Cruise control, and climate control air-conditioning (which maintains a set temperature).
Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, with a voice command function and audio controls on the steering wheel, and a touchscreen (6.2-inch on the least expensive version, the 2.0i). A radio and CD player, and Aux and USB inputs for the MP3 compatible sound system.
Hill-start assist, which operates the brakes automatically to make take-offs on hills easier.
All-wheel-drive, which improves drive and stability on slippery surfaces.
Aluminium alloy 17-inch wheels, which look nicer than steel wheels and usually weigh less, and a full-size steel spare wheel.
Foglights, and a 4.3-inch colour multi-function display that presents helpful information.
A reversing camera.
Seven airbags: two directly in front of the driver and front passenger; one alongside each front occupant to protect the upper body; a curtain airbag on each side to protect the heads of front and rear occupants; and a knee protection airbag for the driver.
Electronic stability control, which can help the driver to control a skidding car. All new cars must have this feature.
Ten metallic, pearl and silica colours are available, and they come at no additional cost. The XV is offered in more vibrant shades than the Impreza, among them the eye-catching Tangerine Orange Pearl.
Every Subaru XV carries a three-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.