The Japanese automotive giant Subaru did not want to compete with other carmakers in segments which were already popular and dominated by them. Instead, what Subaru did was a return to the feature that was their biggest and best selling-point for years before. They focused on the all-wheel-drive aspect of their vehicles and developed it to the perfection, giving birth to one of the most stable cars in the compact crossover segment - the Subaru Crosstrek. Here’s what you need to know.

The Versatility Of The Crosstrek

At first glance, the Crosstrek is a four-wheeler for which most would likely say that its 2.0-litre, 152-horsepower engine can’t offer many options for fun. Nonetheless, the Crosstrek comes in several trim levels to make up for the lack of engine diversity. Although the Convenience trim will cut some of the luxurious features from the car, it is a proper option for people who do not want to spend big money on a four-wheeler, but still, want a remarkably stable and reliable car. The other two trim levels are the Touring and the Sport, which are pretty much self-explanatory. All of the trims come in both six-speed traditional manual and CVT automatic transmissions. The CVT has a manual mode as well, which is regulated by the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.

Upgraded Look

The look of the Crosstrek closely resembles its predecessor, although, there were some minor alterations to freshen it up. The biggest difference has been made around the wheel area. The wheel arches are now more prominent, the rocker panel is a bit lower and the roof rails are also modified, giving the car a chiselled, sportier look. It is much sleeker than the traditional rugged Subaru look, making it more appealing to the younger audience.

Subaru was never a company that focused on the design of its interiors. In other words, this is a carmaker that always emphasized performance over interior design. Somewhat surprisingly, then, that the Crosstrek is proper eye-candy on the inside. The interior comes in two variants: the clothed interior and leather interior. Both of these variants are extremely comfortable and elegant. Similar to the Impreza model, the cabin is incredibly spacious and comes with dual-zone climate control. The Crosstrek also has additional legroom and shoulder room, which contributes to the comfort of both the driver and the passengers. All of the seats in the Crosstrek are heated. The cargo room is generous and the rear trunk door is plenty wide, making the trunk more accessible.

Maximum Control on Any Road

Driving the Crosstrek feels like driving a much larger car than it really is. It feels considerably substantial on the road, all the while allowing you to feel in complete control of the vehicle. The reason for this is the platform on which the car was built. The same platform and framework were used on the rejuvenated Impreza model. The car uses independent double-wishbone rear suspension that improves control and stability. This results in the Crosstrek driving incredibly smooth even over rough patches of the road. Nonetheless, its strongest point is the control of the vehicle in unfavourable conditions. Its AWD assures that stability and traction are in your total control – this was achieved through tireless testing on the swirly roads on the Japanese mountains near Tokyo.

Although the Subaru Crosstrek is incredibly safe even when driven on wet and snow-covered roads, this is not its biggest safety feature. People who value the safety of their car should definitely go for the EyeSight Package, featuring the EyeSight system that comes with additional safety measures. Subaru is mostly famous for its pre-collision braking systems and their lane-departure warning systems. Because of this, Subaru’s models are one of the safest accident-preventing vehicles out there on the market. As a result, take the Subaru Crosstrek 2018 under serious consideration if you’re looking to make a sound and reliable investment.