Subaru XV gets in­te­rior up­grade and re-tuned chas­sis

The Oban Times - - Motors -

Subaru UK has an­nounced a raft of mod­i­fi­ca­tions and up­grades to the in­te­rior and chas­sis of its XV com­pact cross­over.

The in­te­rior changes re­sult in fur­ther sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments to cabin re­fine­ment and am­bi­ence, and in­clude an all new fac­tory-fit in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem first seen on the new Out­back ear­lier this year.

Boast­ing the low­est cen­tre of grav­ity in the com­pact cross­over class – and the high­est ground clear­ance – changes to the car’s sus­pen­sion have been de­signed to re­sult in a smoother, more com­pli­ant ride but with­out sac­ri­fic­ing any of the sta­bil­ity that the XV is renowned for.

The up­graded Subaru XV goes on sale through the Subaru UK dealer net­work this month.

Among the most im­por­tant changes to the up­graded XV is a re­vised in­te­rior, which now fea­tures im­proved ma­te­ri­als and an all-new touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment and nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem.

The in­te­rior de­sign now has a higher- qual­ity look and feel thanks to the adop­tion of an all new in­stru­ment bin­na­cle and new me­tal­lic and pi­ano black ac­cents through­out the cabin for the cen­tral con­sole, dash­board and steer­ing wheel switchgear and arm rests; Lin­eartronic mod­els get a new shift lever and new hous­ing with me­tal and pi­ano black ac­cents.

The driver’s LCD in­stru­ment bin­na­cle has been com­pletely re­designed and fea­tures more up­mar­ket, con­tem­po­rary blue di­als with new graph­ics. The over­all re­sult of these changes is a more con­tem­po­rary and cos­set­ing am­bi­ence.

An en­hanced in­fo­tain­ment, nav­i­ga­tion and au­dio sys­tem is now fit­ted as stan­dard to all XV mod­els in the UK. The all-new 7.0-inch touch­screen dis­play al­lows smart­phone-style con­trol over the ad­vanced nav­i­ga­tion and in­fo­tain­ment fea­tures, with a swipe and pinch con­trol func­tion for map dis­plays. The in­fo­tain­ment dis­play echoes the new blue glow of the driver’s in­stru­ment bin­na­cle.

The in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and other ve­hi­cle func­tions can also be con­trolled through Subaru’s latest- gen­er­a­tion voice con­trol fa­cil­ity. This al­lows the driver to keep their eyes on the road ahead while se­lect­ing a favourite ra­dio sta­tion or al­bum, set­ting a new satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion des­ti­na­tion or chang­ing the power or tem­per­a­ture of the cli­mate con­trol sys­tem.

The sys­tem’s smart­phone func­tion­al­ity ex­tends to a range of apps that can be down­loaded onto users’ phones or tablets, which pair-up via Star­link – these in­clude weather and traf­fic re­ports, wire­less au­dio, news up­dates and a cal­en­dar.

The in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem also now houses a stan­dard-fit rear view cam­era, of­fer­ing a crys­tal clear wide 160- de­gree field of view be­hind the car when re­vers­ing.

The pas­sen­ger can also now en­gage with the car’s dash­board-top Multi- Func­tion Dis­play (MFD), with the con­trol switch moved from the steer­ing wheel to the cen­tre of the dash­board. The MFD pro­vides a range of in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to a num­ber of the car’s sys­tems, in­clud­ing the sta­tus of its per­ma­nent All-Wheel Drive sys­tem, as well as fuel econ­omy and trip in­for­ma­tion.

The car also now re­ceives an ex­tra USB jack, al­low­ing oc­cu­pants to lis­ten to mu­sic from one USB- com­pat­i­ble de­vice while charg­ing another at the same time. The cen­tre- con­sole cup hold­ers have been re- de­signed and now fea­ture a slid­ing cover. The Subaru XV is sold as stan­dard with a Sym­met­ri­cal All-Wheel Drive pow­er­train and the brand’s ad­vanced Ve­hi­cles Dy­nam­ics Con­trol sys­tem.

With its 220 mm ground clear­ance and low­est-in­class cen­tre of grav­ity, the Subaru XV has al­ways been re­mark­ably sta­ble in all con­di­tions. For the up­graded model, Subaru engi­neers’ key fo­cus was to im­prove the car’s ride qual­ity and re­duce the in­tru­sion of noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness (NVH) into the cabin.

For both front and rear sus­pen­sion, the dampers have had their pitch rate low­ered, re­sult­ing in a smoother and more com­fort­able ride than ear­lier mod­els, while re­duc­ing roll slightly. The damp­ing power of the struts and new coil-spring set­tings now bet­ter sup­press the trans­fer of vi­bra­tions into the cabin, while fur­ther re­duc­ing roll for greater cor­ner­ing sta­bil­ity.

The rear sus­pen­sion fea­tures new spring rate set­tings to fur­ther im­prove sta­bil­ity un­der cor­ner­ing by en­sur­ing greater tyre con­tact with the road, while al­low­ing for greater flex­i­bil­ity in ride over bro­ken road sur­faces.

A 10% quicker steer­ing ra­tio (down from 15.5:1 to 14.0:1) has been adopted to im­prove the XV’s steer­ing re­sponse and pro­vide more lin­ear, di­rect and sta­ble han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics, re­quir­ing only 2.8 turns, lock-to- lock. The front cross- mem­ber has also been stiff­ened to im­prove steer­ing sta­bil­ity.

NVH changes Noise from in­side the cabin has been re­duced thanks to the more wide­spread ap­pli­ca­tion of sound-ab­sorbent ma­te­rial through­out the car, fur­ther cut­ting the in­tru­sion of vi­bra­tions and en­gine, wind and road noise into the cabin.

This has been man­aged with the adop­tion of new un­der- bon­net in­su­la­tors, ex­tra sound- dead­en­ing ma­te­rial through­out the floor of the car, and seal­ing and sound-ab­sorb­ing ma­te­ri­als around the front and rear quar­ter lights and door lips.

The XV’s un­der- body cover has also been re­shaped to re­duce wind roar around the rear of the car, while thicker glass for the front side win­dows and front quar­ter lights fur­ther re­duces wind noise around the A- and B- pil­lars.

The up­graded XV’s cabin is now 1dB qui­eter un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion or when trav­el­ling at high speed, pro­vid­ing a qui­eter and more re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment for oc­cu­pants.

Up­graded XV re­tains its £21,995 RRP In spite of all the changes, the up­graded Subaru XV re­tains its ex­ist­ing on-the- road price, with the range start­ing from £21,995. Buy­ers of a new XV cur­rently re­ceive 3 years’ free ser­vic­ing and a £1000 de­posit con­tri­bu­tion from Subaru UK. The car is of­fered with Subaru UK’s com­pre­hen­sive five-year, 100,000 mile war­ranty.

Mod­i­fied sus­pen­sion and ex­tra sound­proof­ing

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