Pricing and specification levels for all-wheel drive Subaru XV revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 31, 2012

Subaru has revealed the specification and pricing levels for the XV, which is its latest all-wheel drive crossover vehicle. For entry-level 1.6i S models, the price begins at £21,295. This latest addition to the company's lineup is set to firmly establish itself as one of the best-value-for-money and most capable compact crossover ever.

The Subaru XV has achieved the five-star rating of Euro NCAP, making it officially certified as the safest automobile in its class.

In terms of child occupant safety, the vehicle also scores particularly high. This vehicle combines functionality and style with generous levels of standard-fit equipment, making it stand out from among its many established compact crossover competitors. Each XV is fitted with two key Subaru technologies -- a Boxer engine and the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

This will ensure that the new vehicle feels engaging and at the same time, is incredibly safe to drive in all conditions. Subaru is positive that the XV will cater to the needs of current customers while attracting new ones to the brand.The new XV comes with three options of Euro V-compliant Boxer engines -- a 2-liter diesel as well as a 1.6-liter and a 2-liter petrol.

The 1.6-liter petrol engine develops 114ps while the 2-liter petrol generates 150ps. On the other hand, the 2-liter diesel develops 147ps and 350Nm.  The go-anywhere XV comes with a choice of a six-speed CVT automatic (petrol only) or a five and six-speed manual. The 2.0 diesel XV, which is possibly the bestselling version in the United Kingdom, accelerates from a standstill to 60mph in 9.3 seconds.

On the combined cycle, it provides a class-leading fuel economy of 50.4mpg with 146g/km of CO2 emissions. The XV also showcases the lowest centre of gravity and the highest ground clearance in class, making it highly ideal for both on and off the road.

Even entry-level S models showcase a standard kit list that is better than what many models from luxury compact SUV manufacturers offer. The standard features include ABS, Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (SVDC), traction control, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning and daytime LED running lights. Airbags on the knee, curtain, side and front are also standard.

The new Subaru XV has an ample wheelbase, which had been secured without increasing the vehicle’s length. After moving forward the A-pillars, the passenger compartment now conveys spaciousness. Extending the wheelbase has contributed to more space, including more leg room for rear-seat passengers. In fact, the Subaru XV now has more knee room for rear-seat occupants compared to other vehicles in its class. In turn, this contributes to greater comfort.

What’s more, there are improvements to the XV’s door’s internal structure, increasing the passenger compartment’s space in the transverse direction. There is more shoulder/elbow room, too. All in all, the driver and passengers are reaping the advantages of the new Subaru XV’s best-in-class spaciousness.

Another modification is the bottom edge of the vehicle’s A-pillars, which has been moved forward in order to accentuate spaciousness. Additionally, there are lesser obstructions to the field of view, achieved by optimizing the pillar’s cross-section and by fitting a triangular quarter glass at the front of the rear-view mirrors. The heater unit and the ducts have also been repositioned for a roomier interior. The instrument panel’s top has also been lowered in the process. Moreover, the gaps between the floor and the side sill have also been closed. Plus, the XV also has higher seat positions, typical in an SUV, that make it easier for passengers to get inside and outside of the vehicle.

Lastly, the floor of the new Subaru XV’s cargo area as well as its roof’s internal structure, boasts an entirely new design. The vehicle also includes a repair kit for flat tires, making it possible to secure the right amount of space from floor to roof.

Topics: subaru, subaru xv, price

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