Subaru is one of the old tried-and-true car manufacturers that continues to pump out trustworthy, capable vehicles for city-goers and adventurers alike. The Subaru XV definitely lives up to the makes name, but has its own unique features that put it apart from previous models. It can be confusing researching the XV because there are actually four different cars that fit under this name. We’ll walk you through the differences in each version including specs and varying price options so you know what you’re working with! At a glance though, the XV settles in nicely with its predecessors, while making an attempt at contemporary design.
While Subaru has stopped making the manual version of the 2.0i, the XV is still available in four different versions, all with their own unique features and advantages.
2.0i automatic: 6.5 inch touchscreen, keyless entry and push button ignition, bluetooth, Apple Carplay and Android auto, CD player but no digital DAB, 6-speaker sound system, 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, cloth seats and halogen lighting. It has the X-Mode traction system, stop-start engine, and both climate and cruise control. Weights 1462 kg.
2.0i-L: This features everything from the 2.0i but includes a larger, 8 inch touch screen, and dual zone climate control. It also has an upgraded cloth trim. This model features AEB and the Subaru Eyesight safety system.
2.0i premium: This version does include everything from the previous models but the extra cost allows for GPS and satellite navigation as well as an electric sunroof.
2.0i-S: This version has LED rather than halogen lights as well as daytime running lights, it has leather seats, alloy pedals, 18-inch alloy wheels, more inclusive Vision assist safety system. Weights 1484 kgs.
2.0i automatic: $27,990 (reduced fy $1,200 from previous retail price)
2.0i premium: $32,140
$3,000 will also get you the STI Enkei alloy wheels that some will argue have a much higher aesthetic.
$1,591.20 to add the Explorer Tow Bar kit, not included in any models.
While the boot has a significantly wider entrance that may allow for easier packing, the actual capacity is still roughly the same, and relatively small, as previous models at 310 Litres. One of the best improvements is not only the comfort of the back row seats, but the addition of leg room! Taller adults will now comfortably fit behind driver’s that also have a roomy seat position, and no issue overhead. The electric handbrake means the centre console is larger, and there are four of each for cup holders and bottle holders throughout the cabin. While the boot space doesn’t boast much, in-cabin comfort is definitely a plus in this case.
Engine and Fuel
All of the new versions of the XV feature the same 2.0L four-cylinder engine that runs on petrol. In comparison to previous models, these ones make 115kW and 196Nm torque, which is nearly the same as before. While all of the XV’s still have the same CVT there is now an AWD X-Mode that allows for greater off-road traction and we all know that Subaru owners at least like the idea of going off road! The combined fuel rating is 7.0L per 100km, which is comparable to rival models and was close to the rate of many testers who included off-road conditions.
Safety Features and Warranty
Warranty is three years with unlimited kilometres and can be serviced every twelve months as opposed to six like the previous models.
The newer XVs earned a stunning five-star ANCAP rating, making it one of the safest cars on the market. While the XV’s have the basic safety features of other cars in its market, they are also fitted with the unique “eyesight” system developed by Subaru. This system includes brake light recognition, lane-drifting detection and many others that compensate for tired drivers or dangerous conditions. There are front and side airbags as well as curtain and knee bags for the driver’s side.
For child seats there are two ISOFIX mounts and three top tether points.
If you opt for the high-range 2.0i-S you will also enjoy the ‘Vision Assist’ program that features blind-spot monitoring, adaptive high beams, lane change assistance, and AEB with rear cross traffic alerts.
Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V and the Chevrolet Trax.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Great looking exterior, excellent alternative to the traditional smaller SUV, top of the line safety features for the higher end 2.0i-S.
Cons: The boot is small for storage and the engine could be updated but it is sufficient for the average driver’s needs, especially with the excellent safety features.
SUBARU – FORESTER
The Subaru name has held onto its reputation during its years of slowly evolving from station wagon to mid-sized SUV. While the popular Forester looks remarkably different today, it retains its ability to swing between a rugged, country, off-road vehicle and a sensible every day car for around town. The 2016 range continues to have a reasonable pricing spread with some of the best information and support in servicing that is available.
If you’re selling a Subaru Forester, it’s important that you know the ins and outs of these cars and its various models so you know how your particular Forester compares and how the nuances may affect how much you can sell for. The same goes for buying. One of the most important things to do is simply get under the car and have a look at any damage. Foresters are known for their ground clearance that enables drivers to go off road. While this means that there is more room to spare down there, it also means the car is more likely to have faced some tougher terrain.
