It seems the new Subaru XV has made a good start in the UK. This new crossover 4×4 is vital for the UK importer to re-establish its financial fortune in the UK, after a dreadful 2011 (see First Drive, page 22). First signs are good with February 2012 registrations up a staggering 86 per cent – but then last year was so bad, percentages can be a little misleading. However, the new XV was only available in the 60-strong Subaru dealer network at the beginning of February, and interest has proved very strong. As we discovered when testing the vehicle, the XV should prove to be a strong contender in the crossover market, especially when linked with the company’s highly comprehensive aftercare package being offered to all new owners. It is thought a new Forrester is on the way to the UK to further restore Subaru’s position in the UK.