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2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review

If Subaru Australia gets the pricing anywhere near right, it could very well have another SUV success story on its hands in the all-new Subaru XV.

The Subaru XV goes on sale in Australia in the first week of 2012, sporting a chunky, high-riding body, a refined and well-appointed cabin and a range of new powertrain technologies designed to dramatically increase efficiency.

If the base model Subaru XV is priced below $30,000 (and this is a strong possibility, given the outgoing Impreza XV started at $27,490), it will have a significant price advantage over its direct all-wheel drive competitors: the Hyundai ix35 ($31,990), Mitsubishi ASX ($31,990) and the Nissan Dualis ($31,890). Pricing details will be finalised closer to the vehicle’s Australian launch.

Despite being based on the fourth-generation Subaru Impreza hatch and sharing its drivetrains, some exterior panels and cabin layout, the all-new Subaru XV has officially broken away from the Impreza range to become a crossover in its own right.

The XV will officially sit in the compact SUV segment in Australia alongside its bigger brothers: the Liberty wagon-based Outback and the conventional four-wheel drive-styled Forester.

2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review

The current Impreza XV has been averaging around 70 sales per month, but Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior expects a substantial increase in local XV sales when the new model arrives in January.

Mr Senior says Subaru Australia is targeting 400 to 500 monthly sales for the new model – a massive goal that would mean approximately one XV would be sold for every two Imprezas.

It’s a bold prediction, but one Subaru Australia is confident it can achieve without sabotaging other models.

Mr Senior said the impact on Forester sales would be minimal, as the brand believes the small XV will attract a younger customer base. He also said Subaru historically experienced little crossover in SUV customers and passenger-car customers, suggesting XV was unlikely to rob Impreza of too many sales either.

But after spending time behind the wheel of both cars at Fuji Heavy Industries’ private test facility in Japan, we think there will be plenty of Impreza shoppers keen to test out the XV. So the obvious question is: just how different is the XV from the new Impreza?

Compared with the new Impreza five-door hatch, the XV has an extra 75mm of ground clearance (220mm). Despite this, Subaru has kept the height down to 1615mm – strengthening its assertion that the XV has a lower centre of gravity than its compact SUV competitors.

2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review

The XV is 40mm wider and 35mm longer than the Impreza hatch, although its wheelbase is 10mm shorter, technically robbing it of some interior space, although the difference is imperceptible.

The XV’s boot is 30 litres smaller than the hatch’s (310 litres vs 340 litres), as Subaru Australia has fitted a larger spare tyre at the request of potential customers. It’s still not quite full-sized, but it’s much wider than a conventional space saver, which means it will be capable of being driven at high speeds and used while towing.

The result is a rather shallow-looking boot, although Subaru’s engineers demonstrated its capacity by loading a pram in with minimal fuss (minimal after they figured out how to fold the damn thing anyway). Those who need extra volume can fold the rear seats forward to open up a generous 1200-litre cargo space.

From the outside, the Subaru XV gets a unique grille and front and rear bumper design. The black plastic cladding around the wheel arches and lower panel edges is perhaps the most distinctive feature, along with the dramatic 17-inch black/silver alloys (standard on all grades) and the exclusive ‘tangerine pearl’ paint colour.

The XV has a proper rough-and-ready look about it, giving it more character than the conventional Impreza, which a number of you have already told us is a little bland.

2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review

Subaru Australia says the XV will be a more premium offering than the Impreza, with prices and specifications to match its higher pegging. Like the all-new Impreza, the XV will be offered in three specification levels: 2.0i, 2.0i-L (luxury) and 2.0i-S (sports).

Every XV will come standard with a 4.3-inch Multi-Function Display vehicle information colour screen and reversing camera, as well as seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain, and driver’s knee), steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the CVT variants, and Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming.

The 2.0i-L will get a sunroof, satellite navigation with SMS voice-to-text and voice command, dual-zone climate control, leatherette seat trim, and rear privacy glass.

The 2.0i-S tops the line-up with proper leather upholstery, eight-way electric driver’s seat, heated front seats, alloy pedals, HID xenon headlights and silver roof rails.

The feel in the cabin is similar to the Impreza. It’s a highly spacious interior with plenty of room for the feet and knees of taller rear-seat passengers. It’s also come a long way in terms of refinement compared with the old Impreza XV. Soft-touch plastics are used across the dashboard, and most of the switches and dials have a high quality feel. The new Impreza is among the quietest cars in its class thanks to a smooth drivetrain and excellent noise suppression, and the XV is just as impressive, perhaps more so against its SUV competitors.

