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Subaru XV 2021 review: 2.0i-L snapshot

The XV 2.0i-L is the second rung up in Subaru’s four-tier small SUV range.

The XV 2.0i-L is the second rung up in Subaru’s four-tier small SUV range. It wears an MSRP of $31,990.

Competing with mid-tier variants of the Hyundai Kona, Kia Seltos, Toyota C-HR, and Mitsubishi ASX, the 2.0i-L has as standard Subaru’s signature all-wheel-drive system. It is also one of only two XV variants available as a hybrid, wearing an MSRP of $35,490.

The 2.0i-L adds to the base 2.0i by adding a larger 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen, a leather-appointed wheel and shifter, and premium cloth-trimmed seats, but continues with the standard 17-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlights, standard air conditioning, as well as keyless entry and push-start ignition.

Importantly, the 2.0i-L is the first grade to get the forward-facing components of Subaru’s EyeSight safety suite, which includes freeway-speed auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and lead vehicle start alert.

The 2.0i-L is powered by the same 2.0-litre non-turbo four-cylinder boxer engine as the rest of the petrol range, with power outputs of 115kW/196Nm. It is CVT automatic only and drives all four wheels.

Meanwhile the Hybrid L has a 2.0-litre engine with 110kW/196Nm paired to an electric motor housed in the transmission, which can assist with 12.3kW/66Nm.

Petrol XVs have a relatively small boot capacity of 310 litres (VDA), while the L and S Hybrid have a 345-litre boot capacity, with these hybrid options losing the space-saver spare under the floor in favour of a puncture-repair kit.

The 2.0i-L shares the range’s maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating awarded in 2017, and is covered by the brand’s five-year and unlimited-kilometre warranty.

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Range and Specs

2.0I Premium AWD 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $28,300 – 37,510 2021 Subaru XV 2021 2.0I Premium AWD Pricing and Specs
2.0I AWD 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $23,700 – 32,120 2021 Subaru XV 2021 2.0I AWD Pricing and Specs
2.0I-L AWD 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $26,100 – 34,650 2021 Subaru XV 2021 2.0I-L AWD Pricing and Specs
2.0I-S AWD 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $30,800 – 40,370 2021 Subaru XV 2021 2.0I-S AWD Pricing and Specs
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