The rating of the Subaru XV has been upgraded from 2011 to 2012. The car is unchanged and test results have been carried over from the previous year. The 2012 rating reflects the performance of the XV against Euro NCAP's latest requirements.
In the frontal impact, the passenger compartment remained stable. However, there was rupture of several spot-welds in the driver's footwell and the car was penalised. Subaru have informed Euro NCAP that they have made improvements to the welding in this area. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. However, structures in the dashboard were thought to pose a risk to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, the XV scored maximum points with good protection of all body areas. However, in the more severe side pole test, dummy readings of rib compression indicated weak chest protection. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.
Based on dummy readings in the dynamic crash tests, the XV scored maximum points for its protection of the 18 month infant. In the frontal impact, forward movement of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was not excessive. In the side impact, both dummies were properly contained by their restraints, minimising the possibility of dangerous head contacts. The front passenger airbag of the XV is by default off, allowing a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. The airbag is turned on only when an occupant of a suitable size is detected in the seat. The system met Euro NCAP's requirements and was rewarded.
The bumper scored maximum points for its protection of pedestrians' legs. However, the front edge of the bonnet was poor in all areas tested and scored no points. In most areas where a child's head might strike, the bonnet provided good protection. However, the protection provided in those areas where an adult's head would strike was predominantly poor or marginal.
Electronic stability control is standard equipment on the XV, as is a seatbelt reminder system for the driver, passenger and rear seats. A speed limitation device is not offered on the XV.