Subaru Crosstrek 2.0 S AWD SUV revisited

Is the Subaru Crosstrek any good

Last week I drove the Subaru Crosstrek. Spending a week in it reinforced my thoughts that not all smaller SUVs are built equal.

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Subaru builds good cars and the Crosstrek, released earlier this year is excellent.

The latest model is well styled with good street appeal.

Inside its comfortable for taller drivers. Front seats are heated with enough leg room for my taller frame. One standout feature is the tall central screen that mirrors a smart phone. Its informative and functional.

Subaru Crosstrek AWD 2.0R boxer engine

Powered by a 2.0L boxer engine that has reasonable power and torque and a CVT. Its adequate, but the platform could easily cope with much more. I would love to see the 2.5L engine that other markets get.

Where the Crosstrek has an advantage over every other SUV in its segment is the symmetrical AWD with X Mode functionality.

Subaru Crosstrek AWD 2.0R x mode 2

This allows for class leading on road dynamics. As well as the ability to drive straight from the road to forest trails, beach tracks or to the snow without fuss.

Crosstrek is stylish, comfortable, and safe. It’s the thinking persons SUV for adventurous buyers.

I drove the top spec model the 2.0S which is priced from around $41,500 plus the usual costs and considering the practicality and versatility, that’s awesome value

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Subaru Crosstrek AWD 2.0S interior front

Readers can find more details on Subaru Crosstrek HERE 


Subaru Crosstrek AWD 2.0S reverse camera

What is good?

  • AWD Capability
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Central touchscreen

What is not so good?

  • Can be a bit thirsty
  • No HUD
  • No turbo version

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Instead of the Subaru Crosstrek, buyers could also look at.

Serious adventure AWD SUVs or even 4WD SUVs in the smaller size are few and far between.

Buyers could look at the Jeep CompassSuzuki Jimny,  Toyota RAV4 Edge,

Other SUVs that aren’t quite as adventure focused but worth a look at include: Nissan QASHQAIKia SeltosMazda MX-30Audi Q2Toyota Corolla CrossPeugeot 2008 GTCitroen C4Haval Jolion HEV.

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