Subaru’s XV is weird. It’s classed as small but is much bigger than the others in its segment; it’s a city SUV but promises impressive off-road skills, and then there are those, um, unique looks. 

Now the second-generation MY18 XV has arrived, looking just like the previous one, but so much has changed that you can’t see. But is it for the better?

We were among the first to drive the top-of-the-range 2.0i-S grade at its Australian launch.

2017 Subaru XV 2.0i-S. 2017 Subaru XV 2.0i-S.