• The all-new Subaru XV: A compact crossover appealing to customers who want great capability as well as style.
  • All-around safety as standard with EyeSight, Subaru’s driver assistance system, Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection and great crash protection credentials.
  • Improved driving experience with new Subaru Global Platform and equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel drive for grip right when you need it.
  • Built to last, with durable interior trims Subaru customers love.
  • Trademark Subaru simplicity – two well specified trims available with a choice of 1.6L and 2.0L petrol engines paired to Subaru’s Lineartronic gearbox.
  • Available from £24,995 OTR          

What’s new?

The all-new XV is just that; all-new from the ground up. Key features at a glance are;

  • A brand-new platform – Subaru Global Platform (SGP). XV is the second model available in the UK to use Subaru’s new generation platform.
  • New interior and exterior design.
  • Enhanced and new technologies throughout, including EyeSight, Subaru’s advanced driver assistance system.
  • X-Mode & Hill Descent Control for extreme driving conditions

XV Positioning & History

First introduced in 2012, the XV was launched with the concept of genuine capability in a compact body and stood apart by having a higher ground clearance than competitor vehicles. XV was facelifted in early 2016, with a variety of engine updates, a more direct steering rack and upgraded cabin. 

New XV appeals to a younger demographic than other SUVs in the range and is ideal for customers with an active, outdoor lifestyle.  It has been designed with off-road capability in mind and styling that has function as well as being visually appealing.  XV is ideal by design for people who need complete confidence that their car can drive safely with optimum grip and stability in adverse conditions such as rain, floods, icy hills and on tricky terrain including muddy fields.

The All-New XV builds on this history and the engineering team undertook field research with XV customers to see what they used their vehicles for day-to-day.

One particular example is field research in Portland, on the northern side of the west coast of America. It is close to beaches, within a 2-hour drive of Mount Hood, and outdoor activities are a big part of life there. People mount bikes, canoes and snowboards on their XVs to go out to the mountains or beaches regularly. Driving on rough roads to rivers, snow-covered hills to ski slopes and unpaved roads to campsites is the norm. This kind of capability is a central aspect of the XV.

Engineers also noted a significant amount of urban use by customers – driving around and to town centres for work and play. XV has been tailored to perform with improved visibility, refinement, compact dimensions and driver assistance technology to make driving easier in urban areas. 

Suggested competitors for XV are Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Toyota CH-R.

Subaru Global Platform

XV is the second Subaru in the UK to be launched on the Subaru Global Platform. The Subaru Global Platform will form the foundations for each new Subaru going forward, including adaptability for all powertrains, including alternative fuel.

The Subaru Global Platform is a cutting edge re-design of the body and chassis that advances performance and delivers superior driving capability, while furthering Subaru's commitment to building the safest cars on the road.  It works in tandem with our horizontally opposed engines and symmetrical all-wheel drive to create a more enjoyable, safer vehicle for Subaru drivers.

The Subaru Global Platform gives confidence in every aspect of the driving experience and has been engineered with two main objectives:  Dynamic Quality and Safety Performance.

Dynamic Quality

One of the core benefits of the SGP is improved driving capability and dynamic feel.

For a dynamic driving feel, straight line stability and handling needs to be high, noise and vibration needs to be low and the ride comfort needs to be compliant yet firm. 

Chassis rigidity has been improved significantly across four key areas:

Chassis area

Percentage improvement versus outgoing XV

Lateral bending rigidity of body


Torsional rigidity of body


Front suspension rigidity


Rear subframe rigidity


Straight line stability

Enhancements in straight-line stability give far greater steering responsiveness and increase driver confidence.

The framework has been optimised and stiffened to improve lateral bending stiffness for the front body by 90%.  Reinforced joints and a revised configuration have improved body torsional rigidity by 70%.  These changes have contributed to straight-line stability as they help the car to stay between more defined parameters when cornering.  In turn, this increases driver confidence in the car allowing them to react to hazards and position the car exactly where needed.

Noise and Vibration

Increasing the rigidity of the body, chassis and suspension has reduced noise and vibration while increasing the comfort level of the vehicle.

Improved handling and ride quality

Suspension mount rigidity has been increased which ensures the damper moves as intended by ensuring the mounting point has minimal flex and is holding the damper securely in place.

A rear stabiliser is now attached directly to the body which significantly reduces body roll compared to previous models, ensuring a comfortable and controlled ride.