2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review

You can detect a subtle difference in ride height when you jump from the Impreza to the XV, but the overwhelming sensation is that you’re driving a small hatch rather than an SUV. Visibility remains excellent to both the front and rear thanks to thin pillars and large windows.

The Subaru XV shares its mechanical underpinnings with the Impreza, meaning it scores the same brand-new engine and transmission technology. Despite producing identical power and torque figures, the XV’s 110kW/196Nm 2.0-litre horizontally opposed Boxer engine is lighter and more efficient than the old model. It can be teamed with either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT) – these options replace a rather industrial-feeling five-speed manual and a dated four-speed auto.

The new drivetrain is considerably more efficient than the old Impreza XV, thanks in part to the addition of Auto Start Stop technology as standard throughout the range – a first for a compact SUV in Australia.

The manual returns combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.3 litres/100km, while the CVT is more frugal at 7.0 litres/100km. The previous model used 9.3 litres/100km with either transmission. Both variants use 0.2 litres/100km more than their Impreza counterparts, however the XV’s larger fuel tank (60 litres vs 55 litres) means it has a greater potential driving range (857km vs 809km). The XV can also pull an extra 200kg, with a total towing capacity of 1400kg, regardless of transmission.

2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review

Like the new Impreza, there are no plans at this stage to add a diesel engine to the XV range, regardless of how well the technology might suit the application.

Mr Senior said a diesel engine for the compact SUV was on Subaru Australia’s wish list, but admitted it was not a priority at the moment and far from the top of the brand’s wish list.

The XV’s taller height means it doesn’t quite match the Impreza’s tight handling, but it still feels like a small car from behind the wheel. During our short preview drive, it lapped up the bumps with a similar degree of ease to the Impreza and maintained its flat, hunkered-down feel through corners. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the opportunity to take the XV off-road, but we will put it through its paces in January to see exactly what it’s capable of.

The steering has a reassuring weight to it, although the electric system inhibits the transference of some road feel. The pedals are well spaced and have a good feel, with a short travel on the clutch and a progressive brake application.

Much like the Impreza, the CVT variants produce a whiny acceleration note, but that largely dissipates when you settle on a cruising speed. Keep in mind, the CVT was primarily designed to be efficient rather than enjoyable. Subaru has tried to liven up the package with paddle shifters that select between six pre-determined ‘gears’, but it doesn’t give you anything like the same sensation as driving a semi-automatic transmission.

2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review
2012 Subaru XV Review

The manual gearbox rewards you with the conventional engine rise and fall, and lets you appreciate the character and nuances of the all-new Boxer, which has a seductively metallic rush as the revs rise. I found the manual shifter a bit fiddly and the gears a little too tightly spaced, although more time behind the wheel would likely resolve any deficiencies that weren’t intuitively mastered.

Subaru says the all-new XV crossover is the embodiment of its ‘fun to drive’ philosophy. While we’re yet to truly put this to the test, our early impression is that it could actually be more ‘fun to own’. The drivetrains don’t provide that natural burst of enthusiasm and acceleration, however the XV feels very car-like behind the wheel while providing a practical off-road-ready ride height. It’s anything but a bush-basher inside, with more standard equipment than the Impreza and equal levels of quality and refinement. Team all that with its youthful, chunky styling and the Subaru XV is a comprehensive package that – if priced well – should become a serious player in the entry-level compact SUV market.


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  • Yeti Man

    Looks better in real life (Melbourne Auto Show), a diesel would be nice.

  • ichisaurus

    I like the styling

  • Showtime

    I think it looks great, especially in the tangerine pearl colour.

    Was there a 0-100km time done, Tim?

    • craig

      Still testing, it hasn’t got up to 100km/h yet. Another sluggish Subaru shitbox.

  • Able

    “You can detect a subtle difference in ride height when you jump from the Impreza to the XV, but the overwhelming sensation is that you’re driving a small hatch rather than an SUV!”

    Thats because you are driving a small hatch! Nice to see some different colours from Subaru though!

  • Kampfer

    Didn’t like it before. Now see the photos of the blue one, I like it. Fold-flat boot is good too. Still not sure about the rims…

    • Taki Yamauchi

      me 2 !!!

