5 Things that make a premium crossover worth it

Sometimes, paying extra for a higher-end vehicle makes more sense
Sep 20, 2021

Is paying for a premium brand really just paying for the attached nameplate? Sure, that may be true for some things in life, but it’s definitely not applicable to an upscale vehicle.

When talking about a premium crossover like the Subaru XV, some benefits are immediately apparent, but there’s also a lot of value in things that don’t quite fit in the tiny boxes of a spec sheet. And it’s exactly these overlooked benefits that set premium choices apart.

Real Crossover Capability

Need to drive off-road to that trendy nature-based staycation spot? Go for it. New bike trail jump-off covered in mud? No problem. With Subaru’s signature Symmetrical AWD system, you have to try quite hard to get stuck—and that’s before activating Dual-function X-MODE for even more grip and capability out of every wheel.

The Subaru XV's impressive 220mm of ground clearance and 500mm water wading depth can also take on pot holes, ridiculously steep ramps and driveways, and even rainy season floods with ease. That's a visible premium you'll definitely appreciate.

Proactive Safety

We often think of safety features as passive: sensors that complain when you’re about to hit something, airbags that deploy after you hit something. It can seem a bit after the fact.

But owning a Subaru XV means enjoying the benefits of its EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology—a suite of top-of-the-line safety features that takes charge in case of emergencies.

It has Adaptive Cruise Control that automatically adjusts your speed and maintains a safe distance from the car in front of you whether you’re cruising on the highway or crawling through stop-and-go traffic, and Lead Vehicle Start Alert that notifies you when the car in front of you starts moving.

It also has Pre-Collision Braking and Pre-Collision Throttle Management that step in during unexpected scenarios such as another vehicle swerving into your lane or a clueless pedestrian haphazardly crossing your path.

Last but not least, Lane Sway Warning and Lane Departure Warning alert you when fatigue or inattentiveness kick in and you unintentionally drift out of your lane.

Thoughtful Assistance

Whether you’re a spatially-challenged newbie or not, who says no to a helping hand? The XV has an array of features that feels like having a helpful co-pilot looking out for you on every drive.

Its 360-degree camera system gives you a bird’s eye view of any parking situation, with multiple modes for navigating especially tight spots.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert warns you of people coming across your blind sides while backing out of parking slots, and works in tandem with Reverse Automatic Braking—the latter will stop the car for you in case an obstacle is right behind your bumper.

Reverse Auto-tilt Door Mirrors instantly adjust when you shift into reverse to give you a perfect view of curbs and sidewalks. Never scratch a rim again!

Finally, Blind-Spot Detection alerts you whenever wayward cars and inattentive drivers are in your blind spots so you never get caught off-guard during lane changes or overtaking maneuvers.

Smarter Performance

Budget eco or sport modes often change throttle response from feeling like stepping on soggy carpet to hair-trigger sensitivity.

Remember how driving school taught you to pretend there’s an egg under the pedal? Now you don’t have to be so tense. You can drive in heels, ankle boots, soft sole sneakers—any footwear that tends to make you mash the gas pedal—Intelligent mode knows what you’re trying to do.

With Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE), the XV can be dynamic at speed or smooth in stop-and-go traffic. It’ll even tweak engine maps and transmission ratios to make sure you always get optimal responsiveness and fuel economy.

A Plusher Ride

It may not be the sexiest thing to talk about, but the XV's all-around independent suspension and updated Subaru Global Platform do a lot to cushion the blows of everyday driving, making your rush hour commute a little more bearable.

Premium leather seats complete the cushioning from road to butt. Going for a cheaper option’s loaded spec sheet will never make up for the comfort you get from a vehicle with premium underpinnings.

The best part about these premium features? They’re not some exotic gadgetry that you call on once in a blue moon. Rather, they’re things that you use every time you drive the Subaru XV. It’s the high life every day. Experience it for yourself by booking a test drive on the official Subaru website.

To know more about the Subaru XV, visit Subaru Philippines' official website and Facebook page.

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