Featuring all the XV’s best attributes at a nicer price, the new models allow scope for a greater market to enter into the Subaru brand.
The new Subaru XV 2.0i models - which are available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission - have been based on the original XV and slot in beneath the XV 2.0i-S Lineartronic CVT, which continues unchanged as the range topper. The Subaru XV is a high-riding, crossover hatchback with excellent ground clearance, an all-terrain personality and comfortable dynamics, no matter what the driving environment may present.
Powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder normally aspirated Boxer petrol engine and featuring Subaru’s legendary symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, the XV is the perfect vehicle for lifestyle buyers, easily fulfilling roles as a city runabout, holiday cruiser or even proper off-roader. The crossover concept and confident packaging means the Subaru XV is a complete all-rounder.
The low-mounted and smooth-operating Boxer engine produces 110kW of power and 196Nm of torque, making it perfectly suited to any XV application. Coupled to the symmetrical all-wheel drive system, which results in a low vehicle centre of gravity, the drivetrain contributes greatly to the XV’s surefooted on-road handling dynamics as well as creating a smooth and comfortable drive.
Fuel economy is impressive and the Lineartronic CVT models feature even better fuel economy on the combined average (7.9 litres/100 km) than their manual counterparts (8.0 litres/100 km) - an example of how Subaru’s high levels of advanced engineering are amongst the best in the world.
The new ‘standard grade’ models still incorporate high levels of specification and safety albeit at a more affordable price than the range-topping i-S model. Standard features in the new models include auto-levelling halogen headlights, front fog lights, colour-coded door handles, 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, automatic single-zone air conditioning with dust filter, sports fabric seats, a multi-function steering wheel, a premium audio system with Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary integration, cruise control, paddle shifts (CVT model only) and a gear-shift indicator (manual model only).
The 2.0i-S Lineartronic continues to feature enhanced standard specifications as before, featuring HID headlights, chrome detailing, a sunroof, leather-bound steering wheel and gear lever, aluminium pedals, dual-zone automatic climate control and the multi-function display (MFD) with reversing camera above the new standard models’ specification levels. Options across the XV range include full leather upholstery and satellite navigation.
Crucially, no compromise has been undertaken on safety, to ensure that the Subaru XV still reflects Subaru’s fastidious focus on safety in all its products. The XV boasts five-star safety ratings from Euro NCAP and ANCAP. All XV models still feature ABS with EBD and BAS, VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control), HSA (Hill Start Assist), seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, a reinforced body shell and Isofix child-seat anchors.
The new Subaru XV range now incorporates three distinct models, all of which come standard with Subaru Assist, a 3-year/ 100 000km warranty and a 3-year/ 75 000km maintenance plan with extension options available.
Subaru XV 2.0i 6MT R299 000
Subaru XV 2.0i Lineartronic CVT R314 000
Subaru XV 2.0i-S Lineartronic CVT R345 000