Prettier fine print
Subaru now offers longer maintenance plan on new XV
SUBARU has given the XV a revised look, with a larger chrome split wing on the front bumper and a longer spoiler at the back, but its under the roof and in the fine print where the real changes benefits await.
Under the hood, all is still as it should be, with the same award- winning 2.0- litre Boxer that makes 110kW of at 6,200 rpm and 196 Nm from 4,200 rpm mated to a six- speed manual transmission or a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission that delivers a claimed average of about 8l/ 100km. Subaru will, however, offer and extended five year or 120 000 km full maintenance plan until 31 March 2016.
The XV’s also still rides a class- leading 22 cm high, but the 17- inch dual- tone alloy wheels with black inlays and silver spokes that have now been slightly turned to convey a sense of movement to the overall design.
While the exterior changes are more akin to touching up the lipstick and mascara, the interior changes now puts the XV on par with some of its larger and more expensive siblings.
The steering wheel has changed to match the one found on Legacy and Outback models with satellite controls for audio, voice recognition, cruise control and use of the Multi- mode trip computer.
A new visual tweak of the wheel is the addition of bold or- ange stitching that is also carried into the rest of the cabin.
This youthful touch extends to the seat and headrest sides, the central and door armrests as well as the gear shifter boot giving the roomy cabin a fresh appeal.
Silver paddle shifters on the steering wheel have now been re- introduced on the CVT models for easier use of the manual transmission mode.
Also awaiting Subaru XV drivers is a revised Entertainment interface. Offered as standard on the new XV is a variety of connectivity options including BlueTooth integration, USB and auxiliary ports. An allnew feature that is now standard across the range of Subaru models is Siri Eyes- Free, which connects to the already standard voice recognition system.
And it all works without rattles, as the latest Consumer Reports from the U. S. shows.
The reports are produced by an independent US- based research organisation that scores aggregate road- test performance, vehicle reliability, passive and active safety, performance and owner satisfaction to rate car brands. Subaru this year placed second overall out of thirty car manufacturers, up from an already impressive fifth place in 2015.
Subaru Pietermaritzburg says new owners can experience all this in the three XV models, starting from R338 000 and topping out at R395 000.
The XV has just retouched its make- up outside, but now offers big Subaru value on the inside.
The interior of the XV has been enhanced with toys from the bigger stablemates, but still show the AWD in action.