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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek was new.


Interior: 7.7

Reviewers say that the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek’s cabin is tastefully designed and has a variety of soft-touch materials. Seats are comfortable, they say, and there’s plenty of room for passengers in the rear seats. While it has a smaller cargo hold than rival crossovers, reviewers say the XV Crosstrek offers enough cargo space to suit most people’s needs. Test drivers say the standard audio system is excellent and that with the exception of the optional navigation system, most controls are straightforward and easy to master.

  • "With plenty of soft-touch materials and a simple, cohesive overall design, the Crosstrek's cabin is a pleasant place to ride out long journeys.” -- Left Lane News
  • "XV Crosstrek's interior is handsome and uses a combination of soft-touch and hard-plastic surfaces." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Built atop the latest Impreza platform, the 5-passenger Subaru XV Crosstrek is decidedly smaller than the popular Outback, but offers plenty of room for four adults or two and a mound of gear." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The cabin is not luxurious by any stretch of the imagination, but nor would you expect it to be. It is functional and cost-effective, with options -- such as the moonroof and nav -- which line it up nicely with other cars in the compact crossover division." -- Jalopnik (2013)


The XV Crosstrek seats five and comes standard with heated front seats, cloth upholstery and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Leather-trimmed seats are available. Reviewers say the XV Crosstrek’s seats are comfortable and well-made, especially in the upper Limited trim, which offers leather. They are impressed with how spacious the cabin is, saying that there’s enough headroom in all seats. There’s plenty of legroom in the back seat, even for tall passengers, test drivers note.

  • "Inside, there are few differences from the Impreza, but the comfortable seats of the Premium model do have distinctive fabric and stitching while the Limited comes with leather." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "Rear-seat space is better than normal for compact cars and even outshines some larger sport utes. A six-footer can sit behind another, with enough foot space, legroom, and headroom to be comfortable. Wide rear doors help ease entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "For such a relatively small vehicle, the Crosstrek has a surprising amount of room inside. I could easily sit behind myself with plenty of headroom. Being 6'2", that's not something I can say about every vehicle." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "We found gallons of front-seat headroom for us two five-foot, 10-inch occupants, not that the former Impreza was a slouch when it came to space up front." -- Autoblog (2013)

Interior Features

The base Subaru XV Crosstrek comes with a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, an auxiliary input and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. Also standard are steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, keyless entry and a security system. Options include a voice-activated navigation system with a touch-screen display, satellite radio, a rearview camera and a moonroof.

Audio and climate controls are centrally located and easy to use, thanks to clearly-labeled knobs, reviewers say. They praise the audio system for its clear sound, but one reviewer says the optional navigation system can be difficult to operate.

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  • “The interior's only significant downside is a cumbersome optional navigation system that's overly fussy and best skipped for an aftermarket unit." -- Left Lane News
  • "The audio system is mounted centrally on the dash and is within easy reach. The climate control system is pleasantly simple to operate via well-marked, easy-to-grip knobs that are mounted below the radio." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "It comes with a 6-speaker system that does sound jolly good. Quality was crisp and it did indeed mask out the engine noise." -- Jalopnik (2013)


The XV Crosstrek has 22.3 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in use and 51.9 cubic feet with the seats folded. That’s on the small side for a compact SUV. By comparison, the Subaru Forester has one of the largest cargo holds in the class at 74.7 cubic feet. Reviewers say the cargo bay in the XV Crosstrek can hold up to three golf bags and that the rear seats are easily folded. One reviewer says there are plenty of interior compartments for the storage of odds and ends.

  • "With the rear seats in place, cargo volume for the XV Crosstrek is 22.3 cu ft, big enough to accommodate three golf bags. It's a simple operation to fold them down -- they split 60/40 and form a flat load floor." -- AutoTrader
  • "Subaru has thoughtfully included a nice rubbery-plastic cargo tray for the rear cargo floor. Interior small-item storage is better than average. There are bottle holders in all four doors (the front doors have additional storage space as well), a large open compartment in front of the shifter, a bi-level tray aft the shifter, two console cupholders with a retractable cover, and a generously sized glovebox." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Cargo space is roomy at 22.3 cu. ft, enough to fulfill most activities a young, hip so-and-so could dream up." -- Jalopnik (2013)

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