Subaru adds fresh flair and more safety to its XV SUV

Subaru XV now comes with a new look, extra safety features and an additional hybrid variant.

Subaru has revealed details of a mid-life update for its XV all-wheel-drive (AWD) wagon, which includes revised styling, the introduction of Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) technology across the range, and a new hybrid variant.

On the styling front, every model in the expanded six-model XV line-up features a new grille, front bumper, fog light surround and new-design 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels. 

There are also two new paint colours, Plasma Yellow Pearl and Horizon Blue Pearl which replace Sunshine Orange and Quartz Blue Pearl respectively.

All models now feature Subaru’s SI-Drive mode system which offers the choice between greater efficiency in I mode and sportier performance in S mode, via steering wheel controls.

New-look Subaru XV.

Ride and handling have also been enhanced in the new models thanks to suspension revisions including changes to the front coil springs and dampers.  

The XV hybrid range is also expanded to two variants with the previous XV Hybrid AWD model replaced by the XV Hybrid L AWD and Hybrid S AWD.

Both hybrid variants feature Subaru’s e-Active Shift Control, which the company says supports responsive driving.

The selectable SI-Drive system includes S mode which, when selected, automatically activates the e-Active Shift Control to deliver more responsive performance from the standard CVT transmission. 

When operational, e-Active Shift Control provides more dynamic transmission response for sportier driving, such as automatically downshifting when braking for a corner, holding gears and preventing upshifts when cornering and downshifting on hill descents. 

New-look Subaru XV.

The range-topping XV 2.0i-S AWD and Hybrid S AWD also add driver assist technology, in the form of a Front View Monitor and Side View Monitor integrated into the front grille and passenger side door mirror respectively.

The XV is Subaru’s second biggest seller after the Forester and a key player in the hotly contested small SUV category.

Its year-to-date sales at the end of September of 5991 units places it fourth behind key rivals, including the Mitsubishi ASX, Hyundai Kona,  Kia Seltos, and the Honda HR-V. 

The XV’s sales so far this year are down 24% while the category overall is down just under 10%.

Subaru XV MY21 manufacturer's list pricing:

 2.0i AWD  $29,690
 2.0i-L AWD  $31,990
 2.0i Premium AWD  $34,590
 2.0i-S AWD  $37,290
 Hybrid L AWD  $35,490
 Hybrid S AWD  $40,790