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2018 Subaru XV on sale now, priced from $27,990

The 2018 Subaru XV is now on sale. The second generation combines what Subaru calls “style and substance” to bring buyers a “highly capable high-riding package”.

The 2018 Subaru XV 2.0i-L, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i-S will go straight to market featuring EyeSight driver assist, which includes Lane Keep Assist and Reverse Automatic Braking (a first on any Australian Subaru). Buyers of the base model XV 2.0i miss out on EyeSight driver assist.

All 2018 Subaru XV models feature Active Torque Vectoring, which helps the XV “turn better and improving response with steering and control”. The XV 2.0i-S also adds High Beam Assist.

Like all Subaru models (except for the BRZ) the 2018 Subaru XV comes with all-wheel drive as standard, and also now features what Subaru calls ” X-Mode”. Subaru says that the X-Mode feature “makes it easier for drivers to safely navigate bad roads, slippery surfaces and steep hills”. X-Mode includes Hill Descent Control and Vehicle Dynamics Control, and “centralises control of the engine, all-wheel drive, brakes and other critical components to help ensure safe driving” on poor surfaces.

All 2018 Subaru XV models come standard with a 115kW/196Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder (up 5kW from the previous model) and a Constantly Variable Transmission.

The 2018 Subaru XV enters the market with an entry-level price of $27,990 for the XV 2.0i, then $30,340 for the XV 2.0i-L, $32,140 for the XV 2.oi Premium, and $35,240 for the XV 2.oi-S. Leather accented trim comes as a standard feature in 2.0i-L and models above.

The 2018 Subaru XV comes with an all-new interior, as well as “amazing connectivity via new generation infotainment units” that feature Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto connectivity.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said:

“XV arrives at a pivotal time for Subaru, with our sales growing to a whole new level. First generation XV continued Subaru’s remarkable track record in Australia of exploring niche markets with considerable success.

“It has the ideal combination of style and substance that will drive it to the next level in the hearts of Australian buyers. Features like X-Mode show XV is no pretender in the small SUV stakes.

“Ride height and full-time All-Wheel Drive also distinguish XV from the pack and I think we’re safe in saying that its genuine SUV credentials are unmatched in its class on dirt roads and trails, while offering equally impressive ability around town as a fun-themed and stylish wagon.”

As with Subaru’s entire Australian new car range, XV maintains a top five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
Among the XV range highlights:

Pricing is as follows (excludes on-road costs):

2018 Subaru XV 2.0i $27,990
2018 Subaru XV 2.0i-L – $30,340
2018 Subaru XV 2.0i Premium – $32,140
2018 Subaru XV 2.0i-S – $35,240

Specifications are as follows:

XV 2.0i

  • New generation touchscreen infotainment system featuring:
    • Apple CarPlay connectivity
    • Google Android Auto connectivity
  • Subaru Global Platform
  • Active Torque Vectoring
  • Front fog lights with integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

XV 2.0i-L adds (to 2.0i specification):

  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Premium cloth trim
  • Dual zone fully automatic air conditioning
  • Electric folding mirrors with integrated indicators
  • EyeSight driver assist, with new Lane Keep Assist feature
  • Leather accented trim steering wheel and gear shift

XV 2.0i Premium adds (to 2.0i-L specification):

  • Electric sunroof
  • Factory fitted SatNav powered by TomTom

XV 2.0i-S adds (to 2.0i Premium specification):

  • Automatic head lights
  • Automatic front wipers
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • High Beam Assist
  • Leather accented trim
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Steering responsive LED head lights with integrated DRLs
  • Vision Assist features:
    • Blind Spot Monitoring
    • Lane Change Assist
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
    • Reverse Automatic Braking – debut feature in Australia
  • 18-inch wheels – pattern unique to the variant
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Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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