Subaru SA has introduced a facelifted version of its XV crossover.
Styling upgrades are limited, but the new 17-inch alloys with black inlays are a thing of beauty.
The XV now boasts interior appointments more in line with its larger and more expensive 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. A new visual tweak of the wheel is the addition of bold orange stitching that is also carried into the rest of the cabin. This youthful touch extends to the seat and headrest sides, the central and door armrests as well as the gear shifter boot giving the roomy cabin a fresh appeal.
Silver paddle shifters on the steering wheel have now been re-introduced on the CVT models for easier use of the manual transmission mode.
Also awaiting Subaru XV drivers is 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 already standard voice recognition system. Link a compatible Siri device to the Subaru XV, and easily make use of Siri as you would in any other circumstance: to search the web; to make a call; to 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.
The new XV retains the same 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine. This economical yet responsive unit boasts 110kW of power at 6,200 r/min and 196 Nm of torque at 4,200r/min. Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a LineartronicTM Continuously Variable Transmission, the XV is capable of achieving 8.0l/100km or 7.9l/100km respectively.
A full complement of seven airbags including a driver’s seat knee airbag are standard on the Subaru XV.
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 new XV is now on sale countrywide, with Subaru Southern Africa offering the XV with a 5 year / 120 000km full Maintenance Plan Extension, as a special launch offer until 31 March 2016.