Good, but should be betterAfter being so in love with my 2007 Forester for many years, I decided to treat myself to a new one. But because cars are getting so unnecessarily bulky these days, I decided that the Crosstrek (formerly the XV) would be so much more fun. And it is.
And unfortunately there are more buts than I should have to deal with, in a once-in-a-lifetime brand new vehicle.
The paintwork will mark if you as much as look at it, and I am so very careful. Especially on the plastic components of the body (which there are more of than I thought possible), t... Read morehe in my case red paint does not seem to adhere too well. Also, despite there not being a key, and me keeping my fingernails short, after only 5 months I already have hairline marks around the door handles. One paint flaw was already there from new, and I had to get a touch up stick at my expense to cover it up. Driving it is fun. I just wish it was not so noisy, and what's really horrible is that you can't leave the windows open when driving, especially not the rear ones, without having to put up with some unbearable noise that is created by whichever way the wind flows over the openings. Some of the interior surfaces also mark too easily, whatever material most of the dash is made from feels weirdly tacky and is not easily wiped down from dust. The eyesight system takes up a ridiculous amount of your windscreen, and therefore severely reduces the view. The Infotainment system can be glitchy; at the moment mind drops in and out too often. The heated seats are so hot even on the "Lo" setting, that you can't have them on for more than a couple of minutes or you'd roast your backside. Don't want to even think about what "Hi" would be like. And really, for $43,000 or so (I have the "middle model", I would have expected much better sound from my radio as standard. (talking about "standard", the rear bumper protector is not. If I had not bought one, that area would now be totally destroyed, the paintwork is so poor.) Driving it also feels bumpy and hard at times. But yes, it IS fun. And especially on unsealed roads it is REALLY fun. And that's why I bought it. It's the only car in its class that comes with standard AWD. It is fun until it tries to either kill the cyclist you were just trying to give a good 1.5m by pulling against you as you overtake, or even tries to kill you; like when a kangaroo jumped into my lane from the side of the road early one morning and I had to take evasive action in a split second reaction. My car seemed to think I'd get extra points for hitting the roo, so it tried to pull me back towards it. It's called "lane departure prevention". It's meant to be a "safety feature", but it is nothing but outrageously dangerous. I have no idea who invents this garbage. And yes, you can turn the feature off (leaving countless, irritating, glary orange warning lights on your dash), just like all the other annoying and overly distracting "safety features", but you have to do so every time, and of course I don't always remember.... as my car yet again tries to steer me towards some bollards as a join a freeway in roadworks that has multiple and confusing lane markings, that my car does not know how to deal with. But it IS fun. I AM enjoying it. But I really, really wish I could just have had it in it's purest form, without all the blinging and blinking and jingling (and therefore probably at a good few thousand $$ less than it is now). No wonder road deaths are on the up, when cars are behaving increasingly erratically. Just to provide some balance though, nice features include the auto distance (to the car in front) function with your cruise control, the wireless phone charging, Apple Car play, and a few other gimmicks. And the seats are very comfortable and can be adjusted infinitely, for any size person. And the cargo area with seats down, despite the disappointingly low litre volume, provides surprising storage when it comes to length. I can easily fit my road or triathlon bike into the back, plus some other clutter alongside it. I love the way the car tells my phone where I parked it; I am rather useless at finding it, not being blessed with a natural sense of direction. And it looks hot! And the ground clearance compared to similar type vehicles is just spectacular. I still do like mine. Any time it doesn't think it knows better than I do. But when it does, it puts me into a right foul mood and then I wish I'd have my chance over, to buy that one, once-in-a-lifetime new car and perhaps choose differently. Maybe an Outback even. But now I'll never get that chance again, so this will have to do. (Ps; I had initially put this into mediation, but nobody from Subaru ever contacted me.... really disappointing that they don't seem to care, especially regarding the "dodgy" safety features.
STUPID cosmetic flaw--otherwise very nice w/ room for improvementSTUPID cosmetic flaw--otherwise very nice w/ room for improvement
We purchased a 2024 Crosstrek, after driving a 2006 Forester for 17 years. We plan to travel locally, plus some distance across Australia, on paved roads.
The bad stuff:
1. Hand sanitizer will PERMANENTLY MAR the shiny surface of the area around the (automatic, cvt) stick-shift--our warranty claim was REFUSED (never mind the ongoing PANDEMIC).
2. The speedometer is no longer central--now on right, with current speed displayed in large numbers in the centre, and the speed limi… Read more · 1
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|Small / Compact SUVs
|All Wheel Drive (AWD)
|Hybrid and Petrol
|Android Auto (Wireless), Apple CarPlay (Wireless) and Bluetooth
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)
|360°, Blindspot, Front, Rear and Wing Mirrors
|Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Forward Collision Warning
|Built-In Navigation System
|Heads Up Display
|Digital Radio (DAB+)
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