For many owners, Subaru’s Crosstrek is loyal like a Labrador and just as eager to go anywhere.
The surprise success for Subaru has spawned a second generation and we’re here in Geneva to check it out.
Based on the newest Impreza, the Crosstrek doesn’t stray far from the formula that made it a success last time around. The tall-riding wagon is essentially an Impreza wagon with a lift and some body cladding. It sports the same overall length and height as last year’s version—so it should be as versatile—but with one extra inch between the wheels, it might be a little more comfortable for back-seat passengers.
Inside, the Impreza is dressed up with better interior materials, courtesy the Impreza. An 8.0-inch touchscreen with Subaru’s newest infotainment system is standard, and Apple CarPlay is included.
The standard upholstery is an upgrade too, but still retains the “wash and ready” feel of the old model. Getting the last Crosstrek dirty was never much of an issue for owners.
What was an issue for many owners, however, maybe hasn’t yet been resolved. The new Crosstrek retains the same 2-liter flat-4 found in the old model, with a rather anemic 154 horsepower this time. Subaru has ditched the manual transmission this time around and will only offer a CVT automatic with the Crosstrek, something we weren’t entirely thrilled with in the Impreza.
Nonetheless, the Crosstrek still boasts standard all-wheel drive and new this year is “X-Mode,” which was ported over from the Forester to help climb out of especially tricky off-road situations.
Subaru says they’ve made the Crosstrek quieter inside, stiffer, and better to drive on the road, but we won’t know yet until we’ve had a chance to put it through its paces.
We’ll know more, like price and trim levels, as we get closer to the on-sale date, which will be later this year.