Safety Performance

Body strength has been increased by 40% allowing the chassis to absorb more energy in the event of a collision. This has been achieved by increasing the cross section of the frame and using hot press moulded sections at key points on the chassis.

To further improve crash safety performance, a new smoother frame layout offers three routes to disperse impact energy versus two conduction routes on the previous model.  The smoother frame design also offers less obstruction to energy transmission versus the previously used dog-leg design.  

An increased proportion of energy is now also directed beneath the seating compartment for increased passenger safety.

A smoother frame layout is used with three conduction routes: 

Safety Systems

Safety is a key focus of the new XV, with a suite of advanced driver assist systems in addition to traditional safety equipment.


EyeSight is Subaru’s advanced driver assist technology, which acts as a second pair of eyes for the driver.

In the UK, Outback was the first model to be fitted with EyeSight followed by Levorg in early 2017 and Forester in Autumn 2017. Going forwards, EyeSight will be introduced across the Subaru range.

The institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis in Japan produced a study of Subaru vehicles involved in accidents 2010-2014 and found that there were 61% fewer accidents involving EyeSight equipped cars versus cars without EyeSight.

Globally, the milestone of 1 million EyeSight-equipped vehicles on the road was reached in 2016.

EyeSight uses two stereo cameras to capture three-dimensional colour images with excellent image recognition, and is nearly as capable as the human eye. EyeSight can recognise vehicles, motorbikes, bicycles, pedestrians and lane markings. It is more accurate than traditional camera and sensor technologies as it can distinguish objects as opposed to noticing that there is an unidentified obstacle.

A camera is mounted either side of the rear-view mirror to monitor the road for potential hazards up to 110 metres ahead. EyeSight takes an image from each camera and compares these images to determine the distance of this object. The larger the displacement of each image, the closer the object is.

Depending on the vehicle’s speed, accidents can either be completely avoided or the severity significantly reduced.

EyeSight consists of six different technologies:

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adjusts vehicle speed to maintain a set distance from the car in front.  

Pre-Collision Braking

The system will alert the driver of a potential collision using a visual and audible warning.  If the driver does not take evasive action, the brakes will be applied automatically to either prevent the accident entirely or reduce the severity of an impact depending on your speed.  If the driver brakes but does not apply enough pressure, the system will significantly increase braking force.

Pre-collision Throttle Management

If the car is parked facing an obstacle, EyeSight will warn (visual and audible) the driver if they accidentally select drive instead of reverse.  The system will also cut engine output to help avoid a frontal collision.

Lane Sway and Departure Warning

The driver will be alerted with a visual and audible warning if the vehicle sways or departs its lane without indicating.

Lane Keep Assist

The system will offer gentle steering control if the vehicle is about to deviate from its lane at approximately 40mph or above.

Lead Vehicle Start Alert

It will prompt the driver, with a visual and audible warning, that traffic ahead has started moving.

Active Safety Systems

In addition to EyeSight, XV is fitted with a number of systems to aid the driver with everyday manoeuvres such as reversing out of bays, and driving on twisty roads, leaving them to fully focus on the road.

High Beam Assist & steering responsive headlights

XV is equipped with bi-functional projector LED headlights.  Using a single bulb enables drivers to switch between low beam and high beam LED.

Steering Responsive Headlights have been introduced to improve safety and increase visibility at night.  The headlight beam moves sideways to match steering input and illuminate corners when turning.  This functionality can be used in high and low beam as the LED headlights are a single unit.

For additional safety and convenience, High Beam Assist will automatically switch headlights from high to low beam when oncoming traffic is detected.

Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection System (SRVD)

XV is the fourth Subaru in Europe to be fitted with the Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection (SRVD) suite of safety technologies.

The system helps the driver to change lanes on the motorway safely or detect hard to see hazards when completing low speed manoeuvres. SRVD is a radar-based system, with radars fitted beneath the rear combination lamps and covered by the rear bumper, detecting vehicles to either side of the car.

SRVD is a package of three technologies, designed to alert the driver to potential hazards behind the vehicle:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring detects vehicles in the driver’s blind spots to the rear of the car. The LED indicator in the door mirror will illuminate to notify the driver.  If the driver then indicates (while a vehicle is detected in the blind spot), the LED indicator will change from a static warning to the indicator flashing to alert the driver.
  • Lane Change Assist warns the driver if another vehicle approaches the rear of the car in a neighboring lane.  If the driver indicates to change lanes at that moment, the static LED light changes to a flashing warning.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert issues a visual and audible alert to warn the driver of approaching vehicles passing behind the car when reversing out of a parking space.

