Same name - all else has changed – welcome the 2018 Subaru XV Crossover.
All-new from the ground up, inside and out and from top to bottom, the XV Crossover has changes that include; a new platform, new suspension system, new Subaru Boxer engine and a new transmission. It also gets a redesigned exterior and a more spacious, more comfortable and more connected passenger cabin.
The XV comes as standard with Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD.
Pricing starts at €33,495 for the new 1.6i SE Lineartronic CVT automatic, rising to €38,495 for the range-topping 2.0i SE Premium Lineartronic CVT automatic. The Subaru XV Crossover features a 7-speed manual mode function that allows the driver to accelerate as desired.
Body & Chassis
The new platform increases rigidity throughout the body and chassis (a 70% to 100% increase over present models). The eradication of unnecessary movement in handling offers superior straight-line stability and cornering performance to grip the road surface while maintaining the ample 220 mm road clearance required of an SUV.
Optimised frame structure and stronger joints between parts allow the new platform to improve overall torsional rigidity by 70% over present models.
By mounting the rear stabilizer directly to the body, the new platform reduces the body roll of the vehicle by 50% compared to present models.
The steering gear ratio has been quickened from 14:1 to 13:1, further enhancing the Subaru XV’s characteristic strengths as an SUV with agile manoeuvrability.
Active Torque Vectoring enhances turning and steering performance.
An electronic parking brake adds to the convenience.
In addition to Subaru’s unique Symmetrical AWD system, the new Subaru XV is equipped with X-MODE, capable of enhancing driving performance on poor roads through optimised integrated control of the engine, four-wheel drive, braking, and other functions on slippery surfaces. The hill descent control setting gives drivers greater peace of mind by maintaining low speeds on downhill slopes.
Around 80% of the parts on the newly developed 2.0-litre direct injection Boxer engine has been completely revamped compared with previous naturally aspirated engines, making the new engine around 12 kg lighter to deliver more power and fuel economy.
The new platform achieves a centre of gravity that is 5 mm lower than present models. Together with the major improvements in rigidity and the evolution of the suspension system, this lower centre of gravity offers hazard avoidance capabilities on a level with a high-performance sports car.
A frame structure enables more efficient energy absorption in the event of a collision and the enhanced body strength. This is the result of the increased use of high-tensile steel plates including materials formed by the hot press method. Impact energy absorption is improved by 40% over present models.
As a standard equipment, Subaru’s EyeSight has the features of Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist function.
High Beam Assist technology, which uses a monocular camera, is integrated into the interior rear-view mirror. It detects preceding and oncoming vehicles and automatically switches headlights between high and low beam. The automatic antiglare function on the interior mirror uses a sensor to detect strong light from sources such as the headlights of following vehicles and automatically adjusts reflectivity to reduce glare and make night-driving safer.
Steering Responsive Headlights moves the beam right or left when turning at corners and intersections to illuminate the direction of travel. The Subaru XV Crossover employs the two headlight controls for the first time, improving night-time visibility and recognition capabilities of EyeSight.
The Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection offers blind spot detection, lane change assistance and reversing assistance to enhance all-around preventive safety.
There are two trim levels available, in two engine specifications, SE and SE Premium.
SE models are equipped as standard with Eyesight, adaptive cruise control, hi-beam assist, Subaru rear vehicle rear detection, automatic LED headlamps and headlamp washers, alloy wheels (1.6 litre models – 17-inch alloy & 2.0 litre models – 18-inch alloy), heated front seats, keyless entry and push-button start, and privacy glass, as well as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, incorporating audio, smartphone connectivity and a rear view parking camera. The system also incorporates Subaru STARLINK and is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
SE Premium models add leather seats, satellite navigation, sunroof, and electrically-adjustable driver’s seat for added functionality.
Subaru XV Crossover -
Models Price CO2(g/km)
1.6i SE CVT €33,495 145
1.6i SE Premium CVT €36,495 145
2.0i SE CVT €35,495 155
2.0i SE Premium CVT €38,495 155
To find out more about Subaru’s range, visit www.subaru.ie.