Make sure the clutch is still in good condition. The turbocharged models tend to be fitted with a sacrificial clutch so that it can be replaced instead of more valuable transmission parts. Also, of course, make sure the engine is still in good nic as used Forester’s tend to rack up thousands of kilometres with their keen owners more likely to take long road trips and cross-country drives.
Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, let’s have a detailed look at the 2016 Forester to get a benchmark for buying and selling this popular car.
If you’re buying a Subaru Forester, keep some of these other models in mind as you’re perusing your options. These tend to fall into similar price brackets and have similar features.
If you’re buying or selling a Forester it’s important to remember that within this specific model there are several different variations depending on engine and transmission. We’ll list all of the as new prices for the 2016 range below with a rough estimate of current for-sale price in brackets. Keep in mind, when the 2016 family launched, Subaru kept prices the same!
Entry level 2.0i-L manual still starts at $29,990 ($23-28,000)
The 2.5i-L auto costs $32,990 ($24-32,000)
The 2.5i-S auto costs $39,490 ($26-43,000)
The 2.0D-L manual costs $33,490 ($26-38,000)
The 2.0D-L auto goes for $35,490 ($26-38,000)
The 2.0D-S manual costs $39,490 ($32-45,000)
The 2.0D-S auto costs $41,490 ($32-45,000)
The higher range 2.0XT auto costs $40,990 ($33-39,000)
THe top-of-the-line 2.0XT Premium auto caps out at $47,990 ($36-44,000)
Keep in mind that all new prices listed do not include on-road costs, and used prices listed are all inclusive and represent cars in good conditions that are listed for private sale.
As you can see from the price spread, there are at least nine possible options when it comes to choosing a Forester, and this doesn’t include any limited edition offers. While it’s not necessary to go into the precise differences between each and every version (most of that lies in the Engine and Transmission section below), it’s important to know what you can expect at least from the base model, plus a few notable extras.
To start with, what has changed from the equally-priced predecessors of the Forester? Not much at first glance, but there are definitely improvements. For starters, you’ll now have 18-inch alloy wheels and the front grille is entirely new. You’ll also notice a modified suspension and a thicker stabiliser bar with a steering ratio down to 14:1 from 15.5:1. Some models also feature steering responsive headlights and daytime running lights, and all models have thicker window glass to cut down on road noise.
While the interior is certainly not as flash as competitors, it appeals to the more functional owner who enjoys the combo of city and off-road experience rather than luxurious infotainment and expensive looking upholstery. Basically, it impresses more in its capabilities than its design finesse.
The Forester has definitely grown and the dimensions defend its place in the medium-sized SUV category. Boot capacity goes from 422L with seats up to 1481L with rear seats folded. The back seats are roomy enough for adults to ride comfortably and there is plenty of room for child seats.
From the outside, the Forester runs 4,610 mm lengthwise and 1,795 in width. The 1.735mm in height represent both its spaciousness as well as it’s off-ground clearance. Reports say that the floor is still low enough for your dog to easily hop in.
Lane departure alerts, forward collision warning and isofix attachment for child seats.
Lacking lane change assist, blind-spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert. Subaru’s other models like the Outback and the Liberty do include these updated safety features so you might consider looking at these if safety is your first priority when buying a Subaru.
Engine and Transmission
The CVT (continuously variable transmission) fitted to the entire Forester range signifies Subaru’s values to provide a car balanced in both performance and consumption standards. While it’s not terrible, it definitely makes for a noisy and slightly bumpier ride. It’s not a deal-breaker but it definitely makes you glad for the thicker window update in the 2016 range.
Consumption and Emissions
Below we’ve listed models from lowest consumption to highest:
2.0D-L, 2.0D-S manual both have a combined rating of 5.9L per 100km.
2.0D-L automatic has a combined rating of 6.3L/100km.
2.0D-S automatic has a combined rating of 6.4L/100km.
2.0i-L manual has a combined rating of 7.2L/100km.
2.5i-L, 2.5i-S auto has a combined rating of 8.1L per 100km.
The XT, XT Premium has a combined rating of 8.5L/100km.
Emissions range from 148 to 197g/km starting with the manual 2.0D and finishing with the XT turbo.
Basic warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles. This includes 24-hour roadside assistance and they are also extremely transparent when it comes to servicing costs and informing the owner before work is done.
What our experts say:
Pros: Good consumption rating, spacious, happy balance between off-road and city car.
Cons: Noticeably lacking in pulling power, especially up hills or with a full car.