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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek was new.


Interior: 7.6

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek’s cabin has a tasteful design and top-notch materials, including lots of soft-touch surfaces, automotive journalists agree. They say the dashboard is well laid-out, with straightforward audio and climate controls, and most find the new Starlink infotainment system easy to use. Although the 2015 XV Crosstrek has less cargo space than most rivals, reviewers agree that there’s still enough space to stow large items.

  • "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
  • "We also like the … tastefully finished cabin." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The simple interior is fitted with straightforward controls, good-quality materials and comfortable seats." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "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 on standard cloth upholstery. Heated front seats and leather upholstery are available. Reviewers say the XV Crosstrek has a large rear seat and plenty of headroom for tall adults in both rows. While most test drivers think the Subaru XV Crosstrek’s seats are generally comfortable, some point out that they become less comfortable on longer trips.

  • The Subaru's cloth-covered seats were comfortable and supportive over the first day's fourteen hours, less so over the next day's eight." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "As befits a car built to inspire wandering and adventure, the XV Crosstrek is slightly roomier than a base Impreza and there's even plenty of room for 6-foot-tall drivers and passengers." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "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)

Interior Features

The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek comes with a rearview camera, a Starlink infotainment system with a 6.2-inch touch-screen display, smartphone app integration, a USB port and Bluetooth. Optional features include a voice-activated navigation system, an upgraded Starlink system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, hands-free text messaging, push-button start, dual USB ports, satellite radio, automatic climate control and a moonroof. Subaru’s EyeSight system is also available, which adds adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure warning.

Test drivers agree that the XV Crosstrek’s dashboard controls have a logical layout and are easy to use. Additionally, they write that the new Starlink infotainment and navigation systems are user-friendly.

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  • "Front and center is an improved infotainment system called Starlink that emphasizes apps and user friendliness, putting this little Subaru on more competitive footing, and letting us recommend the navigation system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Subaru XV Crosstrek follows a template similar to its Impreza counterpart, with a clean and minimalist interior design featuring simple, logically arranged controls." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "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)


The XV Crosstrek has 22.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 51.9 cubic feet with them folded. That’s less cargo space than most rivals offer. Still, several reviewers say the XV Crosstrek’s cargo bay has more than enough space for storing large items. Some others point out that while there’s a good amount of space when the rear seats are folded, when they’re in use, cargo space is especially compromised. A few auto writers are pleased with the ample interior small storage spaces.

  • "With a wheelbase of almost 104 inches, and overall length of just 175 inches, this is a very compact footprint. And that compactness is fully evident when trying to load it with luggage while the rear seat is up. Subaru claims 22 cubic feet, but the actual space feels smaller. Fold the rear seat forward and you'll enjoy almost 52 cubic feet, enough to carry a bike and maybe a board." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • 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 (2014)
  • "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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