MOTORING NEWS – In 2012 the Subaru XV was launched in South Africa to add it’s own adventurous take on the crossover segment.
The car is likely to continue delivering success for Subaru Southern African through its driving performance, practicality and safety.
The 2016 XV model recently launched in South Africa follows in the fearless wake of it predecessor, while the company has previously indicated a wish to bring the car closer to its owners emotionally.
This is as easily done as said, since most Subaru owners don’t need any encouragement to monopolise a conversation with “what my car did next”.
One of the Hallmarks of the Subaru XV is its athletic and bold styling. At the front of the car, the hexagonal front grille has now been tweaked with a larger chrome split wing.
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’s HID headlamps now include white indicator bulbs, bringing the XV more in line with the rest of the Subaru line-up.
A standout trait of the XV is the 17″ 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.
The centre hub of the wheel now boasts the Subaru Six-Star emblem in a clear cap. The wheel designs proclaim the XV’s all-terrain capability.
At the rear of the car, the rear headlamps now make use of LED lamps as seen in the XV Hybrid that is available in overseas markets. The shapely roof end spoiler has also been extended adding to its sporty character.
Subaru has blended robust body-cladding that surrounds the entire vehicle for more confident to go wherever adventure calls.
The originally introduced colour palette remains, with two new colours added to the mix: Hyper Blue and Dark Blue Pearl.
The XV now has an interior more in line with its larger siblings. The steering wheel has changed to to match the one found on Legacy and Outback models with satellite controls for audio, voice recognition, cruise control and use of the Multi-mode trip computer.
The wheel now has bold orange stitching repeated on the rest of the cabin, the seat and headrest sides, the central and door armrests as well as the gear shifter.
Silver paddle shifters on the steering wheel have now been re-introduced on the CVT models for easier use of the manual transmission mode.
To enhance the previously silver palette on the doors, instrument panel and dashboard, the new XV is finished in high gloss black panels also more in line with other newer models in the range.
Subaru XV drivers will also benefit from a revised entertainment interface. Offered as standard on the new XV is a variety of connectivity options including BlueTooth integration, USB and auxiliary ports.
An all-new feature that is now standard across the range of Subaru models is Siri Eyes-Free, a technology that works in conjunction with the standard voice recognition system.
It is possible ot search the web, make a call or play music. 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.
The Subaru is known as an obsessive over-achiever and the XV is true to the family character. The new XV retains the award-winning 2,0-litre Boxer 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine.
This economical yet responsive unit boasts 110kW of power at 6 200r/min and 196Nm of torque at 4 200r/min. Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission, the XV is capable of achieving 8,0-litres per 100km or 7,9-liters per 100km respectively.
A class-leading 220mm ground clearance, Constant Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and advanced Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control shows where the Crossover is likely to want to go when given its head. The car inspires confidence.
Safety is top of the list and the XV has a full complements of seven SRS airbags; 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.
This will ensure that impact energy produced by a frontal collision is efficiently passed from the frame to the pillar. A driver’s seat knee airbag is also standard.
The XV is 5-star Euro NCAP and ANCAP safety-rated and has also received the IIHS Top Safety Pick, officially making it one of the safest vehicles around.
The new XV is on sale countrywide, with Subaru Southern Africa offering the XV with a 5 year or 120 000km full maintenance plan extension as a special launch offer until 31 March. Pricing is R361 000 for the XV, R341 for the CVT manual version and R399 000 for the premium XV IS CVT version.