Based on the impressive Subaru Impreza, the XV is a small-SUV with some genuine off-road credibility. Unlike most cars in this segment, the XV won’t wilt when it gets some dirt between its tyre treads.
Internationally the XV is known as the Crosstrek and was first revealed in 2012. This second-generation version was revealed in 2018 and brings with it some an updated engine line-up, including a hybrid.
If you want to buy a Subaru XV you’ll need roughly $30,000 for an entry-level model, with even the most expensive models being just over $35,000.
While known in Australia as the XV, Subaru’s compact crossover wears the Crosstrek badge in North America. While it might be called something different internationally, the Crosstek and XV are mechanically identical.
What is the difference between Subaru XV models?
There are five different Subaru XV variants currently on offer in Australia. There are some key equipment and engine difference between them, explained in our extensive Range Review.
Is the Subaru XV a SUV?
Yes, the Subaru XV is a SUV. XV owners will enjoy the increased ride height and extra plastic cladding around the lower parts of the body. Based on the Impreza, the XV is a small-SUV, with larger Forester and Outback models offered by Subaru.
Does the Subaru XV come in diesel?
You cannot get a diesel engine in the current generation XV XV. While older models came with diesel options, you can choose from a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine, or a hybrid that uses both the petrol engine and battery power to reduce emissions.