The New Subaru XV

Subaru’s second generation XV All-Wheel Drive Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) combines style and substance to deliver a highly capable high-riding package, set to surpass already impressive sales success. Upper range XVs launch with two all-new features on Australian Subarus: Lane Keep Assist and Reverse Automatic Braking, underlining the brand’s five-star safety credentials.

Range-topping XV 2.0i-S also adds High Beam Assist. Every XV also features Active Torque Vectoring, helping the car turn better and improving response with steering and control. And with X-Mode across the range adding to the off-road fun factor, XV offers a strong, sassy presence on both tarmac and dirt.

As announced last month, XV sales have begun with a reduced entry-level price of $27,990* Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP), representing great value-for-money XV also offers a sporty and contrasting interior to match the energetic exterior design, including amazing connectivity via new generation infotainment units. 

XV follows the hugely successful new generation Impreza to become the second model underpinned by the widely acclaimed Subaru Global Platform, boosting dynamic performance plus on and off road capability. Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “XV arrives at a pivotal time for Subaru, with our sales growing to a whole new level. First generation XV continued Subaru’s remarkable track record in Australia of exploring niche markets with considerable success. Just like Outback and Forester before it, our small SUV has carved a hugely successful path that will only grow with the debut of the even more capable second generation XV.

“It has the ideal combination of style and substance that will drive it to the next level in the hearts of Australian buyers. Features like X-Mode show XV is no pretender in the small SUV stakes. Ride height and full-time All-Wheel Drive also distinguish XV from the pack and I think we’re safe in saying that its genuine SUV credentials are unmatched in its class on dirt roads and trails, while offering equally impressive ability around town as a fun-themed and stylish wagon.”

As with Subaru’s entire Australian new car range, XV maintains a top five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

Among the XV range highlights: 

XV 2.0i

  • New generation touchscreen infotainment system featuring:
  •      -Apple CarPlay™ connectivity
  •      -Google Android Auto™ connectivity
  • Subaru Global Platform
  • Active Torque Vectoring
  • Front fog lights with integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 115 Kilowatts of power at 6000 rpm and 196 Newtonmetres of torque at 4000 rpm
  •      -Higher power output, up from 110 kW
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

XV 2.0i-L adds (to 2.0i specification):

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Premium cloth trim
  • Dual zone fully automatic air conditioning
  • Electric folding mirrors with integrated indicators
  • EyeSight® driver assist, with new Lane Keep Assist feature
  • Leather accented trim steering wheel and gear shift

XV 2.0i Premium adds (to 2.0i-L specification):

  • Electric sunroof
  • Factory fitted SatNav powered by TomTom

XV 2.0i-S adds (to 2.0i Premium specification):

  • Automatic head lights
  • Automatic front wipers
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • High Beam Assist
  • Leather accented trim
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Steering responsive LED head lights with integrated DRLs
  • Vision Assist features:
  •      -Blind Spot Monitoring
  •      -Lane Change Assist
  •      -Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  •      -Reverse Automatic Braking – debut feature in Australia
  • 18-inch wheels – pattern unique to the variant 


XV’s X-Mode feature makes it easier for drivers to safely navigate bad roads, slippery surfaces and steep hills, with just one switch. X-Mode’s status is indicated visually on the Multi-Function Display (MFD) screen. When X-Mode is engaged, at 40 km/h or less, status information is displayed on the MFD and instrument cluster, including Hill Descent Control and Vehicle Dynamics Control.

X-Mode centralizes control of the engine, All-Wheel Drive, brakes and other critical components to help ensure safe driving even on poor surfaces. Hill Descent Control helps maintain a constant speed when the vehicle is travelling down hill. 

Key X-Mode Controls:

At 40 km/h or less:

  • Engine Control Unit (ECU) – in low load range, the throttle opens slowly to avoid sudden torque changes and improves drivability
  • Traction Control Unit (TCU) – AWD clutch pressure is increased by around 25 per cent, controlling differential rotation between front and rear wheels, improving traction
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) – Enhances Limited Slip Differential (LSD) Control. To improve traction on slippery road surfaces, it counteracts differential rotation between left and right wheels by accelerating brake boosting speed and delaying reduction of brake pressure when wheel rotation returns to normal.

At 20 km/h or less:

  • VDC also uses Hill Descent Control (HDC) to control brakes on steep hills, so vehicle speed can be maintained when neither accelerator or brake pedals are pressed. It improves safety by allowing the driver to focus on steering without operating the brakes. HDC is automatically activated if speed is increasing on a descent, resulting in constant speed. Control is based on speed data, not hill angle. Therefore a constant speed can be maintained when the vehicle begins a descent from the flat. HDC brake control allows the driver to focus on safe steering while leaving braking to the vehicle.