The 2016 Subaru XV is on sale now, bringing with it a number of changes over the already enhanced 2015 version.
The 2016 Subaru XV small SUV gains new alloy wheel designs, a new front bumper with chrome-edged highlights, a new-look grille and revised headlight inlays and fresh LED rear light clusters.
Further, the XV range now comes with a gloss black rear spoiler design, a shark fin-style radio antenna and, on the inside, there’s orange stitching on all model grades (that was updated to silver for the 2015 model range).
The top-of-the-range 2.0i-S version of the XV further adds some new kit, including push-button start with smart key entry, auto headlights and auto wipers, and there’s a new centre console cup holder bin with a sliding shutter. The price has risen a tad as a result.
The updated XV range can now be had in a range of different colours, too: there is the eye-catching Hyper Blue, as well as Quartz Blue Pearl, Dark Blue Pearl, Desert Khaki, Venetian Red Pearl and Crystal Black Silica.
These changes come further to the enhancements and price cuts announced in May 2015, where the XV saw the addition of new infotainment systems (a 6.2-inch touchscreen for the 2.0i model and a 7.0-inch unit with sat-nav for the 2.0i-L and 2.0i-S versions). The new Ivory cloth trim finish in the lower-spec models (below) is also quite fetching.
Sales of the XV slumped by 37.9 per cent in 2015, with 7168 units sold. That saw the Subaru drop from second spot in the small SUV segment (in 2014) to sixth last year.
Stay tuned for our review on the 2016 Subaru XV coming soon.