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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is "Crossover of the Year" in Scotland

The 2014 Subaru XV has been awarded the "Crossover of the Year" by Press & Journal in Scotland.

Crossovers are becoming popular all over the globe, and Subaru’s XV is getting praise from the Scottish press. The 2014 XV Crosstrek has received another award for its efficiency, and sporty character, but it comes from an unlikely place, Scotland. Crossovers are a “cross” between an SUV and a wagon and feature variable degrees of both vehicles. Subaru has created a niche market with their multi-use vehicles and they are catching on around the globe, not just here in the U.S.

The Subaru XV is the Japanese automakers latest example of why people are attracted to the brand. They introduced the new XV crossover in 2012 and it’s the number two selling vehicle in Subaru’s lineup just behind the popular new 2014 Forester. The 2014 Subaru VX has now received recognition by the Press & Journal in Scotland. It’s been named the “Crossover of the Year” by the Scottish publication.

The Press & Journal are impressed with the Subaru XV and said, “The Subaru XV is a smart looking crossover that offers the best All-Wheel drive system in its class and some charismatic engines. Recent changes to pricing make it one of the more affordable choices in the sector and it remains one of the most capable and secure options when the weather turns really nasty.”

The Subaru XV is more than just a pretty face among crossovers. The XV has also won UK’s “SUV of the Year” by UK’s 4x4 Magazine last year. The new XV went up against some stiff competition to win the award. The Industry-leading 4x4 Magazine put the XV Crosstrek through its paces, both on- and off-road before being crowned the class winner in one of the hardest-fought categories in a special ‘4x4 of the Year’ issue. The small crossover SUV market has expanded rapidly in the last few years and the XV beat out popular rivals from Audi, Kia, Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen. 4x4 Magazine placed Subaru’s latest All-Wheel Drive model ahead of them all.

This most recent “Crossover of the Year” award is about styling, packaging and utility. Press & Journal went on to say, “The issue in this segment is about packaging and presenting this cleaver engineering in a way that's appealing to mainstream customers. With the XV, this is sorted. It looks good, it's a reasonable size, it drives well and it will undoubtedly be very reliable.”

The new five-door 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is based on the Impreza hatchback, but comes with a more rugged off-road chassis with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, larger tires with 17-inch alloy wheels, larger front brakes, a larger fuel tank and special black wheel arch and rocker panel cladding. The XV has the ability to be a daily commuter during the week, and an off-road trail runner on the weekends.

The 2014 Subaru XV is now Subarus number two selling multi-use vehicle in the lineup. And the XV now comes in a new Black Limited Edition and new hybrid model. XV Crosstrek is getting more recognition around the globe and we’ll see if it overtakes the Forester in 2014.