  • Justin

    If they targeting the younger market then they should make a performance model. Would be a cracker

  • HaplessPossum

    That black one looks pretty slick. I think this car’s got personality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.zaharis Peter Zaharis

    It looks good. Somehow the styling works better on the XV then it does on the Imprezza. The inside looks like a nice place to be and seems to be of good quality.
    As was said above the fold-flat boot is great and makes it practical for a small suv.
    However, the lack of a diesel option will hurt sales I think.
    Especially with the CX-5 coming out very soon.
    I think Subaru are lacking foresight by saying that it is a wish but not a priority.
    More and more people are looking at diesel engines when buying cars like this for the extra torque.
    Subaru had the opportunity here to really put pressure on the competition but they have let it slip by.

    • Finecroft

      I totally agree Peter, this is everything I want.. except not in a diesel, darn! What are they thinking??!?…a 2012 model without a diesel option..doh

  • LowResFez

    Diesel auto please Mr Subaru. Subaru should dump the partnership with Inchape as the current warranty is very poor… That is, rattles are not warranted after 12 months and roadside assist is extra cost.

    • http://caradvice OSU811

      A lot of brands only cover rattles for the first 1,500kms or to the first service! so 12 months is quite good!!

  • DWS1

    I can see this working, as the current forester got a fair bit bigger than the previous model and people like my wife were not impressed. (She has them at her work).

  • Neil m

    I like everything apart from those hideous rims. They will date in about 30 seconds.

    • davie

      Those wheels look like someone stole the honeycomb mags from a 1970’s HX Monaro LE and painted them black

      I hope Subaru provide a no-cost swap to wheels which wont look like a bad 1970’s artefact.

  • FrugalOne

    Ditch the AWD [be useless off road anyway] turn it into [as per others] into a 2WD and take a further $2k off the price

    Need longer service intervals, capped service prices, longer warranty, road side assist, this should be standard by EVERY brand in AUS.[God bless Mitsubishi]

    AND a commitment to the Australia market by FHI aka Subaru Japan as the importer, not a seperate importer as per now


    • Alex

      Ah the 15 yo troll is back…

      No problems with any of my AWDs off road, you don’t know what you are talking about. And I don’t think you have a license (or pubes).

      Piss off and go ruin some other internet website.

    • Pro346

      Most subarus are actually really good offroad for what they are.

    • davie

      I don’t think you have any idea what you are talking about.

      I own a bog standard AWD 1999 impreza LX hatch. It comes with a 5 speed manual which includes second lever activating 20% reduction dual range transfer case.

      I simply cannot fault the AWD. Even with its bog standard normal road height and no ESP or ABS it is a very capable and safe vehicle – within its limits.

      Its been on beaches and soft snow and up and down steep unsealed roads. No – its not a rock-hopper but it is incredibly safe and the car has never missed a beat.

  • FrugalOne

    Really its just [like all the other stupidrus] a jacked-up-wagon

    Lets call them “The Jacked Up Wagon Company”

    NOT a patch on the vastly superior Mazda CX5

    • Pro346

      Good luck taken a cx5 offroad…

      • Pro346

        *taking oops

  • http://caradvice OSU811

    Gears a little to tightly spaced?? Are you serious!, Thats exactly what you want and would be a big improvement over the clunky long cable shift of the new liberty/outback if that is true?

    • Hung Low

      He might of meant the ratios not the shift?

      • http://caradvice OSU811

        No if you read the sentance properly he is actually talking about the shift and operation Not ratios!! ( I found the manual shifter a bit fiddly and the gears a little too tightly spaced, although more time behind the wheel would likely resolve any deficiencies that weren’t intuitively mastered)

        • Alice

          OSU811 – learn to read. He is clearly talking about the ratios. The shifter is fiddly AND the gears etc. No need to use so many exclamation marks – just open your eyes.

  • Septic

    Not a bad looking car but as others have said, add a diesel to the line up please.
    And is it just me that doesn’t like CVT’s?!

    • Alex

      I don’t, but I now own one (outback) and it’s fantastic. as good as a ZF 6-speed.

      • http://caradvice OSU811

        I wouldnt go that far Alex, yes it is smooth quite and efficient in normal day to day use, but gets a bit revvy and definately not sporty when being pushed! Also the 5 speed in the 3.6 outback drives a lot better and more responsive/sporty imho..

  • Dianna Fisher

    Does it come in a range of colours?

