XV Winter Prep

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The annual underbelly power wash and under seal on the XV. Just in time before winter set in with its nasty salty roads!

It’s not just the top side that needs looking after !

Hand wire brushed to remove flaky stuff.
Degreesed/power washed.
Left to try before applying Dinitrol 4941 underseal.

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First XV road trip adventure of the year

Couple days away up into the Highlands of Scotland taking in some of the road often missed out by the NC500. #VisitScotland

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Subaru XV / Crosstrek Snow & Ice Hill Start

I’ve always been one for a challenge. Been waiting a while for snot in order to test the capabilities on the Subaru XV / Crosstrek on a challenging situation.

Take one private estate in the North of Scotland. A UK Spec Subaru XV Diesel. A set of Michelin Cross Climate Tyres, part worn, less than 3mm tread. And finally, snow & ice covered Hill.

I knew the car was capable of driving up the slope no problem, where other cars struggled and indeed failed in these conditions. Far too easy for the Subaru 🙂

But what about, stopping part way up and then starting off again? Could it possibly gain enough traction in order to pull it safely up the hill? Take a look at the video below and see the results.


Subaru XV Snow & Ice Hill Start Test

Note: I know the video isn’t the best quality and background noise distorted due to the heater being on. But no modifications to the car. Just stopped part way up, let the hill control release so the car it started to roll back then pulled away in 1st gear with no fuss

Quick Sunday Winter Wash

Quick Sunday winter wash to clear away some of that nasty salt and grime

Testing out the autofinesse avalanche foam for first time! Me likely! Comes out the bottle more like a gel and really doesn’t need too much of it to get a thick foam. My new favourite!

2019 Subaru Crosstrek/XV PHEV

Interesting review of the phev xv/crosstrek.

Bad points for me? Quite a bit of boot space lost 🙁 and no flappy paddle to manually override the CVT. Would want that for the b roads.

Other bad point, so far at least, is no turbo option. Just 2.0 normally aspirated. Still want to see them try the 1.6 turbo from the levorg. I think that would make a good combo for performance and economy.

Good points? Performance sounds similar ish to diesel xv! And can run on full electric for town driving.

Real world mpg still not really known. Hoping to see 45+ but balancing that with electric for short journeys and town driving could possibly justify it.