X-Mode & Hill Descent Control

X-Mode & Hill Descent Control is now standard on all variants of New XV.  It was previously only available on Forester and Outback.

XV is already equipped with permanent Symmetrical All Wheel Drive for use in the majority of situations but X-Mode can now provide added assistance if the driver encounters extreme driving conditions.  X-Mode takes control of the engine, transmission, Symmetrical AWD, brakes and other components to help safely navigate slippery surfaces, rough roads and climbing steep hills.

When X-Mode is activated, Hill Descent Control will maintain a constant speed when travelling downhill.  The driver sets an appropriate speed when approaching the hill and then removes their feet from the pedals allowing Hill Descent Control to manage the brakes.  This safety feature enables the driver to concentrate only on steering during the descent but they can still adjust speed if required.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is Subaru’s unique All-Wheel Drive system. Subaru’s system is completely symmetrical front to rear, left to right. The advantage of this combination over a traditional 4WD set up is the weight of the engine and gearbox are spread across the front axle with equal length drive shafts, resulting in perfect weight distribution across the chassis as well as a straight route for traction to all wheels.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is a permanent system, equipping XV with drive to all four wheels whether off-road in a muddy field or on a rainy motorway.

An active torque split system is installed in XV, which is specifically designed for Lineartronic equipped cars. Multi Plate Transfer (MPT) adjusts torque distribution front to rear to suit changing driving conditions with a base torque split of 60:40 biased to the front. The advantage of this system is it is user friendly, with no driver input required and adds reassurance for the driver that they will always have traction when it is required.

Subaru Boxer Engine

Boxer Engines are integral to what makes a Subaru a Subaru, the engine takes its name from the punch-counterpunch motion of the horizontal pistons within a lightweight, aluminium-alloy engine block.

Using a Boxer engine means that the engine can be positioned in line with the drivetrain for maximum transfer of power. Many other engines are transverse or perpendicular, which can require additional drivetrain components to transfer power, which results in reduced vehicle efficiency when compared to a Boxer engine.

The punch-counterpunch movements of the pistons balance each other out, which means the engine is smoother with reduced vibrations and noise. Additionally, the unit provides a lower centre of gravity and in turn, exquisite handling and poise plus greatly reduced roll when cornering.

XV will come with a choice of a 1.6L or 2.0L Boxer engine in the UK.

1.6L Petrol

The 1.6L petrol engine is port injected.  Previously only available in a 2.0L variant, the new 1.6L has a compression ratio of 11.0:1.

Improvements in rigidity have ensured that vibration and noise are significantly reduced, and steering response has been improved for a more linear feel.

2.0L Petrol

The 2.0L petrol is direct injected and the compression ratio has been increased from 10.5:1 to 12.5:1.

A tumble generation valve and port internal baffle have been fitted to the intake which revises air flow in the intake, increasing airflow into the cylinder in order to achieve a better mixture and improved fuel efficiency. Another result of development has led to the highest brake thermal efficiency in its class.

Fuel cooling has been harnessed in conjunction with reduced pressure loss throughout the intake and exhaust systems for increased power versus outgoing XV.

The rigidity of the engine block has been increased, and additional mounting points help to minimise vibrations and reduce noise across various engine operating ranges. In addition, this adds to a more consistent feel between acceleration performance and the engine noise.

Please see the full technical specifications at the rear of this press pack.

Lineartronic Transmission

Lineartronic is the first Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) adopted for AWD use. Lineartronic has been designed specifically for use with Boxer engines and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to optimise fuel consumption via a stepless gear ratio and optimal power band.

Lineartronic combines a torque converter with lockup damper and a CVT system which offers a wider ratio coverage than a traditional automatic transmission, which improves drivability and fuel economy.

On Lineartronic equipped petrol models, Single pinion planetary gears and a hydraulic multi-disc clutch are combined for forward/reverse changeover and this is located after the secondary pulley.

The lockup damper specially designed for Lineartronic has significantly improved the damping of torque fluctuations, meaning the typical CVT “surge” has been dramatically reduced as well as providing the driver with a realistic acceleration response. The auto stepped speed control matches engine noise to acceleration performance.

