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The all-new XV brings with it the renowned 2-litre boxer en­gine which has served the com­pany well since its in­tro­duc­tion in 1965 as a 1,000 cc unit. The lat­est Subaru en­gine gen­er­ates 115 kW at 6,000 r/min, and de­liv­ers 196 Nm of torque from 4,200 r/min. This is more than ad­e­quate un­der nor­mal op­er­at­ing con­di­tions and, to­gether with claimed av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion fig­ures of 7.3 l/100 km, the VX con­tin­ues the tra­di­tion of leg­endary Subaru re­li­a­bil­ity. In fact, this rep­u­ta­tion led to man­u­fac­tur­ing gi­ant Toy­ota ac­quir­ing a share of the com­pany, and also get­ting their hands on Subaru’s boxer en­gine, which is cur­rently do­ing duty in the Toy­ota 86. Un­usu­ally, since Subaru is famed for its all-wheel-drive sys­tem, the 86 (and the Subaru BRZ ver­sion) only fea­ture rear-wheel drive.

Mod­els

Avail­able in two spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els, buy­ers may ei­ther choose the 2.0i CVT en­try-level model or the 2.0i-S ES CVT which fea­tures 18” wheels rather than the stan­dard model’s 17-inch­ers. The en­trylevel XV will also forego such de­lec­ta­ble fea­tures as rear cross traf­fic alert, pre­c­ol­li­sion brak­ing, lane sway and de­par­ture warn­ing, as well as adap­tive cruise con­trol.

On the other hand, both mod­els are com­pre­hen­sively equipped with Ap­ple CarPlay/An­droid Auto, voice com­mand recog­ni­tion, cruise con­trol, pad­dle shift­ing, elec­tronic park brake and ve­hi­cle dy­namic con­trol.

Eye­sight Tech­nol­ogy De­scribed as an ex­tra pair of eyes on the road – and an ex­tra foot on the brake when needed – Eye­sight Driver As­sist Tech­nol­ogy is claimed to add con­fi­dence to ev­ery trip by mon­i­tor­ing traf­fic move­ment, op­ti­miz­ing cruise con­trol, and as­sist­ing drivers if the ve­hi­cle strays out­side its lane. The pre-col­li­sion brak­ing fea­ture can even ap­ply full brak­ing force in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions. The core of the Eye­sight sys­tem is its set of dual colour cam­eras. Placed un­ob­tru­sively near the rear-view mir­ror, they con­stantly scan the road for dan­gers.

The In­te­rior

The new front seats fea­ture cloth in the en­try-level ver­sion and high-grade leather with elec­tric ad­just­ment in the high-end model. En­try is key­less, and both mod­els are equipped with push-but­ton start sys­tems, cruise con­trol, as well as al­loy ped­als and footrest. Safety is taken care of by no fewer than seven airbags, a re­in­forced cabin, and whiplash-mit­i­gat­ing front seats which also en­hance a sense of com­fort.

Subaru’s Global Plat­form

The Subaru Global Plat­form (SGP) will un­der­pin the next gen­er­a­tion of Subaru ve­hi­cles. En­hanc­ing all-round safety and per­for­mance, it goes be­yond bet­ter per­for­mance with sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanced road hold­ing and sta­bil­ity at high speed. Im­proved chas­sis rigid­ity, sus­pen­sion and sta­bilis­ers im­prove oc­cu­pant com­fort, lead­ing to less fa­tigue on long trips.

Fi­nal Say

Com­pet­i­tively priced, both mod­els now com­pete on more than equal terms with traditional mar­ket lead­ers such as the Toy­ota RAV. Fur­ther im­prove­ments to fuel ef­fi­ciency will like­wise help to change the (mis­taken) per­cep­tion that the 2-litre petrol en­gine is a fuel guz­zler, and there is ev­ery chance that Subaru will make dra­matic in­roads in the sales charts where ri­vals cur­rently rule the roost.

We hope to get our hands on the lat­est VX in the near fu­ture for a proper eval­u­a­tion of th­ese un­der­rated but su­perbly safe and re­li­able cars.

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