The new-generation Subaru XV (labelled as a 2017 model, but marketed by Subaru as MY18) sees a price drop at the entry level, even with a standard-fit continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic factored into the price. As such, the new XV range kicks off from $27,990 plus on-road costs. The previous auto entry point was $29,240.
Indeed, the new XV follows Subaru's strong focus on value, with prices dumped on three of the four variants, which largely mirror the same spec and names as the Impreza hatch and sedan. See the pricing breakdown below.
DRIVEN: 2017 Subaru XV review
The range is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder 'boxer' horizontally-opposed petrol engine with stop-start tech, with 115kW of power and 196Nm of torque. Fuel use is unchanged between this version and the last, at 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres.
As mentioned, there's a CVT auto with paddle-shifters as standard, and all XV models are all-wheel drive. There's no manual option, and no diesel or hybrid, either.
As we found out when we sampled the XV in Japan a few weeks back, the new model has added off-road capability, with 220 millimetres of ground clearance and X-Mode, which adjusts the all-wheel-drive system, drivetrain and braking, and there's a hill-descent control system.
As with the Impreza, the lowest-spec model in the range has a smaller 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming - and unlike some others, you still get a CD player. The higher-spec versions have 8.0-inch screen, with the top two variants gaining sat-nav.
One of the biggest items Subaru is pushing with the new-generation XV (and Impreza, for that matter) is that the servicing costs are down by quite a margin.
The XV now needs servicing every 12 months or 12,500km, rather than every six months/10,000km, and Subaru reckons the cost of ownership is down by nearly 40 per cent over three years as a result. There's a three-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty.
All-but the base model get Subaru's EyeSight forward camera system, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision monitoring, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning. The flagship 2.0i-S gets even more tech, with an automated reverse braking system (to stop the car if you don't see something behind), and it also has automated high-beam, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
2017 Subaru XV (MY18) specifications
- Active torque vectoring
- Child seat anchor points on back of rear seat; ISOFIX outer rear seats
- Six airbags (dual front, front side, curtain)
- Front fog lights with integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
- Rear-view camera
- Tyre pressure monitoring system
- X-Mode all-wheel-drive system
- CD player, six speakers, Bluetooth and USB connectivity
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
- Cruise control
- Immobiliser security system
- 17-inch alloy wheels with temporary steel spare
- Rear privacy glass
- Rear roof spoiler with LED brake light
- Rear roof mounted shark fin radio antenna
- Roof rails
- Colour-coded door handles
XV 2.0i-L (adds over 2.0i)
- Dual-zone climate control
- Electric folding mirrors with integrated indicators
- EyeSight driver assist
- Lane-keep assist
- Leather accented trim steering wheel and gear shifter
- Premium cloth trim
- Premium 8.0-inch touchscreen
XV 2.0i-Premium (adds over 2.0i-L)
- Electric sunroof
- Factory fitted sat-nav
XV 2.0i-S (adds over 2.0i-Premium)
- 18-inch alloy wheels with temporary steel spare
- Alloy pedals
- Automatic head lights
- Automatic wipers
- Chrome exterior door handle
- Heated mirrors
- Leather accented trim
- Power driver's seat
- Steering responsive LED headlights with integrated DRLs
- Vision Assist, with blind-spot monitoring, high-beam assist, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic braking
2017 Subaru XV pricing before on-road costs
(changes in brackets)
- 2.0i - $27,990 (-$1250)
- 2.0i-L - $30,340 (+$100)
- 2.0i-Premium - $32,140 (-$600)
- 2.0i-S - $35,240 (-$300)
DRIVEN: 2017 Subaru XV review