    • Yonny

      It had better – the colour pictured above is just so ugly – the car looks like it’s been vomited on by the Jolly Green Giant after drinking 12 gallons of Fanta and eating 5 tonnes of ham & cheese baked beans.

      The rest of it is OK though.

      • Yonny

        Actually, I take that back. I’ve seen other photos of the car in the same colour and it looks pretty good – a sharp, crisp colour. Must be the photos above – the colour looks like Fanta with milk mixed in (to me at least).

  • spotty bastard

    Ha! Nice one, Dianna.

    It is a good question though. From the pictures here it looks like o=range, blue and the standard range of greys. Let’s hope there are a few more options.

    – sb

  • Simon

    Not a bit fan of the new Impreza styling, but have to say the XV looks a lot better and well proportioned (agree about the yuk wheels though!) not sure if it’s the ride heights, different bumpers or what, but looks a lot better than the standard Impreza. A turbo GT version would rock and could have the potential to make the XV a car that is ‘fun to drive’.

  • Crummydore

    Funny how this works well as a design, yet the standard model looks more than a little out of wack.

    Perhaps its the raised height, blackened arches that slightly disguise the terribly long front overhang and colour that does it… I have not pinned it down but I really like it.

    Cant wait to see one on the road.

  • David Jones

    No Diesel no care. Tiguan kills it.

    • Alex

      What for? At on the highway this will use 4-5L/100km, what good is the diesel? Apart from cost a lot more to buy.

      • Andrew

        Because the 2.0L NA motor is terrible. No performance at all. No way will it get anywhere near 4-5L/100.

        • Peopl3mova

          How would you even know? It hasn’t been on any cars before this and those who have say its great. So stop claiming u know what it’ll be like

      • Able

        I take it you’ve never driven a Subaru Impreza.

    • Alexander

      Diesels are a fad, even car companies (BMW) are saying that with developments in petrols, they’ll soon become obsolete. They’re dirty, expensive to buy/fuel/service, they cost a lot to meet emission standards (EU5/6 particle filters aren’t cheap) and they emmit carcinogenic emissions. I’ll stick to petrols.

  • NotTheStig

    Leatherette seats ? – vinyl more like it… – sweat city.

    Why not just a nice cloth ???

    Hate leather seats…

    No Mazda6’s without leather, now this !

    • http://caradvice OSU811

      you can clearly but this with cloth seats as seen in the photos.

      • spotty bastard

        Yes, the base model has cloth seats; the next model up has “leatherette” whatever tf that is and the sports version has leather.

        – sb

  • Fred

    These things look better in the flesh, but the NA 2.0 is just too week by today’s standards. A WRX version would definitely be welcome.

  • Steven

    Fat seats which are rubbish for taller drivers. Hate my Forester seats now.

  • Dave S

    Still undecided, think it looks better in some of the pictures than the current one.

    Too much black plastic on the outside. The black plastic fades and will look like something from the early 90’s. I think when I spend that much on a new car, I dont want to see black unpainted bits.

  • Desmo

    I will just state upfront I own a current model Liberty which has been a great car. I even like the CVT that works very well, the paddles are great and let you access its modest power at any time.

    I wanted to like the XV, and it was on my short list for a new car for the wife. It now isn’t for 2 reasons, first the engine. It just does not cut it in this type of vehicle, a diesel auto would be preferred, I want some accessible torque. Hell I would even be happy to take a hit on fuel for a turbo petrol, if it reasonable.

    Second is boot space of 310L. Even allowing for full sized spare it is well below average. The Tiguan which is much maligned for its lack of space has 395l, the Yeti, Dualis, ASX are all over 400L’s, the CX-5 is reported to have 500L.

    I can’t fold the seats down with two kids sitting in them, so that does not help. That alone is a deal breaker.

    Lets be honest it really is just a jacked up Impreza, and in this very competitive market that is not going to be enough to succeed.

    Subaru, your pricing better be sharp or this will go nowhere.

    • Green

      If you’re after a family car, you should be looking at a Forester or Outback.  Subaru already cater for families with their other models… this one is aimed at a completely different market.  The market that doesn’t have kids continuously in the back of the car!

  • DA

    The KIA Sportage looks heaps better than this; I’m sure the Sportage is more value for money too

    • Bozzscaggers

      try seeing out of a sportage…. great car but no thanks!

