Subaru sets itself apart from the SUV set with second-generation XV hatch.
The Japanese brand is preparing to launch its new hatch-cum-SUV in Australia, with the previous generation crossover proving a hit with local motorist and importantly filling a position of need in the brand’ SUV line-up below the mid-sized Forester.
Subaru has done away with a manual transmission option for the XV and instead will only offer a CVT auto across the range, this in turn increases the true point of entry into the range compared to the outgoing model.
However, as a counterpoint to this Subaru has slashed $1250 off the price of the new entry-level XV 2.0i auto model, down to $27,990 before on-road costs, compared to the past generation.
The entry 2.0i model, like all XVs, will be powered by the brand’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine which produces 115kW and 196Nm, a slight increase of 5kW. All XVs are equipped with Subaru’s all-wheel drive system.
While standard exterior touches for the 2.0i includes 17-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, rear privacy glass and a rear spoiler. Inside the XV scores an 8.0-inch touchscreen which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, Bluetooth and power windows and mirrors.
Safety equipment includes seven airbags, reversing camera and autonomous emergency braking. The XV also comes fitted with Subaru’s torque vectoring system, which pushes torque to specific wheels when cornering.
The next model up is the $30,340 2.0i-L, which adds a higher-quality touchscreen which can be controlled by steering wheel mounted buttons, electric folding mirrors, leather trimmed steering wheel and gear lever, higher grade cloth trim and Subaru’s Eyesight safety tech which includes lane keep assist.
While the $32,140 2.0i Premium adds an electric sunroof and in-built navigation.
The range topping 2.0i-S is priced from $35,240 and brings 18-inch alloy wheels, alloy pedals, auto headlights and wipers, adaptive LED headlights, chrome exterior door handles, heated mirrors and leather trim.
While uprated safety tech includes blind spot monitoring, high beam assist, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert and auto reverse braking.
The XV also benefits from Subaru’s new improved three year capped price servicing regime that has intervals of 12,500km/12-month.
First deliveries of the new XV are expected by mid-June.
2017 Subaru XV prices*
2.0i – $27,990
2.0i-L – $30,340
2.0i Premium – $32,140
2.0i-S – $35,240
*All prices exclude on-road costs