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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.
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 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.
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.