Pret­tier fine print

Subaru now of­fers longer main­te­nance plan on new XV

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

In­te­rior en­hance­ments

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.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

The XV has just re­touched its make- up out­side, but now of­fers big Subaru value on the in­side.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

The in­te­rior of the XV has been en­hanced with toys from the big­ger sta­ble­mates, but still show the AWD in ac­tion.

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