  • Alexander

    I actually think the loud colour, body cladding, (cool) wheels and raise ride height really improve the hatchback Impreza, it looks far younger than the hatch.

  • whathe..

    40.4 litres per 100k according to the trip computer photo.


  • Henry

    This will steal some sales from the SX4 4×4

  • Scotty C

    I think Suby is on to a winner with this. It looks cool, especially in black. This market segment is obviously booming judging by the number of Dualis, iX35, Sportage, ASX etc that you see on the roads. Now that Suby has improved the woeful interior of the previous Impreza they’ll sell heaps.

  • Lavs

    Yes needs a gutsier engine to make it truly fun. Impreza is a very smooth ride which sets it apart from the rest, but give it a 2.5L or turbo or diesel & it would be a difficult package to beat.

    • Ranil Mendis

      Agreed Lavs, turbo powered would be awesome and diesel would be cooler when need more torque for towing. But this XV apparently fun to drive. cheers!!!

  • DaveofKtown

    I might treat myself to one in the new year. My Bug Eyes Impreza is due to go…

  • delux

    Tempting. Time to trade my GT Forester.

  • Tom R

    LOVVVVE IT. Styling looks much better on this than it does on the plain Impreza.

  • Matt H

    I’m glad I’ve found the CarAdvice website. The carsguide ‘first drive’ of the XV refers to the car on multiple occasions as the ‘RX.’ Terrible journalism, especially considering the money they have to play with being part of news corp.

  • Matt H

    Interesting the positivity in this comments section compared to the regular impreza review. Maybe it’s the stronger colours, or the more aggressive stance, but the XV does look better and more modern then the impreza.

  • Mr Gaspo

    Alexander, you do have a point regarding diesels. If Subaru offered this engine as a turbo 1.5 that ran on 91 RON with the CVT and offered close to diesel economy then the diesel would be irrelevant.

  • Nath746

    Did anyone see the picture of the centre display screen with the fuel economy figure? 40.4 l/100km…

    • St.

      Hi, greetings from Central Europe (Czech Republic). Numbers 40.4 l/100 km are O.K., it means, that the car is quite new and it only went in and off the transport car.
      I am looking forward to diesel engine (2.0 Boxer), which is very popular in Europe (quiet, strong, consumption about 5 l/100 km, acceleration 9,5 s to 100 km/h).

  • Vince

    Do Subaru understand the idea of progression because they seem to be fixated on the exact opposite. You can add ugly as sin to the list of negatives.

  • Kane Johnson

    I liked the concept & the car has gone close to delivering. While the better spare tyre is great, boot space is a massive issue, don’t care how much i can fit with the seats down, with kids i need to fit alot back there with the seats occupied. Being close to worst in class on this (and having less boot space than the hatch or sedan) it’s a big negative. Why upgrade to something like this for less space, when other models can deliver similar dynamics.

    The colours are very bland also & look in the pictures almost matt like. The previous design pictures looked more metallic & very sexy. This ends up looking a bit cheap.

    Hope they fix this up before release. Still looking forward to a test drive for that great Subaru drive experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1715760895 Charles Dean

    The design is seriously terrible.. It looks very bland.. And interior looks harsh..

    Sad to say, but I’ll easily choose a Hyundai or Kia over this

  • atul

    subaru buyer is different ciass than any other cars .Executive class ,so dont do comparison with any oyher cars .

    • LRG

      When i’m driving in my 2011 Elentra everyone look at my car.. It seriously looks very good

      • atul

        this is the different between class of buyers now dont tell me chery looks better than subaru. my friend work at chery he had horrible exp with chery customer .subarus customers are different.

  • F11

    Did they not look at Hyundai’s when they designed this?

  • skytrader

    MORE POWER PLEASE !!! I hope it has more of the less conservative colours … So over the subdued office type colours. Not in the Subaru tradition.

  • Ed Mirams

    Details of 2012 forester and outback please.

    • Dbrereton69

      dont know yet ed but im looking ? dave and helen 

  • ianm

    Can,t wait to see what the awd can really do for usual surf tracks..a few limestone rocks..a bit of loose sand..can a malibu board fit inside..?

  • http://www.skala.sk KLF

    In Europe will be this model available also with 2.0 Boxer Diesel (108 kW) motor.

  • Rob

    Needs more power, and smarter wheels.
    Think I’ll just jack up my WRX.

  • John C.

