces that to 6.9 litres of petrol per 100km during economy / open-road driving.

Subaru Impreza vs Subaru XV: Safety Features

There is no difference between Subaru XV safety and Subaru Impreza safety because Confidence in Motion means we apply the same innovative tech to all our models.

Subaru’s safety features have come to mean that we are the only car brand across the globe to have a model-wide 5-star safety rating and have achieved several Top Safety Pick Plus awards too. That’s why we say: “There’s safe, and then there’s Subaru Safe.”

EyeSight Driver Assistance System 

Pedestrians, cyclists, unpredictable taxis, animals and more — we all know how stressful everyday driving can be when you take into account everything else happening on the roads around you. Subaru safety means this cutting-edge technology monitors 110m of the road ahead, recognising potentially dangerous driving situations and assisting the driver to reduce the occurrence of forward collisions or completely avoid them.

Subaru XV Showing EyeSight Driver Assistance System in Motion

Pre-Collision Braking System 

This innovative tech provides automatic braking to help avoid or reduce the severity of detected frontal accident impacts. Should the driver be distracted or not register the risk of a collision, braking is automatically applied when it is recognised by EyeSight.

Subaru XV vs Impreza Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control 
Adaptive Cruise Control maintains the speed set by the driver while regulating it to keep a set distance from the car in front. The driver can select from three different distances, based on time and speed, and then the EyeSight Driver Assist System will automatically use braking and monitoring technologies to regulate the vehicle’s speed — all in line with the traffic flow.

Additional safety features that should give you and your family peace of mind are Subaru’s Pre-Collision Throttle Management and Lane Departure and Sway Warning.

Want to be as convinced as we are? Then locate your nearest dealership, and then book a test drive. We have some of the best hatchbacks to buy in South Africa. Reach out to us on +27 11 608 0116 via email at info@subaru.co.za. Our skilled, car-loving team is ready and willing to turn talk into torque and show you just why we’re so passionate about all things Subaru.

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