2012 Subaru XV gets five stars at the Euro NCAP crash tests

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 25, 2011

After having undergone the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) safety performance tests, the new Subaru XV was given the maximum five-star safety rating. It scored very high in the occupant protection category and was recognized for having a full range of safety features. This is the newest crossover vehicle from Subaru, the All-Wheel-Drive specialists from Japan.

The Subaru Impreza and Legacy/Outback had been recipients of the five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP’s safety performance test, which is known as the industry standard throughout Europe and is considered one of the most rigorous programmes worldwide.

But even with these awards, Subaru decided to improve the occupant safety in its most recent model even more. The XV is equipped with Subaru’s symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system.

This model is also where Subaru chose to introduce an advanced impact energy relay structure, guaranteeing that the driver and passengers are well-protected during a collision.

In this modern design, high-tensile steel is used to enhance safety and decrease weight. What’s offered as standard are the dual front and side airbags, as well as the driver’s knee, curtain and torso airbags to score more points for side protection.

Another feature that’s available as standard across the XV model range is VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control – Subaru’s version of ESP). It offers heightened stability through the use of sensors throughout the AWD system.

Subaru XV boasts a new kind of crossover design, combining a flowing style with a high body and side cladding that emphasizes a sense of security. Its elegant silhouette shows off the passenger compartment, the creatively designed wheels, and a cut-away cladding. The new Subaru XV also has many other features that hint at the car’s athletic exterior design and an overall fun-loving characteristic.

Moreover, the XV also has the hawk eye-style headlights and hexagonal front grille that are both distinctive Subaru features. And because of its larger design and new plating, the front grille gives the Subaru XV an impression of power and strength and allows it to look like it belongs with other models in the Subaru fleet of vehicles.

Subaru XV’s headlights look bold, like hawk’s eyes, efficiently illuminating a wide area and possessing a range of other functional enhancements. Meanwhile, the fog lamps boast an attractive design and blend seamlessly into the front bumper.

The car also has aluminum wheels that are innovatively designed and that convey a sense of depth while also staying fashionably urban. The vehicle portrays different impressions when it is immobile and when it is running, thanks to the silver spokes and black surroundings that display great contrast.

Subaru has strategically made omissions for the XV, like not applying its distinctive side cladding all around so that the car shows an enhanced sense of comfort and dynamism. It also developed a new grain to emphasize the play of light and shadow and to make the tires look bigger than they really are, thus creating a mixed impression of athleticism, safety, and reliability.

Press Release


Subaru’s new compact crossover, the XV, has received the highest possible safety rating in crash safety tests in the USA.

Subjecting the Subaru XV to moderate overlap frontal, side rollover and impact tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the car a ‘good’ rating, which is the top rank across all tests.

Earlier in 2012, the XV was also awarded five stars in the rigorous Euro NCAP safety tests, receiving the highest score ever recorded for child occupant protection at 90 per cent.

Subaru remains the only manufacturer with IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick’ awards for its entire model range currently on sale across North America – an accolade that the manufacturer has held for three consecutive years. Top Safety Pick is conferred on those vehicles that receive ‘good’ ratings in each crash safety test conducted by the IIHS.

As well as an all-steel unitary structure and a large number of standard-fit airbags (dual front and side, driver’s knee, curtain and torso airbags) for excellent passive crash safety performance, Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control system and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive also contribute to world class road-holding in all conditions. Ultra high-tensile steel is also used for key sections of the bodyshell to improve rigidity while keeping the XV’s kerb weight down.

“The Subaru XV continues to rack up an impressive collection of safety accolades, and since the new compact crossover arrived in the UK at the start of the year, it has remained one of the safest cars on the road,” commented Darren James, Managing Director, Subaru UK. “Our brand statement is ‘Confidence in Motion’, and the XV’s active, passive and hazard avoidance technologies are the perfect embodiment of this.”

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