Subaru XV toughens up

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 29, 2016

Just over two weeks after its official international unveiling, Subaru South Africa has released details of its refreshed XV crossover.

Once again based on the underpinnings of the fourth generation Impreza hatch, which indecently remains a no-no for South Africa, external changes to the XV include a slightly revised grille, reshaped front bumper and foglights, the latter now with chrome surrounds, new head-and taillight clusters, extended boot spoiler and 17-inch black / silver alloy wheels.

Inside, the XV now features the same interior layout as the Legacy and Outback, with a new touchscreen infotainment display taking pride of place on the facia, while the steering wheel boast satellite audio controls, voice recognition and for the Multi-mode trip computer.

In addition, the aforementioned infotainment system boasts Bluetooth audio streaming and Siri-Eyes for Apple iPhones, whereas models fitted with the optional Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), are again offered with steering wheel mounted shift paddles.

Underneath the bonnet, the XV remains unchanged with power still coming from a 2.0-litre normally aspirated flat-four petrol engine that makes 110 kW and 196 N.m of torque. A six-speed speed manual or the previously mentioned CVT are entrusted with sending the grunt to the road via Subaru’s famed Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system.

A five year / 120 000 km service plan is standard on all models.

 

PRICING

MODEL PRICE
2.0i R341 000
2.0i CVT R361 000
2.0i-S CVT R399 000