A manual mode is also included, which can be selected via the gear lever or paddle shift on the steering wheel (on 2.0 XV only). The driver has the option to use this facility on a temporary basis for flexibility by using the paddles when the gear selector is in the Drive position, and the system returns to drive mode should no further paddle input be received. For additional traction, the driver can choose to set off in 2nd gear by putting the gear selector into manual and flicking the upshift paddle.


The new exterior design is sporty, distinctive and bold, generating a tough and robust appearance that conveys New XV’s AWD capability.

Angular wheel arch extensions provide protection to the bodywork while contributing to the rugged styling.  The sculpted wings and side profile accentuate New XV’s dynamic design and ground clearance of an impressive 220 mm.

The windscreen angle has been increased and the rear section of the roofline lowered for a flowing silhouette that improves aerodynamic performance but retains interior space.  The aerial has been upgraded to a shark fin antenna.

The roof spoiler and wide rear design contribute to New XV’s substantial shape.  The rear roof spoiler and side surrounds are blacked out to produce a wide and intense appearance on the rear window.  Rear combination lights are positioned to jut out where profile lines converge.

The hexagonal grille has been given a sharper, more defined shape and incorporates the distinctive Subaru wing design which flows through to the C-shaped headlights, evoking the horizontally opposed engine.

Wheels have been upgraded in style on both engine variants and have increased in size to 18” alloy wheels on the 2.0L.

New XV is equipped with keyless entry and a push button start system as standard.  The driver’s door handle has a touch sensor to both open and lock the doors and the interior button will start the engine as soon as the brake pedal is depressed.


A bold, refined interior design mirrors the sculpted exterior styling with strong contours to create dynamic shaping.  Attention has been paid to every detail in the refined interior. The high-quality finish from door handles to air vents creates an elegant ambience while metallic casing surrounds on the instrument panel, steering wheel and gear stick add sophistication and contribute to driving enjoyment.

For added convenience, an electronic handbrake is standard on New XV.

Superior comfort is provided from a new sculpted seat shape and design with firm upper-body support provided by the seatbacks.   All variants of New XV have heated front seats as standard and are finished with orange overstitching that is repeated in the decorative panels, dash and door trim.

The SE level is equipped with charcoal grey fabric seat trim that benefits from a stylish yet practical pattern which conceals small stains and blemishes. SE Premium features leather seats that include an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

The quality of soft touch plastics and finishes have been improved across the interior, without losing the functionality and hard-wearing features that Subaru customers love.


The touchscreen size has been increased on XV from 7” to a new 8” multifunction colour touchscreen which has been upgraded to contain Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto® functionality and DAB radio.

The wide colour 4.3” LCD Multi-Information Display screen provides information on fuel economy, driving conditions and outside temperature etc and has been refreshed with more realistic graphics to provide an advanced, premium look.


XV has been re-packaged for improved interior comfort and versatility. The car is the same height as the outgoing version but 20mm wider and 15mm longer.

Boot space has increased by a volume of 5 litres and luggage capacity has been improved with a wider boot opening for easier loading. 

UK Specification

In the UK, New XV will be available with two engines, 1.6L and 2.0L Boxer petrol, paired to a Lineartronic transmission and offered in two different trim levels: SE and SE Premium. 

A full specification list is at the end of this press pack.

  • New XV has the following equipment in addition to the outgoing model:
  • EyeSight
  • Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection
  • X-Mode & Hill Descent Control
  • Keyless Entry & Push Button Start System (SE)
  • 8” Touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto®
  • Shark Fin Antenna
  • LED Headlights
  • High Beam Assist
  • Steering Responsive Headlights
  • Electronic hand brake
  • 18” Alloy Wheels (2.0L only)

SE Premium will have the following equipment in addition to the SE:

  • Satellite Navigation
  • Leather Seats
  • 8 way power adjustable driver’s seat
  • Sunroof

The 1.6L SE & SE Premium are equipped with 17” Alloy Wheels and the 2.0L SE & SE Premium are equipped with 18” Alloy Wheels.

New XV will be available in a choice of six colours, with Crystal White Pearl free of charge, and all other colours priced at £550 (including VAT).




Crystal White Pearl

Pure Red

Quartz Blue Pearl

Ice Silver Metallic

Dark Grey Metallic

Cool Grey Khaki





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