Sec­ond-gen XV shows dis­tinct style

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Derek Og­den

I thought I was over small-to-mid­dling SUVs, those mostly bor­ing looka­likes scam­per­ing around streets of the world in ev­er­in­creas­ing num­bers. So, what’s changed? The new Subaru XV has turned up, that’s what.

On the bi­tu­men, the sports util­ity ve­hi­cle ex­hibits car-like qual­i­ties of com­fort, con­ve­nience, safety and econ­omy. Off-road, with ground clear­ance of 220mm and X-Mode tech­nol­ogy — more about that in a mo­ment — it is ca­pa­ble of con­quer­ing con­di­tions many four­wheel-drive own­ers would think twice about tack­ling.

The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion XV comes in four vari­ants — 2.0i, 2.0i-L, 2.0i Pre­mium and 2.0i-S — with a re­duced en­try-level price of $27,990, plus on-road costs, and is the sec­ond Subaru af­ter the new Im­preza to make use of the com­pany’s ac­claimed global plat­form.

Subaru Aus­tralia man­ag­ing direc­tor Colin Christie, says the XV arrives at a piv­otal time for the com­pany, with sales grow­ing to a whole new level.

“Just like Out­back and Forester be­fore it, our small SUV has carved a hugely suc­cess­ful path that will only grow with the de­but of the even more ca­pa­ble sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion XV,” he said.

The new XV is un­der­pinned by the Subaru global plat­form, de­signed to pro­vide high rigid­ity, and strength to­gether with less weight.

Rolling re­sis­tance is re­duced with the help of spe­cially de­vel­oped tyres.

Power comes from a new 2.0-litre four-cylin­der direct-in­jec­tion nat­u­rally as­pi­rated en­gine pro­duc­ing 115kW of power at 6000rpm and 196Nm of torque at 4000 revs and is mated with a new, lighter Lin­eartronic con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion with a wider gear range than pre­vi­ously.

Fuel con­sump­tion is claimed by the maker to be 7.0 litres per 100km on the com­bined ur­ban/high­way cy­cle with car­bon diox­ide emis­sions put at 159g per kilo­me­tre. It has a Euro 6 rat­ing.

Min­i­mum fuel re­quire­ment is just 90 RON.

Un­der nor­mal driv­ing con­di­tions, Subaru’s con­stant all-wheeldrive makes sure power is di­rected to the wheels with most grip, while X-Mode can be en­gaged at the press of a but­ton.

This co-or­di­nates the oper­a­tion of the en­gine con­trol unit, trac­tion con­trol and ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics con­trol to im­prove drive­abil­ity and wheel grip.

VDC also uses hill de­scent con­trol to slow the ve­hi­cle on steep in­clines and leave the driver to con­cen­trate solely on steer­ing.

The shape of the XV is like no other SUV, with a solid de­sign theme based on a chis­elled look to edges and curves, pro­duc­ing a solid pro­file de­void of soft styling.

A sturdy hor­i­zon­tal bar across the ra­di­a­tor grille is a re­minder of hor­i­zon­tally op­posed en­gine con­rods and Subaru’s boxer her­itage, while a sharp wind­screen angle, to­gether with a large rear spoiler and bumper, aids aero­dy­nam­ics.

LED head­lamps of the range­top­ping XV 2.0i-S in­cor­po­rate ad­vanced func­tions such as steer­ing re­sponse and day­time run­ning lights.

Other grades fea­ture halo­gen head­lamps.

All XVs run on 17-inch al­loy wheels, ex­cept the top-rat­ing 2.0i-S, which wears 18-inch al­loys.

Tow­ing ca­pac­ity is put at 1400kg with a braked trailer and 650kg with­out brakes.

The new Subaru global plat­form has given more in­te­rior width and height to the XV with added at­ten­tion to de­tail, in­clud­ing switches and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays and use of high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and qual­ity fin­ish.

Dis­plays vary from model to model, with a 6.3-inch colour multi-func­tion dis­play across the range at the top of the cen­tral dash­board pre­sent­ing use­ful and en­ter­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion such as au­dio, air-con­di­tion­ing, fuel ef­fi­ciency, favourites and set­tings.

The lower part of the screen pro­vides vi­su­als of Subaru’s ad­vanced safety func­tions, in­clud­ing Eye­Sight on the 2.0i-L, Pre­mium and S, auto lights and vi­sion as­sist.

Eye­Sight, in con­junc­tion with adap­tive cruise con­trol, mon­i­tors the ve­hi­cle ahead and adapts the speed to match the dis­tance.

A turn-by-turn screen in the in­stru­ment clus­ter in­di­cates turns in con­junc­tion with the satellite nav­i­ga­tion.

Smart­phones can be con­nected via Ap­ple CarPlay or An­droid Auto, with an 8.0-inch screen in up­per grades, or 6.5-inch one on 2.0i sit­u­ated high on the dash.

Disclaimer: a fam­ily mem­ber owns a first gen­er­a­tion six-speed man­ual Subaru XV. Should I en­cour­age her to trade up to the new model? Not half. No pres­sure.

The new Subaru XV is like no other car in the small-to-medium SUV seg­ment. Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion XV has a chis­elled look to edges and curves, set­ting it apart from com­peti­tors in the seg­ment.

The Subaru XV is a ver­sa­tile ve­hi­cle.

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