THE all-new Subaru XV crossover will arrive in Australian showrooms next month with sharper pricing across the all-CVT range to offset the lack of a cheaper manual transmission option.
The second-generation Subaru XV range will start at $27,990, with entry-level duties now handed to the 2.0i with CVT. While this is $1250 more than the current 2.0i manual, it’s also $1250 cheaper than the CVT model it directly replaces, which is good news for the majority of XV customers who preferred to forgo a clutch pedal.
Subaru says the price drop comes despite enhancements to the second-generation XV including all-new underpinnings, all-round performance improvements. More interior space and a refined 2.0-litre flat-four boxer engine that provides a slight power boost and increased fuel efficiency.
All variants come with X-Mode, which enhances driving performance on poor surfaces (such as gravel) through integrated control of engine, drivetrain, braking, and other functions in slippery conditions and also features hill descent control.
Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist, has also been added to all but the entry-level XV variants and now includes lane keeping assist.
Standard features in the 2.0i include a 7.0-inch screen, reversing camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, daytime running lights, 17-inch alloys, shark fin radio antenna and auto start stop.
The 2.0i-L has all those features plus the EyeSight, dual zone climate control, 8.0-inch touch screen and premium cloth trim. The 2.0i-Premium has all that plus an electric sunroof and factory fitted sat nav.
The range-topping 2.0i-S has 18-inch alloy wheels, alloy pedals, auto LED headlights with steering response, auto wipers, leather accented trim, power driver’s seat. It also has additional EyeSight functions including blind spot monitoring, high-beam assist, lane change assist, rear-cross traffic alert and reverse automatic braking.
The 2018 XV should also be cheaper to operate, with service intervals stretched out to 12 months or 12,500km, rather than every six months or 10,000km. According to Subaru this will result in 40 percent reduction in ownership costs over three years.
The Subaru XV is also covered by a three-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty.
2018 Subaru XV pricing