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.
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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.