When the Subaru XV was launched in South Africa in 2012, it boldly added its own take on what the crossover segment should be – adventurous, cheeky and fun – after all, who can forget the Tangerine Orange Pearl colour that had other road users taking a second glance? Fast forward to 2016 and Subaru have updated their popular XV model to include enhancements which continue its promise of delivering a stylish, safe, practical and superior driving performance.
- Hey There Handsome! One of the hallmarks of the Subaru XV is its athletic, confident and bold styling. What I ♥ About It: For a start, its hexagonal front grille has been tweaked with a larger chrome split wing and the shape of the front bumper has also been revised to include accented chrome plating that now surrounds the fog lamps and gives the car a more modern look. The Subaru common motif has also been slightly extended and the HID headlamps now include white indicator bulbs, bringing the XV more in line with the rest of the Subaru line-up.
Another standout trait of the XV is the 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels with black inlays and silver spokes that have now been slightly turned to convey a sense of movement to the overall design. What I ♥ About It: Not only does the centre hub of the wheel now boast the Subaru Six-Star emblem in a clear cap but the overall feeling one gets from looking at the wheels is that the XV is more than able to easily conquer any and all types of terrain.
A Few More Things I ♥ About It: are the inclusion of rear LED headlamps which are similar to the ones seen in the XV Hybrid that is available in overseas markets and a shapely roof end spoiler which has been extended to create a more sporty character. My best exterior feature is the robust wrap around body-cladding which has been cleverly blended into the exterior design, leaving you more confident to go wherever the adventure takes you without fear.
Oh and that Tangerine Orange Pearl colour I mentioned earlier remains in the XV’s colour palette although two new energetic colours have been added to the mix being Hyper Blue and Dark Blue Pearl. What I ♥ About It: These colors are awesome; you can’t not ♥ that Hyper Blue!
- Looking Good Interior-Wise too! The XV now boasts interior appointments more in line with its larger and more expensive siblings. What I ♥ About It: The steering wheel has changed to match the one found in the Legacy and Outback models – with satellite controls for audio, voice recognition, cruise control and a Multi-mode trip computer.
- The new XV is now finished in high gloss black panels, an element which is also more in line with other newer models in the range. I particularly like the addition of bold orange interior stitching that is also carried into the rest of the cabin; extending to the seat and headrest sides, the central and door armrests as well as the gear shifter boot. What I ♥ About It : It gives the roomy cabin a fresh funky appeal.
Another enhancement within the refreshed Subaru XV drivers is a revised Entertainment interface offered as standard. What I ♥ About It: It gives XV drivers a variety of connectivity options including BlueTooth integration, USB and auxiliary ports.
My best interior feature is of course, the Siri Eyes-Free system; a technology that works in conjunction with the already standard voice recognition system. What I ♥ About It: It’s really easy to use and when you are as technologically challenged as I am, believe me this comes in handy! All you do is link a compatible Siri device to the Subaru XV, then easily make use of Siri to search the web; make a call; play music etc. For those drivers without Apple devices, the XV still allows hands-free interaction using the normal voice recognition to control the telephone, audio and climate control systems.
- Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive: The Subaru XV retains the same award-winning 2.0-litre Boxer® 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine. What I ♥ About It: It’s both responsive and economical, boasting 110kW of power at 6,200 r/min and 196 Nm of torque at 4,200r/min. Usually I prefer an auto transmission in anything that isn’t a sports car but the XV is available either in 6-speed manual transmission or a LineartronicTM Continuously Variable Transmission, and I found both gearboxes equally impressive. Whilst one might cringe at fuel consumption figures of 8.0l/100km or 7.9l/100km respectively I suppose for what the engine capacity is, one can’t really moan too much.
- Superior Ground Clearance: What I ♥ About It: A class-leading 220mm ground clearance, Constant Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and advanced Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control leave you in no doubt that this Crossover is quite capable to drive over just about anything with ease, giving you confidence and peace of mind on the road…whatever that road might be.
- Commitment to Safety: What I ♥ About It: As a passionate road safety activist, I particularly appreciate Subaru’s stance to continuous commitment to safety. Active safety features built-into the revised XV include seven SRS airbags (plus a driver’s seat knee airbag); Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) with ABS, BAS and EBD. Passive safety features include a number of reinforced areas such as the toe board to protect against the rearward movement of the pedal in a case of collision as well as at the base of the A-pillar to strengthen the joint between the pillar and the upper frame ensuring that impact energy produced by a frontal collision is efficiently passed from the frame to the pillar.
Of course the XV is 5* Euro NCAP and ANCAP safety-rated and has also received the IIHS Top Safety Pick, making it one of the safest vehicles in the world.
The refreshed Subaru XV is now on sale countrywide, with Subaru Southern Africa offering the XV with a 5 year / 120 000km full Maintenance Plan Extension.