    Looks pretty damn good to me. Not a fan of the current Impreza, which is extremely bland and lacks individualism in its styling. The XV is the first sign that Subaru is starting to listen to its loyal band of followers.
    The XV has all of a sudden risen to the top of my shopping list. Bring it on!!

  • Sazz N

    I’m waiting til it comes to Oz as Diesel but it looks like the car for me, new Forester’s too big. Be good to have a wheel option too.

  • PRT

    I’ll buy one like a shot – when there’s a diesel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jrouyang Jeremy Ouyang

    Pricing is out on Subaru website now. MUCH higher than expected[sadface]…

  • Malcbowk

    I think OSU811 is correct that he is not talking about the ratios although the english may suggest that……others have commented that it is too easy to move from second gear to fifth instead of to third which gels with the idea that the gate is too narrow.

  • Brymak

    Test drove this morning.   On the plus side, some good features as standard incl. reversing camera.
    But after 8 years of Forester XT driving(OK unfair comparison), seems sluggish and heavy.  Really hate those wheel trims.  Inclined to stick with the XT.  

  • David

    Mal may not fit inside, i got a 60 inch tv inside mine. but a set of cross bars for it wont set you back much. CVT is effortless and the suspension feels very sport like. 10/10 car.

  • Barney

    Took an XV for a test drive today. Overall I think it is a very good option.

    Points I noted:
    – Performance is not strong. It is responsive enough around the twisty stuff if you keep it in the range. From a standing start it is slow. Up a long hill it has little acceleration above 90k per hour. I did not get a chance to try overtaking, but expect you will need a long runway. However, given the speed limits and the danger of insane speeds WRX can get to,  it may save your licence or your life. The fun in driving is getting the best out of what you have anyway.
    – Seats on lower end models are terrible. Soft and I could feel the metal frame under my right leg. The adjustments are such that you can not find exactly the right spot. The leather ones on the S are fine though, firmer with electric adjustment giving plenty of options..
    – Not as balanced as the outback in handling. The front feels like it is tucking under at times and there is a bit of lateral movement on the suspension. Pretty minor though, generally does a great job.
    – The luggage space is very small. I only need two seats so that is OK, but a show stopper for a larger family.
    – Rims look a bit tacky, but actually match some colours well. The package looks great to me.
    – The black looks the goods, pity black is so hot. There is a pale blue that is a good colour but does not go so well with the black rims and trim. The white was the surprise for me, it actually makes the package look a little classy and the black sets it off. The orange is much better in the pictures, more mustard in reality, yuck.
    – Gear box (manual) is very nice to shift. As good as any for finding the right spot. Only complaint (contrary to the review) is that the upper gears are too far apart. I would prefer 3+ to be a little lower to give options up those hills.
    – Reversing camera is excellent quality.
    – I forgot to try the stereo!

    A test drive is always a bit frantic, as you are trying to find the faults. I think once you owned this and settled in to it you would fall more in love each day. The top of range is the only option I would consider because of the seats (must), sunroof (must) and climate (nice) for not too much extra. The navigation is then a bonus. 

  • Jerry

    I am in the US and car comes out in fall, cant wait. i love the rims

  • Rowan

    The rims are terrible and why the hell does the XV cost more than the other standard Subarus like the Forester and its even more than the Legacy in South Africa- Rowan

  • Simon

    “its wheelbase is 10mm shorter, technically robbing it of some interior space”

    This would imply that the floorpan has altered – unlikely, I would say.

    The 10mm shorter wheelbase is probably just due to the longer springs putting the rear trailing arms at a steeper angle, therby pulling the rear wheels slightly forwards.

  • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

    I live in the country, down a bush track & surrounded by forest and I can’t help but feel that one of these little beauties would do me very nicely. I spotted them when they first appeared and I’m interested as a second vehicle to my Pajero, which I use for towing and camping. Sure diesel would be nice but those fuel figures are pretty decent and the extra cost of the diesel donk would take ages to recover. Besides for short hops, petrol sounds the go.

Subaru XV Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$14,960 - $17,000
Dealer Retail
$16,560 - $19,690
Dealer Trade
$11,900 - $13,600
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
196Nm @  4200rpm
Max. Power
110kW @  6200rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.3L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1400  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
225/55 R17
Rear Tyres
225/55 R17
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Double wishbone, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Control & Handling
Traction Control System
Trip Computer
Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Service Interval
6 months /  12.5,000 kms
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Centre Eng Bay Scuttle
Country of Origin