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We test drive the new Subaru XV

Style Magazine - - Motoring -

Subaru’s sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion XV small SUV will be priced from $27,990 be­fore on-roads when it ar­rives in show­rooms next month. The out­go­ing XV was priced from $26,740 with a man­ual gear­box, but the new model comes only with a CVT au­to­matic gear­box (for­merly a $2500 op­tion), mean­ing a sav­ing of $1250 over the old en­try-level auto. The man­ual gear­box has been dropped from the XV range due to Aus­tralia’s over­whelm­ing pref­er­ence for self-shifters. The move fol­lows Subaru also only of­fer­ing its new Im­preza model with a CVT auto. Pop­u­lar in its seg­ment as a gen­uine all-wheel-drive off-roader, the XV comes in four ver­sions: the 2.0i for $27,990 (down $1250); mid-range 2.0i-l (up $100 to $30,340); 2.0i Pre­mium (down $600 to $32,140) and range top­ping 2.0i-s (down $300 to $35,240). Also help­ing on the fi­nan­cial front is a much-im­proved ser­vice in­ter­val plan for the new model. The 2017 XV now only needs ser­viced ev­ery year or 12,500km, whereas be­fore it was ev­ery six months/10,000km. The new XV fea­tures X-mode all-wheel-drive, ex­cel­lent 220mm ground clear­ance, hill de­scent con­trol, Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto and im­pres­sive crash-pre­vent­ing Eye­sight Driver As­sist on all but the en­try level grade. All mod­els use a 115kw/196nm 2.0-litre four-cylin­der boxer en­gine, while the XV is built on the all-new Subaru Global Plat­form (in­tro­duced on the new Im­preza), bring­ing im­prove­ments to body and chas­sis rigid­ity and sta­bil­ity.

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