2014 SUBARU XV

 February 2014

SUBARU XV UPGRADED FOR 2014

 

·2014 enhancements improve refinement, ride and handling

· Smoother petrol-engine power delivery thanks to new valve-train components

· Body structure revised for even greater safety

· Improved quality of cabin materials

· Two new exterior paint finishes

· New Gear Shift Indicator and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

· XV range rationalised to provide simpler customer offer

·  Pricing unchanged, with range starting from £21,995 on-the-road

·  Five-year, 100,000-mile warranty as standard

 

The Subaru XV compact crossover has received a number of upgrades for 2014, bringing improvements to refinement, ride, handling and cabin quality. The Subaru XV Model Year (MY) 2014 goes on sale across Subaru UK’s nationwide dealer network from this month.

On sale since 2012, the Subaru XV stands out in its sector by benefiting from permanent All-Wheel Drive as standard. The XV also boasts the highest ground clearance and is among the lightest vehicles in its class, aiding the car’s genuine off-road ability, while a low centre of gravity enhances on-road handling.

The Subaru XV offers UK buyers a choice of two horizontally-opposed, four-cylinder Boxer engines – a 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel – and two transmissions (six-speed manual and six-speed CVT automatic). The XV is among the best in class for fuel efficiency, with the 2.0-litre diesel recording 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 146g/km (combined cycle).

Improved ride comfort and refinement for petrol models

For the Subaru XV MY2014, models fitted with the 2.0i petrol engines receive suspension modifications. Enhanced damping performance on both front and rear suspension systems results in improved ride quality, as well as greater stability and control over poor road surfaces.

The XV’s 2.0i petrol engine has also been further developed to improve refinement, with a range of new valve-train components. Longer intake and exhaust valves and re-engineered rocker arms and valve covers reduce engine noise and improve engine refinement at idle and at speed. Greater use of sound-proofing materials under the bonnet further improves refinement and limits noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

NVH is also improved across the XV range - including 2.0-litre diesel models - with the addition of a sound-proof cover in the bulkhead that separates the engine and passenger compartments, further insulating the cabin from engine noise.

Improved steering feel and linear responses

The power steering system in the Subaru XV has been optimised to improve stability and feel. A new inflating dynamic damper system reduces steering wheel and column vibration, while the electrically-assisted steering system has been fine-tuned to provide more weight, greater straight-line steering feel and a more linear steering response at all speeds and steering angles. The changes to the steering system are designed to give buyers greater confidence in the car at all speeds.

Crash safety performance

Changes to the structure of the MY2014 car have yielded further improvements in crash safety performance. A thicker, reshaped front suspension lower arm and further reinforcements around the base of the A-pillar endow the car with greater strength around the front of the strut structure, resulting in better performance in the event of a collision.

The XV was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating when it was launched, with particularly high scores in the ‘child occupant’ (90 per cent) and ‘adult occupant’ (86 per cent) categories.

Upgraded interior elements

Subaru’s designers have added a number of highlights to the interior to improve the overall look and feel of the cabin compared to 2013 models.

Designers have achieved this with the addition of the traditional blue Subaru logo on the steering wheel and higher-quality silver surrounds housing the steering wheel buttons.

On the dashboard, the heater control dials are now silver, while the earlier matt black buttons in the centre of the dials – controlling the car’s dual-zone air conditioning system and screen heating elements – are now in gloss black.

For the exterior of the Subaru XV, two new colours will be available on the 2014 range – Venetian Red Pearl and Quartz Blue Pearl – alongside the existing range of five exterior paint finishes, Ice Silver Metallic, Tangerine Orange Pearl, Marine Blue Pearl, Satin White and Dark Grey Metallic.

Improved functionality

Two new functions have been added to improve safety and driver convenience – a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Gear Shift Indicator, both now fitted as standard to every model in the range.

TPMS replaces the regular tyre valve with a tyre pressure sensor. Drivers are alerted to loss in tyre pressure by a new TPMS warning light in the instrument cluster.

To help drivers attain greater fuel efficiency on manual models, a Gear Shift Indicator in the instrument cluster provides change-up or change-down arrows.

Simplified Subaru XV range

In order to rationalise the range, the 1.6i petrol engine will no longer be offered in the UK, while 2.0i petrol and 2.0 diesel engines are available in either SE or SE Premium trim. The high level of specification on Subaru XV SE models remains unchanged, while the new SE Premium trim level replaces the previous Lux Premium model, adding satellite navigation and leather interior to an already impressive list of features. Customers buying petrol models can choose between either a six-speed manual or Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT transmission. Diesel versions are available in manual only.

Pricing unchanged for MY2014

In spite of the upgrades, prices for the Subaru XV are unchanged for 2014, with the range starting from £21,995 on-the-road for the 2.0i SE model. Prices were reduced by £2,300 last July, making the XV one of the best value All-Wheel Drive crossovers on the market.

As with every model in the Subaru range, the XV is sold as standard with a five-year, 100,000 mile warranty.        

Subaru XV 2.0i SE   £21,995
Subaru XV 2.0i SE Lineartronic    £23,495
Subaru XV 2.0i SE Premium £23,995
Subaru XV 2.0i SE Premium Lineartronic  £25,495
Subaru XV 2.0D SE  £23,995
Subaru XV 2.0D SE Premium  

£25,995

To find out more about the Subaru XV, visit www.subaru.co.uk.

 -Ends-

Note to Editors:

For the full press kit on the 2014 XV and for further information on the Subaru range of cars please visit www.subarumedia.co.uk.

A new 2014 Subaru XV 2.0i SE Premium Lineartronic is now available for press evaluation via the Subaru press fleet booking system.

PR contacts:

Robin Bartlett Tom Richards
Group PR and Events Manager Subaru (UK) PFPR Communications
Tel: 0121 730 8161 Tel: 01622 766 515
Mob: 07807 284 368 tom.richards@pfpr.com
rbartlett@subaru.co.uk  

 

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